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Definition: Bataan Death March from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

In World War II, brutal forced march of US and Filipino troops captured by the Japanese after the fall of Bataan April 1942.

Following the surrender of Bataan, General MacArthur was evacuated, but Allied captives were force-marched 95 km/60 mi to the nearest railhead; ill-treatment by the Japanese guards during the march killed about 16,000 US and Filipino troops.

Summary Article: Bataan Death March
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(April 1942) Forced march of 70,000 U.S. and Filipino prisoners of war (World War II) captured by the Japanese in the Philippines. From the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula, the starving and ill-treated prisoners were force-marched 63 mi (101 km) to a prison camp. Only 54,000 prisoners lived to reach the camp; up to 10,000 died on the way and others escaped in the jungle. In 1946 the Japanese commander of the march was convicted by a U.S. military commission and executed.

Event: Bataan Death March

Dates: 1942-04-09

Definition: forced march (military)

Significance: war crime (international law), Japan, Pacific War (theatre of war, World War II), prisoner of war (international law), World War II (1939–1945)

Related Event: World War II

Related Place: Japan, Luzon, Philippines

Keywords: war crime, Pacific War, Bataan Death March, forced march, Japan, Luzon, Philippines, World War II, prisoner of war

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