THE LOS BANOS RAID: The 11th Airborne Jumps at Dawn

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Recounts a mission on which 11th Airborn Division paratroopers freed prisoners of war

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The Los Banos rescue mission had all the makings of a textbook military operation: a highly trained and equipped attacking force (including paratroops and amphibious vehicles), excellent information on the objective (a Philippine prison camp holding starving Allied civilians and run by a small Japanese force), surprise, and, in the end, crisp execution. Flanagan, a veteran of the Philippine fighting, includes the considerable planning that went into the raid and some eyewitness accounts of life in the camp before and during the rescue; he follows all the units as they approach the camp 25 miles inside enemy lines; finally, he describes the awful aftermath exacted on the Filipinos when the raiders withdrew and mentions the criminal trial of the chief Japanese culprit after the war. A fine account done in entertaining style. Mel D. Lane, Sacramento, Cal.
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Los Banos was an internment camp in the Philippines for Allied prisoners during World War II, 25 miles behind Japanese lines. On February 23, 1945, a combined force of guerrillas and U.S. airborn troops rescued all 2122 internees, evacuating them under fire without loss of life or even injury to rescuer or rescued. The exciting story is told in narrative form, with interesting characters (American, Filipino and Japanese soldiers, as well as various internees) and vividly described action. Flanagan, a retired Lt. Gen. and veteran of the campaign of which this raid was part, includes a chapter analyzing the operation in the context of Clausewitz's principles of war, which demonstrates that the raid was not only a brilliant achievement but almost without parallel in modern military historya perfect operation.
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