The Rescue of the Bataan 'Ghosts' DVD
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- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 11, 2001
As World War II drew to a close, thousands of allied prisoners of war were held in Japanese concentration camps in the Pacific. Among the worst of these was Cabanatuan, where five hundred of the last survivors of the notorious Bataan Death March were clinging to life. As MacArthur's army advanced further into the Philippines, rescuing these prisoners became a priority, for there was reason to believe that the Japanese would execute them all before they retreated--which they'd done weeks before in the POW camp at Palawan.
THE RESCUE OF THE BATAAN GHOSTS tells the incredible story of the against-all-odds raid conducted by the Army Rangers of the Sixth Battalion. Planned in one day and carried out in two, the combination rescue and revenge mission saw 121 Rangers sneak 30 miles behind enemy lines, sometimes under the very bridges where Japanese troops were retreating.
With the help of Filipino guerillas and a caravan of carabao oxen, they eliminated the enemy troops and brought out the prisoners, who referred to themselves as "ghosts" because they thought they had long been forgotten.