Rescue at Los Banos

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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.


  • RescueAtLosBanos_03_Chapter2

    Duration: 26min
  • RescueAtLosBanos_12_Chapter11

    Duration: 24min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_01_Open

    Duration: 15s
  • RescueAtLosBaños_02_Chapter1

    Duration: 38min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_04_Chapter3

    Duration: 30min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_05_Chapter4

    Duration: 43min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_06_Chapter5

    Duration: 31min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_07_Chapter6

    Duration: 44min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_08_Chapter7

    Duration: 36min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_09_Chapter8

    Duration: 38min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_10_Chapter9

    Duration: 18min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_11_Chapter10

    Duration: 33min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_13_Chapter12

    Duration: 24min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_14_Chapter13

    Duration: 17min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_15_Chapter14

    Duration: 31min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_16_Chapter15

    Duration: 43min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_17_Chapter16

    Duration: 35min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_18_Chapter17

    Duration: 11min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_19_Epilogue

    Duration: 47min
  • RescueAtLosBaños_20_DramatisPersonae

    Duration: 17min
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