Rescue at Los Baños

Rescue at Los Baños

The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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From the bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Baños in the Philippines--a tale of daring, courage, and heroism that joins the ranks of Ghost Soldiers, Unbroken, and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.

In February 1945, as the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew nearer, the Japanese army grew desperate, and its soldiers guarding U.S. and Allied POWs more sadistic. Starved, shot and beaten, many of the 2,146 prisoners of the Los Baños prison camp in the Philippines--most of them American men, women and children--would not survive much longer unless rescued soon.

Deeply concerned about the half-starved and ill-treated prisoners, General Douglas MacArthur assigned to the 11th Airborne Division a dangerous rescue mission deep behind enemy lines that became a deadly race against the clock. The Los Baños raid would become one of the greatest triumphs of that war or any war; hailed years later by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell: "I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival the Los Baños prison raid. It is the textbook operation for all ages and all armies."

Combining personal interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and archival research, Rescue at Los Baños tells the story of a remarkable group of prisoners--whose courage and fortitude helped them overcome hardship, deprivation, and cruelty--and of the young American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to save them.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062325068
Characteristics: 366 pages : illustrations, maps


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May 08, 2019

Civilians from across the Philippines are starving to death in a Japanese prison camp. Can the American military get there in time? Well written by the prolific Bruce Henderson, the facts are better than fiction.

Jul 16, 2015

I too read books about Los Banos. My mother, aunt and grandmother survived. My grandfather and uncle did not. My brothers and I are excited to read this book

Jul 08, 2015

I have been reading books about the Los Banos Internment Camp for years. Why?? Because my mother and her brother(my uncle)were held there for most of WWII. This one of the best. I know this book is on hold for other readers and I am interested if these readers have personal connections, as I do, or are historians. The Los Banos/Santo Thomas camps have a population of survivors and their children in this area. Un fortunately , this population of survivors is dying out. I have info re: contacts in the area, and if you are interested in contacting me, leave a message on this book review site. We can talk, if you feel comfortable. Thanks Roger Kelly.

Jul 02, 2015


It is an interesting story on a number of levels. First, it shows again how War brings out both the humanity and inhumanity in those in the middle of the maelstrom of conflict. Second, it is a book that honors the work of the military, in particular the 11th Air Borne, paratroopers , Army Air Force pilots, and Phillipine Guerrillas. Third it tells the story of the civilan internees and the hardships they faced and the bravery and perserverence they showed. This includes the role of the women of the camp Navy Nurses, mothers, and wives. The book gives a well written account of a heroic coordinated rescue from the individuals that were there. It tells the story of the War in the Phillipines, which has not received the historic attention that is deserved.


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Aug 18, 2015

Of the 164 graduates in the Class of 1915, sixty-one went on to attain the rank of general officer, a West Point record...

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Only those who are not afraid to die are fit to live in freedom.

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...: he who strikes first, strikes hardest.

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The Angels of the 11th Airborne...

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