‘Raw Individualists’: American Soldiers on the Bataan Death March Reconsidered

  title={‘Raw Individualists’: American Soldiers on the Bataan Death March Reconsidered},
  author={Kevin Claude Murphy},
  journal={War & Society},
  pages={42 - 63}
  • Kevin Claude Murphy
  • Published 2012
  • History
  • War & Society
  • Abstract The Bataan Death March has entered historical consciousness as one of the four great Japanese atrocities during WWII. Along with the Rape of Nanjing, the Burma-Siam Death Railway, and the Rape of Manila, it stands as one of the ultimate measures of twentieth-century wartime barbarity. Both primary and secondary sources share a central preoccupation with Japanese behaviour and therefore assume American prisoners were little more than a passive presence during this episode. In this essay… CONTINUE READING
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    • Murphy is Chair of Humanities at the University of the Sciences
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