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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission Summary
Hampton Sides

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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission Summary

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In 1942, following the outbreak of World War II, the Japanese assaulted the Philippine islands and ultimately captured them. This action resulted in many prisoners of war as the American Navy was unable to evacuate most soldiers. Many thousands of prisoners were interred in the Cabanatuan Camp where they languished without medicine, adequate food, or other supplies. In 1945, American forces were recapturing Luzon. Fearing the Japanese would massacre the approximately 500 surviving prisoners of war at Cabanatuan, a rescue mission was successfully carried out.

Subsequent to the overpowering Japanese assault on Luzon, the defending forces retreated to the Bataan peninsula and were then concentrated in a tiny area. Those who could not be evacuated surrendered by order of General King. The Japanese ordered a forced mass evacuation to clear the area for use as an offensive staging area. Under the direction of General Homma, the Japanese conducted a forced march...

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