Friday, January 30, 2009

This Day In History -- Raid At Cabanatuan January 30, 1945

Photo: Former Cabanatuan POWs in celebration, 30 January 1945 U.S. National Archives

From Wikipedia:

The Raid at Cabanatuan in the Philippines on 30 January 1945 by US Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts and Filipino guerrillas resulted in the liberation of 512 [1] prisoners of war (POWs) from a Japanese POW camp near Cabanatuan and was a celebrated historic achievement involving Allied special forces during World War II.

Edward Dmytryk's 1945 film Back to Bataan starring John Wayne opens by retelling the story of the raid on the Cabanatuan POW camp. The raid was recreated, with great attention to historical accuracy, in the 2005 John Dahl film The Great Raid.

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My Comment: The 2005 Film, The Great Raid, is one of my favorites.

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