German soldiers executing civilians after the invasion of Poland (1939). A myth goes that the Wermacht (the German army) is not to be blamed for atrocities during World War II, which supposedly were committed by the SS and the Gestapo. This is only partially true. After the invasion of Poland (September 1, 1939), the German regular army murdered hundreds of innocent Polish civilians in horrific executions.
Bataan Death March, 1942 - the forcible transfer, by the Imperial Japanese Army, of 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of prisoners.