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

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission Author Hampton Sides
ISBN-10 038549565X
ISBN-13 9780385495653
Year 2002-05-07
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Anchor
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The greatest World War II story never told Esquire an enthralling account of the heroic mission to rescue the last survivors of the Bataan Death March On January 28 1945 121 hand selected U S troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines Their mission March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation In Ghost Soldiers Hampton Sides vividly re creates this daring raid offering a minute by minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation tropical diseases and torture Harrowing poignant and inspiring Ghost Soldiers is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission It is also a testament to the human spirit an account of enormous bravery and self sacrifice amid the most trying conditions

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