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Shadows in the jungle : the Alamo Scouts behind Japanese lines in World War II

Author: Larry Alexander
Publisher: NAL Caliber, New York : NAL Caliber, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Shadows in the Jungle is the up-close-and-personal story of the Alamo Scouts in the Pacific during World War II. Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the Army had to offer. Their task: silently slip into
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Alexander
ISBN: 9780451225931 0451225937
OCLC Number: 230916713
Description: 336 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Best of the Best 1 --
1 Hollandia: "Looks Like We Walk Home." 9 --
2 "I'll Form My Own Intelligence Unit." 26 --
3 Recruitment and Training 44 --
4 The First Mission 69 --
5 "God Bless You, Brave Soldiers." 84 --
6 " ... The Entire Shoreline Was Ablaze." 101 --
7 Final Operations in New Guinea 117 --
8 " ... By Far the Best Show I've Ever Seen." 139 --
9 The Rescue at Cape Oransbari 157 --
10 "Maybe We Can Save the World." 170 --
11 Samar/Ormoc Bay 198 --
12 "Only an Act of God Is Going to Get You Out." 218 --
13 First In, Last Out 230 --
14 "If I Don't Make It, It's Up to You." 257 --
15 "I Wouldn't Trade the Whole Damned Jap Army for One Alamo Scout." 272 --
16 "It Would Have Been Near Suicide." 298 --
Epilogue: Through the Years 307 --
Appendix A Alamo Scout Team Rosters 315.
Responsibility: Larry Alexander.
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Shadows in the Jungle is the up-close-and-personal story of the Alamo Scouts in the Pacific during World War II. Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, Gen. Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the Army had to offer. Their task: silently slip into Japanese-held islands, stalk through the thick jungles, and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task, doomed to failure, but incredibly, the Alamo Scouts were a valuable success. Throughout the years 1944 and 1945, the Scouts performed a wide array of special operations, many of them classified for decades after the war. More than just a recon and intelligence outfit, the Scouts also conducted rescue missions to recover captured military and civilian prisoners from Japanese camps, organized and supplied guerrilla freedom fighters, and provided protection for Gen. MacArthur himself. They completed at least 108 known missions against superior numbers of enemy troops, but not a single Scout was killed or captured. - Jacket flap.

Presents a narrative history of the reconnaissance missions assigned to 138 men by General Douglas MacArthur between 1944 and 1945 on Japanese-held islands, where they faced thick jungles and superior numbers of enemy troops.

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