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The Bataan Death March The Bataan Death March which was started on December 7 1941 happened shortly after the bombing of Pearl Habor The Bataan Death March was significant in many different ways The Bataan Death March started when nearly 70000 Americans and Filipinos were captured and made POWs Prisoners Of War by the Japanese The prisoners were forced to march 55 miles on the way there they were beaten with sticks kicked and badly abused Every time someone would fall down he would be shot Only 54000 made it to camp On December 7 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Habor The Amereican Pacific Navel Fleet suffered heavy losses in lives and ships On December 8 1941 Japan launched an aerial attack on the Philippines Inexperianced troops failed to stop the Japanese at Northern Luzon and Southern Mindanao Islands the Japanese landing points The Filipino-American forces mission was to lay down a bunt They were to stall the Japanese advancement by forcing them to use their troops and resources in the capturing of the Philippines for as long as possible This would buy the needed time to rebuild the American Pacific Fleet The Filipino-American Defense of Bataan was dirupted by many factors such as a shortage of food ammunition medicine and attendant materials Most of the ammunition as old and corroded Tanks trucks and other vehicles were in short suply along with gasoline needed to power them Disease malnutrition fatigue and lack of basic supplies took their toll On March 11 1942 General MacArthur was ordered to Australia General Wainwright took his place in Corregidor as commander of Philippine forces General King took Wainwrights place as commander of Filipino-American forces in Bataan Later in March General King and his staff determined the Filipino-American forces in Bataan could only fight 30 percent of their efficiency due to malnutrition disease lack of ammunition and basic supplies and fatigue On April 9 1942 General King surrendered his forces
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