Tears in the Darkness:
The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
by Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman
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The fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, remains the single largest surrender of United States military forces in history, with roughly seventy-six thousand soldiers (most of them Filipino allies) handed over to Japanese captors. Japan’s attack on America’s Clark Air Base in the Philippines destroyed an entire airfield of unprotected planes and unprepared men. While the Pearl Harbor attack of four months earlier is universally acknowledged as a watershed moment of US involvement in the Pacific theater, Bataan, with its less heroic mix of humiliation at the hands of the enemy and betrayal by those in command, has remained shrouded in shame.
The aftermath of Bataan’s fall brought an event arguably greater in magnitude and horror than the troops’ surrender: the so-called Bataan Death March, a sixty-six-mile trek to
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