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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2018 9:31 p.m. PST

"10. Camp O'Donnell. Camp O'Donnell has already been mentioned in the Historiat piece, so I'll outsource to there, but it's worth noting here that the camp was initially built by American forces to house its own occupying army in the Philippines. Twenty thousand Filipinos and 1,500 Americans are said to have died there, mostly from disease and malnourishment, but also from summary executions and lethal beatings…."
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Legion 415 Apr 2018 6:17 a.m. PST

The IJFs treatment of the Allied POWs was horrendous, etc. Many of the Japanese and Koreans in their service were punished after the war. However, many were not, sadly.

The figures I've heard was you generally had a much better chance as an Allied POW in German hands' than in the IJFs. IIRC, as a Allied POW in German control you had a 1 in 27 chance of not surviving. But with the IJFs 1 in 4 …

Not sure how accurate those figures actually are ? But I think the point is clear most likely.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

And the Allied were more harder with their war crimes persecution with the germans that with the japanese at the end of the war… I never understand why….

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Legion 416 Apr 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

That is true also. IIRC more Japanese were convicted of war crimes and even executed than Germans …

I never understand why….
The average member of the IJFs were thought/believed to be more "racist" than the average German ? In some cases that may have been true ? But I don't have the actual figures in front of me.

However, there may have been some "cloaked" underlining racism against the Japanese. When it came to war crimes trials, etc., I'd think. And the Germans never bombed or attack US territory, e.g. Pearl Harbor, Attu, Kiska, etc. And the Bataan Death March was hard to excuse or justify …

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