By Ray C. Hunt
This can be an action-packed real tale of the struggle within the Pacific--guaranteed to fascinate these attracted to army historical past and strive against tales. here's the tale of Ray Hunt--one of the few American squaddies at the Bataan loss of life March who escaped.
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Extra resources for Behind Japanese Lines: An American Guerrilla in the Philippines
The enemy did more than just fire rifle bullets at us. The Japanese had many grenade throwers, which we called knee mortars, that lobbed shells up to seven hundred yards. Though these missiles were no larger than artillery shells, when they sailed overhead they sounded like large ashcans turning end over end. Though the density of a jungle restricts the damage that mortar shells can do, since most of them explode in the treetops, we found them sufficiently unnerving that we called in tanks to root out mortar emplacements.
In this atmosphere, just short of chaos, one group of prisoners would start walking from a certain place one day, another group would set out from somewhere else ten hours later, still another from a third locale the next day, and so on. As we tramped along the only road up the east coast of Bataan, we were joined at irregular intervals by small bands of men coming down jungle trails to surrender, and continually impeded by a steady stream of Japanese tanks, trucks, and soldiers pouring southward to begin the assault on Corregidor.
Russell Volckmann, with whom I had serious trouble later and who eventually became the leader of all the guerrillas in north Luzon, spent some time in the camp. He agreed with Monaghan that some men there had sunk to the level of beasts, but he thought they were only a small minority, much outnumbered by two other groups: In and Out of the Fassoth Camps 41 the despondent, pessimistic, and listless; and a band of heroic types who had grown in adversity, had become imaginative, resourceful, optimistic, and resolute.
Behind Japanese Lines: An American Guerrilla in the Philippines by Ray C. Hunt