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Forsaken Legion: The Bataan Death March
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POW's of the Big War, WWII, are interviewed up close and personal. They tell their stories of how, as young men, they fought one of the first battles of the war that Americans ever fought in, the battle for the Philippines. This took place on a few islands in the area, but mostly on the Big Island of Luzon, at the southernmost peninsula of Bataan. As months dragged on and American and Filipino allied forces fought hard against Japanese invaders who had already sacked and occupied Manila, which is just north of Bataan, ammunition, food, water and medicine were running out. Then came the order from General Douglas MacArthur to hold out and never surrender. Then, finally on April 9th, 1942, American General Edward King surrendered all of the Allied forces to the Japanese. About 50,000 were marched north to POW work camps near the center of the island in the 100 degree-plus heat. Many perished and even were decapitated or bayoneted by stressed-out Japanese soldiers who were trying to drive the men to the camps before they all died of dehydration, starvation and malaria. What followed was years of forced slave labor, torture and also a strong sense of togetherness and determination between the men . Forsaken Legion tells the story in riveting detail, as this greatest generation makes their final soliloquy.
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Dan Traub is a writer, producer and host of several documentary features, released by his company Dreamkeeper Films, Inc, Ventura, CA. He is a also member of Screen Actor s Guild Hollywood. He has appeared in several films and reparatory plays, including Othello, Plaza Suite, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.See all Editorial Reviews
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