Ghost Soldiers

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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Author Hampton Sides
Country United States
Language English
Genre history
Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date
Pages 343
ISBN 9781299076518
OCLC 842990576
Former Cabanatuan POWs march to freedom

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission is a non-fiction book written by Hampton Sides first published in 2002. It is about the World War II Allied prison camp raid at Cabanatuan in the Philippines.


In late January 1945, 121 Ranger volunteers set out to perform a rescue of over 513 Allied prisoners of war in a Japanese camp near the Philippine city of Cabanatuan. The prisoners, survivors of the Bataan Death March, had lived in deplorable conditions for three years, suffering from starvation, tropical diseases, and abuse from Japanese soldiers. Ghost Soldiers recounts the story of the prisoners, the Ranger unit performing the raid, and the Filipino guerrillas who provided assistance. A massacre of American soldiers at Palawan alerted U.S. commanders to the danger of mass POW executions as the Japanese retreated from the Philippines. As a consequence, they planned and executed a mission to rescue the POWs from Cabanatuan prison camp. Ghost Soldiers provides historical background to the events leading to the raid, detailed accounts of camp conditions and the prisoner's heroic will to survive, and the planning and successful execution of the rescue.

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