Thursday, June 02, 2005

Death March

Bataan Death March (April 10, 1942.)
The infamous Bataan Death March began at Mariveles to Camp O'Donnell in Central Luzon. Over 50,000 prisoners were held at this camp.

Forced march of 70,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during world war II. Starting out from Mariveles, at the southern end of Bataan Peninsula, on April 9, 1942, these soldiers were forced-marched 88 km to San Fernando Pampanga, then taken by trail to Capas, from there they walked for the remaining 13 km to Camp O’Donnell. They were tortured, starved and often kicked or beaten on their way. Those who fell were bayoneted. Around 7,000- 10,000 perished on the way while some were able to scape to the jungle. Only 54,000 reached the camp.

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