Pow's In Ww2 Essay

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Prisoners of war or (POW) are people who were captured and imprisoned during a war. POWs often have to live in awful unsanitary conditions, with little food or water.
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Between the early months of 1942, the Japanese military forces won many victories in the South- East of Asia and the Pacific Islands. They swept down from the north and invaded China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia. Singapore was heavily defended at the time by Australian and British Troops and it was never thought plausible by the defenders that it could possibly be captured. However in February 1942, the Japanese Army captured Singapore and took about 60,000 prisoners, 15,000 of which were ...view middle of the document...

At this point people began to die of infections and vitamin deficiencies. Changi prison was designed to hold 1000 people at maximum capacity but they Japanese managed to cram in 7000 people. As the prison was so vastly over populated, diseases began to spread fast. It got so desperate that at one point a whole lot of fake pills were made to exchange to gullible guard for real medicine. While being held captive by the Japanese, prisoners underwent severe starvation, abuse and some even torture.
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During WW2 some of the POWs underwent torture to extract information about potential places of attack or locations of troops and camps. But the Japanese were especially cruel to the Chinese, using them as live human experiments, torture method testers or even bayonet and target practice. Famous torture methods used by the Japanese were often slow and painful. Some to them are performed as followed: Some rats are placed on your stomach and then cover them with a metal. They then begin to heat the metal which causes the rats to dig into your stomach in effort to escape the heat, this only ends when either the rats have burrowed through you, or the Japanese stop heating the metal. One of their more famous ones involves getting horizontally suspended over sharpened bamboo, and because the bamboo is a fast growing plant, it only takes a few days to gradually grow through you. And lastly the Chinese water torture were a Japanese stuffs a hose into a person's mouth then fill the person's stomach with water till it's bloated then jump on the stomach and the stomach bursts then the intestines and internal organs flies out.
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Starvation of the allied troops under the Japanese was suffered by all troops. According to one study, the food provided at one point was only half of that needed to survive needed...

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