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Fascinating account of a daring POW prison break during WWII
on April 3, 2017
This is a fascinating account of a prison escape by a group of US POWs in the Philippines in World War II. After surviving the Bataan Death March and horrific prison camp conditions, they were eventually transferred to the Davao penal colony, where a small group of soldiers hatched an escape plan and somehow survived.
The book is interesting for a lot of reasons: First, I didn't know much about the War in the Pacific as it related to Japanese treatment of Americans, which was truly shocking. The book provides a statistic about the number of POWs who died at the hands of the Japanese in the Pacific versus the number who died at the hands of the Germans and Italians in Europe, and the difference is staggering. Additionally, the hostile terrain of of the Philippines made escape that much more difficult.
I was also unfamiliar with the guerrilla network in the Philippines. Without giving too much away, it was critical to the escapees' long-term survival.
I thought the last quarter of the book dragged a little bit and could've been summarized into a few pages, but overall, it was a quick read with some moments of white-knuckled terror. I highly recommend.