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

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A new account of World War II heroism from the national bestselling author of Biggest Brother.

Determined to retake the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur organized a first- rate intelligence-gathering unit. They were called the Alamo Scouts.

Larry Alexander follows the men who made up the elite recon unit t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by NAL Hardcover
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Dec 26, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Todavía quedan cosas a tratar sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial que estén poco o nada sobadas.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Aproximación novelada (pero sin un ápice de ficción, al parecer) a los Alamo Scouts, unidad bastante pequeña de las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses que mezclaba actividades cercanas al reconocimiento profundo, la inteligencia especialmente y algo de operaciones especiales tras las líneas japonesas, cuya actividad en el Pacífico durante los dos últimos años de la Segunda
Jul 30, 2013 Charlie rated it it was amazing
The Alamo Scouts were Shadow's in the Jungle. This elite group performed like no other. The more I read about them the more it was hard to believe what they went thru. Some of their raids to release POW's were beyond belief. The Scouts had nerves of STEEL.
Larry Alexander, the author, did an excellent job in putting this story together.
He did such a good job that I plan to google books about the Alamo Scouts.
Jan 16, 2015 J. rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii
Stories from the Alamo Scouts, an intelligence-gathering unit which served in the Pacific in covert operations during WWII. The beginning of the book starts off with a big WOW!, recounting the story of an elderly man with a cane being attacked by a mugger - and then promptly taking down the mugger using his cane. Immediately following that is another exciting story of an actual jungle operation. Compared to that incredible beginning, it gets a little dull while it explains the history behind the ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Am rated it it was amazing
This book is about my father and his Special Forces unit in WW2. It's a fictionalized account of the Scouts' exploits during the war in the South Pacific. It's very close to my heart, and should be read by any WW2 junkie or curiosity seeker.
Aug 07, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
I just could not get enough of resistance movements after reading the Jedburghs so I picked Shadows in the Jungle up. I don't regret picking it up but I wish that I had not read it right after Irwin's book. This book seemed to lack the detail and personal aspect of the resistance that The Jedburghs portrayed. Telling the tales of one of the most efficient special forces units of all times, Larry Alexander kept my interest up enough to keep me reading. Some of the accomplishments of the Alamo Sco ...more
Doug Dams
Nov 12, 2013 Doug Dams rated it it was ok
General Douglas McArthur distrusted the OSS and the joint chiefs of staff and wanted his own reconnaissance unit. He asked Maj. Gen. Walter Krueger to form an all volunteer unit to work behind enemy lines. Maj. Gen. Krueger's command was code named Alamo Force in honor of the Spanish Mission in his adopted hometown. Krueger formed the 6th Army Special Reconnaissance Unit which became known as the Alamo Scouts.
The Alamo Scouts in camouflage uniforms were sent behind enemy lines by submarine or P
Justin Tischendorf
Oct 29, 2012 Justin Tischendorf rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves history and WWII
In Shadows In The Jungle it tells the story of an elite intelligence unit named the Alamo Scouts, made up of the most elite soldiers in all military branches that preform the most dangerous of task such as recon on Japanese-held islands and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, troop strength, and rescue missions and while they do all this stuff they have to try and stay completely undetected to keep the element of surprise on their side. I think this story is so amazing because it tells ...more
May 10, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, us-history
This book details many of the missions of the Alamo Scouts an elite reconaissance force established by General Macarthur in the Pacific, he didn't trust the OSS. These small units of soldiers would go onto the islands in the Pacific ahead of the invasion force and scout out targets and landing zones for the Navy. The Alamo Scouts conducted 108 missions behind enemy lines killing more than 500 Japanese soldiers and rescuing hundreds of enemy P.O.W's and civilians held by the Japanese. They conduc ...more
Donnie Edgemon
Jul 25, 2011 Donnie Edgemon rated it liked it
The Alamo Scouts are one of those small units that performed remarkable tasks in WWII. The war was full of such units that have great stories, and I enjoy reading about all of them. I did not love the writing style of this book, though. In some ways it reads like an official account in that it progresses mission by mission without much separation between the relatively extraordinary and routine actions. In other ways, the book is a bit contrived because it is clear that the author re-created con ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good book about true American heroes

Well written and documented. The author did a magnificent job of bringing to light the incredible stories of true American heroes.
Mike O'Brien
Jun 24, 2014 Mike O'Brien rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-history
An excellent book about a little known unit based in the Pacific Theater. I think this is an great sourcebook for Wargamers as well as history buffs.
Aug 01, 2010 Diane rated it really liked it
Author starts out with a story about an 85 year old man who walks out of a restaurant with a doggy bag. He opens his car door, puts his doggy bag in the passenger side, and closes the door. He is then hit over the head by a mugger. The old man whips around with his cane and commences to beat the tar out of the young thug. When the police and paramedics come, the old guy is leaning against the car and the punk is lying on the ground writhing in pain. Turns out the old guy had been an Alamo Scout ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Abe rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read of a remarkable unit. I'm a sucker for anything that deals with World War II and the Philippines, but I thought this told an amazing story that most people don't know too much about. It loses a star simply because it doesn't go into enough detail about each of the men. I know it's difficult to reassemble each man's story over 60 years after it happened (especially when their missions were classified until the 1980s), but I just couldn't give it five stars when yo ...more
Brom Kim
Mar 14, 2010 Brom Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Sadly, due to their only recently de-classified status, there weren't a lot of members of this elite force, and forerunner to modern special forces alive when this was written, but what remains is fascinating.

Although the depth of detail is less than histories of other campaigns, for the previously stated reason, this book is chock full of hair raising accounts of guys being dropped off at night, in the surf, from PT boats in the South Pacific, to assault Japanese-held tropical islands - great s
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 24, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: history
During World War II General Douglas MacArthur created his own special operations intelligence force as he did not trust other sources. These men operated behind Japanese lines in small teams. Their mission and existence was kept classified for over twenty years. During their two years of existence they had over one hundred missions without losing a man.
Sep 11, 2013 David rated it liked it
It's a good narrative, though the narrator gets confused in places, and confusing in other places of the book, leaving you to try to figure it out, or just keep plodding along. Overall, I learned about a unit I never knew existed, and the vital role they played in the war in the Pacific.
Anita Brenner
Jul 04, 2012 Anita Brenner rated it it was amazing

WWII history of a South Pacific intel unit called the Alamo Scouts with lots about Bill Littlefield, my boss at the public defenders office in LA. Here's my column on Bill.
Mar 26, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Excellent book and very interesting content. I'd never heard of the Alamo Scouts before. I remember my grandpa (who served in the Pacific) tell me about groups that would go in before his Marine unit and look around for them.

Jul 20, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!! What a great tribute to such amazing heroes. Too bad they didn't get the recognition they deserved sooner. Almost halfway through this book I realized that the Robert Sumner was in fact my great uncle Bob Sumner.
Sep 09, 2010 Rich rated it liked it
An interesting look behind enemy lines in the WWII Pacific Rim battle front.
Dec 02, 2012 Maria rated it it was ok
Shelves: ww-2-goodies
Although I enjoy WW II stories, this one tended to drag a bit.
Jun 08, 2013 Tomlikeslife rated it liked it
A very easy read.
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Larry Alexander is a journalist and military historian who has written a number of books about World War II, most notably about Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Easy Company was made famous principally by Stephen Ambrose's book, Band of Brothers, and the television miniseries of that name.

For over a decade, Alexander has been a columnist for the "Intelligencer Journal"
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