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Bataan, Phil Scouts, Cabanatuan in History Channel (Read 7164 times)
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Bataan, Phil Scouts, Cabanatuan in History Channel
Dec 04th, 2006, 10:38am
 
This episode of Shootout! was shown last weekend but there will be a rerun on Saturday, Dec. 9th. at 1pm. (History Channel).

According to someone who already saw it, some indivual heroics of Philippine Scouts in Bataan were shown and dramatized in the first half of the show. The second half was about the rescue at Cabanatuan.

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Shootout Episode: Raid on Bataan Death Camp
Saturday, December 09, 1:00 PM

With the American fleet still smoldering in Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack the Philippines. Thousands of American GIs and their Filipino allies are surrounded on the Bataan Peninsula. The American-led force finally surrenders, only to be subjected to the horrors of the Bataan Death March. Three years later the American military return to the shores of the Philippines on a secret mission to liberate 500 Allied prisoners still languishing behind the barbed wire of the Cabanatua death camp. Captain Bob Prince and Lt. Robert Andersen were there, and they take us shot-by-shot through one of the most daring lightning raids in history.

Running Time: 60 minutes
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Re: Bataan, Phil Scouts, Cabanatuan in History Cha
Reply #1 - Dec 10th, 2006, 4:24am
 
Here are a few screen shots from the show. The History Channel has not posted a schedule for the re-run but the DVD of the episode will be available for sale from their website on January 15th, 2007.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Col. Olson in it as well as John Whitman.

   

   
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Re: Bataan, Phil Scouts, Cabanatuan in History Cha
Reply #2 - Dec 11th, 2006, 11:07am
 
The series episode showed the 57th in Mabatang digging in. It talked about the infamous cane field that they were not allowed to burn down and where the attacking Japanese came out from.

They showed Col. Olson talking about the Scouts' and especially their reputation for being excellent marksmen.

It dramatized the heroics of PFC Narcisco Ortilano who single handedly beat back 11 Japanese who attacked his position. The next morning he was still in position, bleeding but still in his defensive position.

They mentioned that the Japanese gave up trying to breach the Scout lines and moved west to try their luck on the Philippine army lines.

The segment also showed some members of the 31st Infantry in actions near the end of the campaign, capture and the Death March. The latter half talked about the Cabanatuan raid.

A good effort in telling the story. This is the first documentary I've seen that spent a substantial amount of time showing and portraying the Philippine Scouts, instead of just being mentioned in passing.

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