Bataan Death March Essay

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The Bataan Death March’s affect on war On December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed the United State’s Naval Base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The Japanese did not stop there. Their attacks continued to the Philippines, where U.S. forces were stationed. After some time battling, the U.S. and Filipino troops had to surrender and the Japanese took them over. The Bataan Death March did not only affect the United States, Philippines, and Japanese, it affected how war trials were held and carried out. The question is how did the Bataan Death March affect modern day warfare? The first attack against the U.S. done by the Japanese was the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor just before 8 a.m., …show more content…
What would be the reasoning behind the awful chain of events? What would cause a country to want to destroy thousands of families? When Japan attacked they were attacking to revolt against a recent ban President Franklin Roosevelt had enacted. The ban prevented the export of steel, oil, and iron. This affected Japan’s economy greatly. There was also the push from the United States for Japan to leave Indo-China, where they were trying to come to power in Asia. Japan was also after one of the greatest achievements, becoming the greatest naval power in the world and the only thing in their way was America. They wanted to destroy lots of what the United States had in order to rise to the top. The attacks on the Philippines were caused by the threat the U.S. had on Japan and the location of the Philippines. In order to continue on their rise of power the Japanese had to capture the …show more content…
It had a major impact on the affects of countries’ inhumane treatment to POWs during war. The way the Japanese treated the Allied forces was gruesome and the commander in charge deserved to be tried. After this major event there came the holocaust and the war trials for those events were influenced by the Death March trials. The Death March also influenced international regulations on what is acceptable in terms of Prisoners of War. Regulations were set during the Third Geneva Convention. The Third Geneva Convention improved the treatment of POWs. It stated that POWs must be treated humanely, medical needs must be met, interegations must be non-physical, clarified what kind of possessions may be kept, food and water must be beneficial and maintain the good health of POWs, housing situations must be sanitary, and much more. These alterations were all beneficial to future wars and the humanity of POWs. The Bataan Death March affected the future of warfare

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