Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Larry Alexander

Narrated By: Norman Dietz

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: February 2009

Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes


Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the army had to offer. Their task: silently slip onto Japanese-held islands, stalk through the thick jungles, and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task, doomed to failure, but incredibly, the Alamo Scouts were a valuable success.

Throughout the years 1944 and 1945, the Scouts performed a wide array of special operations, many of them classified for decades after the war. More than just a recon and intelligence outfit, the Scouts also conducted rescue missions to recover captured military and civilian prisoners from Japanese camps, organized and supplied guerrilla freedom fighters, and provided protection for General MacArthur himself. They completed at least 107 known missions against superior numbers of enemy troops, but not a single Scout was killed or captured.

Writing with the narrative power usually found in a novel, Larry Alexander takes listeners in the footsteps of the men who made up the elite reconnaissance unit that served as General MacArthur's eyes and ears in the Pacific War. Drawing from personal interviews and testimonies from Scout veterans, Alexander weaves together the tales of the individual Scouts, who often spent weeks behind enemy lines to complete their missions. Now, more than sixty years after the war, the story of the Alamo Scouts has finally been told.


  • Anonymous

    This is an excellent accounting of the Alamo Scouts, a special operations unit created within the 6th Army in the Southwest Pacific in WWII. These highly trained men were sent behind enemy lines to scout and perform reconnaissance ahead of invasions. They also performed special missions, the most famous of which was the POW rescue at Cabanatuan in the Philippines. This book is well written and well read. Because of the secrecy surrounding the unit, only a few remaining men were able to tell their stories. It staggers the imagination to contemplate a full accounting of their actions, something which sadly will never come to pass. These guys were real heroes, who fought a real, dangerous enemy. The most amazing aspect of their story however is that they never lost a man in action.

Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II

by Larry Alexander

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