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Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in , General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit.
Out of thousands, only men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the army had to offer. Their task: silently slip onto 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. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Sort order. Dec 26, Olethros rated it liked it. Lo que nos cuenta. Jul 14, Charlie rated it it was amazing. The Alamo Scouts were Shadow's in the Jungle. This elite group performed like no other. The more I read about them the more it was hard to believe what they went thru.
Some of their raids to release POW's were beyond belief. Larry Alexander, the author, did an excellent job in putting this story together. He did such a good job that I plan to google books about the Alamo Scouts. Mar 08, J. The beginning of the book starts off with a big WOW! Immediately following that is another exciting story of an actual jungle operation. Compared to that incredible beginning, it gets a little dull while it explains the history behind the Stories from the Alamo Scouts, an intelligence-gathering unit which served in the Pacific in covert operations during WWII.
Compared to that incredible beginning, it gets a little dull while it explains the history behind the founding, recruitment, and early training of the Scouts. But it doesn't last long before getting back to exciting stories of dangerous missions. For most of their history, the Alamo Scouts were considered secret and they and their heroic stories remained largely unknown. So it's unfortunate that by the time this book was written most of the men had already passed away. But Larry Alexander makes the most of the information he was able to get from the surviving members. There's a lot of dialog in the book, which seems a bit dubious given the 60 years that have elapsed since the events, and much of it sounds very Hollywoodish, but it's still an exciting read.
Readers who enjoyed Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides might enjoy this one, too.
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Mar 17, Maggie Shanley rated it liked it. Solidly researched historical overview of the Alamo Scouts and their role in intelligence gathering and rescue missions in the Pacific during World War II. This book was very good, but not quite as engaging as Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides. Jan 08, Am rated it it was amazing.
This book is about my father and his Special Forces unit in WW2. It's a fictionalized account of the Scouts' exploits during the war in the South Pacific. It's very close to my heart, and should be read by any WW2 junkie or curiosity seeker. Apr 09, Cullen rated it really liked it. This is a pretty good book about a largely unknown aspect of the Pacific War. Given how much of what the Scouts did was classified after the war because the tactics and techniques would be used by the Rangers and Special Forces, only recently has their story been able to come out.
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What's really amazing about the Scouts is that they never lost a man in combat. These were guys who went behind Japanese lines, gathered intelligence, raided supply depots, rescued prisoners, and even went after Japanes This is a pretty good book about a largely unknown aspect of the Pacific War. These were guys who went behind Japanese lines, gathered intelligence, raided supply depots, rescued prisoners, and even went after Japanese generals in the Philippines.
The Japanese never knew what hit them. While Larry Alexander does a fairly good job of trying to include as many of the Scouts in his history as possible, he does so with a downside I'm not sure how he could have done it better, but I think something is lost in his approach. Despite that, this is an exciting and interesting aspect of the war that is worth reading about. Jul 03, Fred rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , history , military-history , world-war This was a great book about a little known and researched unit of the United States Army that fought throughout the Pacific theater of operations in World War 2.
They would typically infiltrate behind Japanese lines, insert onto islands, etc. Somet This was a great book about a little known and researched unit of the United States Army that fought throughout the Pacific theater of operations in World War 2. Sometimes, their missions turned more commando in nature involving the freeing of POWs, etc. Worth reading for fans of obscure military history, but not a great place to start for a casual reader looking for a more general book on WW2. This book was a little different than many WWII books I've read in that you read individual stories of a somewhat large group of men.
It was really interesting learning about some of their heroics in the Pacific Theater.
It feels almost disrespectful writing this, but by the ends some of the stories started feeling redundant. I think I learned most from this book about the indigenous people on the islands where the battles took place. It is really sad that these men didn't get recognition for be This book was a little different than many WWII books I've read in that you read individual stories of a somewhat large group of men.
It is really sad that these men didn't get recognition for being special forces until the 80's. Aug 08, Scott rated it it was amazing.
Shadows In The Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines In World War Ii
A very good read on a forgotten aspect of the war in the Pacific. The author shows a great deal of knowledge about the individuals involved plus the local geography. I highly recommend this book. Feb 01, Donna Herrick rated it liked it. Nov 24, William DuFour rated it it was amazing Shelves: military , history.
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View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Drawing on personal interviews with and recollections by veterans, the author of Biggest Brother chronicles the exploits of the Alamo Scouts, members of an elite Army reconnaissance unit during World War II, a group that spent weeks behind enemy lines to gather much needed intelligence for Allied forces in the Pacific. About the Author : Larry Alexander has been a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal newspaper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for more than a decade, winning numerous awards for excellence in journalism.
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