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  • Gustavo Bueso-Jacquier

    Bataan Death March - during World War II. After the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines in 1942, the Imperial Japanese Army forcibly transferred thousands of American and Filipino POWs to the former US base at Camp O’Donnell, killing up to 10,000 in the process.

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    10 Cruel Death Marches From Modern History

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