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The Great Raid movie - to be released 8/12/05

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by GunGoBoom, Jul 29, 2005.

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  1. GunGoBoom

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    My late mom was an Army nurse in the Phillipines during World War II.
    After the raid, she took care of men who were rescued from the prison camp by the Rangers.
    I gave her the book the movie is based on, Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides, to read about six months before she died.
    She said it was hard for her to read, but she was glad she'd read it.
    I plan to see the movie.
     
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    Any info on the historical event it's based on?
     
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    One of the most successful use of Army Rangers in the history of the US military. Colonel Mucci should have been given the Medal of Honor but I believe he personally executed some of his men for sleeping on guard duty or something so he was giving the DSC instead. They killed like 500 Japanese and only lost a handful of men.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bataan/peopleevents/p_mucci.html
     
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    As noted above, the movie seems to be based on the same story recounted so well in Ghost Soldiers, by Hampton Sides.

    Ghost Soldiers is a fantastic book! It alternates chapters discussing the plight of the soldiers in the Bataan death march and the POW camp v. the American soldiers and Phillipino guerrillas who plannned and then pulled off an amazing and death-defying rescue of the survivors.

    It is one of the best books I have read about WWII in the Pacific.

    I hope the movie does the soldiers justice. There was a decent History Channel piece on the rescue a while back, but the book is so much better and more richly detailed. I highly recommend "Ghost Soldiers" and await the movie.
     
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    Hmmmmm

    Not long after it came out and I read Ghost Soldiers, I heard Tom Cruise had bought the film rights. Awesome book, sure they can turn it into an Alamo remake and we can feel sorry for the enemy troops for the medical experiments, torture and beheading competitions since we buy cars and stereos from them now. Let's hope they try to stick to history or the book etc.
    CT
     
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    Good book, hope the movie is as good. I'll get it if so.

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