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Veterans History Museum To Show Free WWII Movie 'The Great Raid'


Last updated 3/20/2019 at 3:04pm

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Artifacts in the museum depict weaponry used in the Pacific in World War II.

Visit the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. to enjoy the WWII movie "The Great Raid."

This film tells the story of perhaps one of the most unheralded, and yet successful rescue operations in U.S. Army history. Based on a true story chronicled by Hampton Sides in his book "The Ghost Soldiers," "The Great Raid" counts among its stars Benjamin Bratt, James Franco and Max Martini.

It's January 1945 – the last year of World War II. In the Philippines, the U.S. Army has landed on Luzon and is steadily pushing the Japanese back. General Walter Krueger, Sixth Army Commander, receives intelligence that the Japanese are murdering American prisoners of war (POWs) before they can be liberated. Krueger assigns the newly minted Sixth Army Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lt. Col. Henry Mucci, to rescue all 500-plus Allied prisoners being held at the Cabanatuan POW camp before they can be killed by their Japanese captors.

Delegated to pan the rescue, Captain Robert Prince meticulously developed a highly complex plan that involves marching over 30 miles to the POW camp, approaching the camp in broad daylight over open terrain, and then launching a surprise nighttime attack – all the while protecting their flanks and ensuring the safety of the prisoners during the raid. The raid itself is depicted through highly realistic action sequences that clearly convey the Rangers' tremendous courage, dedication and professionalism in the face of a determined and brutal foe.

The popcorn is free and the camaraderie is warm on Movie Night at the Museum.

The Veterans History Museum is located at 21 E. Main St. beside the courthouse in Brevard. Call (828) 884-2141.

Admission to the museum is free; it's open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.


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