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        The South Pacific: Bataan | Ken Burns: The War

        View images taken from the Bataan Peninsula and during the Bataan Death March. In 1942, as the Japanese Imperial Army began its advance on the Philippine Islands, General Douglas MacArthur’s forces of American and Filipino soldiers was forced to retreat and hold the Bataan Peninsula on the island of Luzon. MacArthur’s forces were isolated with little support and after three months surrendered to the Japanese. Japanese captors ordered the 12,000 Americans and 66,000 Filipino soldiers to march 55 miles. It became known as the Bataan Death March, as thousands died because of the brutal treatment of their captors.

        Bataan Death March: Rare Rest | Ken Burns: The War

        American prisoners of war pause during the Bataan Death March to Cabanatuan. May, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (WC-1144).

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        Bataan Death March: Carrying the Dead | Ken Burns: The War

        American prisoners of war approaching Camp O'Donnell carry fallen comrades. Their bloody journey would come to be known as the "Bataan Death March," 1942. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-128769).

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        Bataan POWs | Ken Burns: The War

        American POWs who died en route to the prison camp at Cabanatuan, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (127-N-114540).

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        Capturing Bataan | Ken Burns: The War

        Japanese soldiers celebrate the capture of Bataan, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (WC-1140).

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        Bataan Death March: Mariveles | Ken Burns: The War

        American prisoners of war are marched from Mariveles after surrendering to the Japanese. The journey would come to be known as the "Bataan Death March." 1942. Credit: The Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-128775).

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        Japanese Attack on Pillbox | Ken Burns: The War

        Japanese soldiers assault a pillobx on Bataan, Philippines, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-334278).

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        Molotov Cocktail | Ken Burns: The War

        In a trench on the Bataan Peninsula, an American soldier prepares a Molotov cocktail. April 9, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (208-AA-288AA-1).

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        Camp O'Donnell | Ken Burns: The War

        Following the Bataan Death March, prisoners of war were interned at Camp O'Donnell. May 15, 1942. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-282345).

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