Rock Force: The American Paratroopers Who Took Back Corregidor and Exacted MacArthur's Revenge on Japan

Rock Force: The American Paratroopers Who Took Back Corregidor and Exacted MacArthur's Revenge on Japan

From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of No Easy Day comes a thrilling World War II story of the American airborne soldiers who captured a Japanese-held island fortress

In late December 1941, General Douglas MacArthur, caught off guard by the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, is forced to retreat to Corregidor, a jagged, rocky island fortress at the mouth of Manila Bay. Months later, under orders from the president, the general is whisked away in the dark of night, leaving his troops to their fate. It is a bitter pill for a fiercely proud warrior who has always protected his men. He famously declares "I shall return," but the humiliation of Corregidor haunts him, even earning him the derisive nickname "Dugout Doug."

In early 1945, MacArthur returns to the Philippines, his eyes firmly fixed on Corregidor. To take back the island, he calls on the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, a highly trained veteran airborne unit. Their mission is to jump onto the island—hemmed in by sheer cliffs, pockmarked by bomb craters, bristling with deadly spiky broken tree trunks—and wrest it from some 6,700 Japanese defenders who await, fully armed and ready to fight to the death.

Drawn from firsthand accounts and personal interviews with the battle's surviving veterans, acclaimed war correspondent and bestselling author Kevin Maurer delves into this extraordinary tale, uncovering astonishing accounts of bravery and heroism during an epic, yet largely forgotten, clash of the Pacific War. Here is an intimate story of uncommon soldiers showing uncommon courage and winning, through blood and sacrifice, the redemption of General MacArthur.

Title:Rock Force: The American Paratroopers Who Took Back Corregidor and Exacted MacArthur's Revenge on Japan
ISBN:9781524744762
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    Rock Force: The American Paratroopers Who Took Back Corregidor and Exacted MacArthur's Revenge on Japan Reviews

  • Alex Kershaw

    Loved this book. It's an amazing true story never told before. We always think of Europe when we think of WW2 paras. Think again. Written with real gusto and style. Proper page turner....

  • Beth

    This was an alright story, however I didn’t find it really compelling or exciting. I understand the importance since we mostly hear about paratroopers in the European theater. So on that point, I se...

  • Randall Thomas

    An outstanding book on a battle I knew nothing about. Written as a story made it easier to follow than some other battle histories where one needs a map to keep track of the movements. Some reviewers ...

  • Steve

    Very interesting book as well as enjoyable!!!! When I think of American paratroopers during World War II, I think of the 82ns and 101st Airborne that fought in Europe. I never knew of the 503rd Parach...

  • Randall Malone

    Amazing book about real life heroes. They weren’t called the greatest generation for nothing. This book hit home as my grandfather also fought for the liberation of the Philippines. Loved it. Defini...

  • Ernesto Ludman

    Fascinating story about a bit of history I knew nothing about before I picked up the book. Very skilled writer who knows how to keep the reader engaged....

  • Rich Iorio

    This book has a special significance to me, my grandfather jumped on Corregidor with the 503rd. He said he went out the door his the wind pushed his helmet over his eyes he pushed it up next thing he ...