In April 9, 1942, The United States surrendered the Bataan Peninsula on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese during World War II (1939-45). There were 75,000 Filipinos and American troops who were forced to participate in a 65-mile march to prison camps. 10,000 men – 1,000 Americans and 9,000 Filipinos – died. The first major atrocity occurred when between 350 and 400 Filipino officers and NCOs were summarily executed near the Pantingan river after they had surrendered. So many died because of no or little food or water or died because of heat and exhaustion. The POWs in the march who fell behind were bayoneted.
Upon reaching Balanga, their final destination for the march, the survivors suffered dysentery or other diseases that quickly spread throughout the other exhausted and weak POWs, thereby causing more deaths. The Bataan death march was without a doubt one of the worst atrocities of war.
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