Japanese tradition.

Rukopozhatnye journalists in the subjects of the Japanese constantly extol the extraordinary loyalty to the traditions of the islanders. Well, as long as we do not put this idea into question. Let's talk about the traditions themselves.

Part 6. Bataan death march

At dawn on April 9, 1942 in defiance of the orders of Generals Douglas MacArthur and Jonathan Wainwright, Major General Edward King, commanding Luzon Force, Bataan Peninsula on the discarded, the Japanese surrendered his forces in the 75 th suffer from diseases and exhausted soldiers, among whom were 67 thousand . Filipinos, 1 million Filipinos of Chinese descent and 11,796 Americans. Opposes the Japanese army totaled 54 thousand men under the command of Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma. This was the most numerous simultaneous military surrender in American history. Japanese tylovikov planned to transfer prisoners from a POW camp in Marivelsa O'Donnell province of Tarlac, passed under the authority of an officer of Transport Major General Esitake Kavane ten days before the final assault on Japan. The Japanese hoped to continue fighting and assumed they would take prisoners about 25,000 Americans. They did not prepare (or were unwilling) to allocate trucks to carry the number of prisoners, which is three times exceeded their estimates.

During negotiations with Colonel Motoo Nakayama King asked to deal with the Americans and Filipinos captured satisfactorily and even gave the Colonel his pistol instead of a lost Nakayama is a Japanese sword on the aide said, "We are not barbarians." Immediately after delivery of the prisoners had been robbed, they took away personal belongings.

Approved by the Japanese General Homma evacuation plan with the Bataan prisoners on the first day they were to overtake a distance of 35 km and not give them any food since they had yet to be normal. The next day was planned to deliver them by truck to the railway station, on the third day — freight train — to concentration camps. The plan provided that the prisoners will be about 25 thousand Japanese people could not even imagine that the army who had surrendered to them so superior to their own. When it turned out that the prisoners are three times more than the winners, they just drove down the road in the hot sun to the north, separated by columns for 300-500 people. There is no distinction between healthy, sick and wounded was not done. Of field hospitals expelled all those who could not walk. The others bayoneted.

35-mile crossing of the "first day" was stretched to three days. With each passing hour guards annoyed more and looking for any excuse to attack the prisoners. Food was given only on the third day — a handful of rice, and then on condition that the prisoners will be given all the values of the guards, who were able to cache.

During the Bataan death march, the guards cut off the captive's head for trying to drink their water stream, they ripped open their bellies, in order to practice the art of possession of a sword.

"Death March" as it was later called, lasted for 10 days. According to conservative estimates, the past few days have been killed or died of wounds, disease and exhaustion more than 8 thousand prisoners of war. When a year later the Japanese liaison officer drove along the road through Bataan, he found that both sides are literally littered with the skeletons of people whom no one buried. The officer was so impressed that he reported this to General Homme, who expressed surprise that he had not reported it, well, of course, you lied, you bastard.

In response to these atrocities, the Americans and the British came to the conclusion that the Japanese soldier — not a man, and a rat to be destroyed. The Japanese were killed, even when they surrendered with his hands up, because they were afraid that they clamp the grenade somewhere to get along with them to undermine its enemy. Samurai is believed that the captives Americans — human waste material. They are usually used for training bayonet charge. When in New Guinea, the Japanese there were faults with provisions, they ruled that the eating of his worst enemy can not be considered cannibalism. It is difficult to calculate how many Americans and Australians ate Japanese insatiable cannibals. One veteran of India recalls how the Japanese neatly cut pieces of meat were still alive humans.

Particularly tempting prey were considered at the conquerors Australian nurse. So working with them male staff were ordered to kill the nurses desperate situations so that they do not fall alive into the hands of the Japanese. In one case, a wreck on, captured by the Japanese coast of the island threw 22 Australian nurses. The Japanese attacked them like flies to honey. Raped, stabbed them with bayonets, and in the end the orgy had driven into the sea and shot. Asian prisoners waited even more sad fate, as it is valued even less Americans.

When in one of the concentration camps, there was an outbreak of cholera, the Japanese did not bother to treatment, and just burned the whole camp with the women and children. When in a particular village there were foci of disease, the fire became the most effective means of disinfection.

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