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Escape From Davao Read Ê 102 Á On April 4 1943 ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan's most notorious prison camps The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor and the prison from which they escaped was surrounded by an impenetrable swamp and repuOn April 4 1943 ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japa. I've been off Goodreads for a couple of months Being on a payroll and balancing a family project work and a new smart phone haven't left much time for pontificating here But I have kept reading and I'll try to catch up with recommendation of John D Lukacs' first book Escape From Daveo is astounding to me as a 30 year reader of WWII history in that it's a story I've never heard 12 American enlisted men and officers with help from Phillipino guerillas and resistance members escaped from a Japanese prison camp in the middle of a malarial swamp in Mindanao They make their way behind resistance lines and eventually are rescued Several returned to America to tell of the atrocities committed by the Japanese army against ally prisoners Because of timing politics and the vagueries of a willfully censored press the story of whole thing was kept in a can until it was released as an attempt to sell war bonds well after the men had risked their lives to get the word outThe first half of the book detailing the siege and surrender of Bataan and Corregidor the Bataan death march prison camps hell ships and day to day live at Depecol Daveo Penal Colony are harrowing Thousands of American boys were executed summarily humiliated tortured starved and generally dehumanized The fact that a dozen men were able to find each other and say hell no we're getting out of here is a great testament to human determination If you liked Papillon this will be right up your alleyThe second half of the book dealing with the American response of everyone from MacArthur and Roosevelt to leading journalists and allies is maddening The news in America used to be managed by the government not the corporations so news of the Daveo escape was held back until allies and army intelligence could maneuver and until it would have maximum effect on war bond sales to pay for the expected invasion of JapanIt's a uick read and it has a raft of little known WWII history about the Phillipines and the American Phillipino resistance to the Japanese Imperial Army I understand now how people of a certain ageelderly at this point kept buying Chevys and Fords never bought a Honda or Mitsubishi

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Orregidor and the prison from which they escaped was surrounded by an impenetrable swamp and reputedly escape pro. Excellent book We don't hear about the Philippines during WW II because it was a shameful thing to leave so many Americans behind to face the advancing and brutal Japanese Many of them died horrible deaths This book tells the story of the only group of POW's to make it out of the Davao prison camp in the Philippines Escape was 99% impossible because Davao was surrounded by a dangerous swamp and most people that attempted either died or were captured These men not only made it out but went on to cause the Japanese some serious grief Up to this point the public had no idea what had happened to the fighting men in the Philippines when MacArthur left and the Japanese invaded What is shocking is the extreme censorship of the day but understanding that era is a big help to understand why a lid was kept on the story of the Philippines This is a well researched book and just about every paragraph has a link in the Kindle edition should you want to go directly to the footnote and read the source Bittersweet ending but I loved reading the epilogue to find out what the boys did after the war

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Escape From DavaoN's most notorious prison camps The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of C. This is an incredible story and you will be inspired by the will and resourcefulness of all of the escapees The physical and mental strain these guys must have experienced is unimaginable I enjoy the stories about how they managed to sneak around and snatch what the needed and how the hid their supplies I've read a few prison and POW escape stories but this one is particularly exciting because the terrain is so alien and challenging I celebrated all of their successes along the way There were many no waaaay moments but I'm not going to include any spoilers A brilliantly told story and a most enjoyable read