Prisoners Of War

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Experiences of men and women held as Prisoners of War by the Japanese In WW2 over 30,000 Australian men and women were captured as prisoners of war. 2/3 of these were captured by the Japanese at the beginning of 1942. The Australian War Memorial states that most of Australian Prisoners of War were captured at the battle of Singapore. According to Skwirk.com the Japanese General Hideki Tojo made a “no surrender” clause in the Japanese Military Code. This meant that the Japanese had little to no respect for the men and women they captured. Prisoners were forced to do hard physical labour, in near unliveable conditions. According to Discovering Australian History prisoners were malnourished, beaten, tortured, dehydrated, denied medical treatment…show more content…
As a result any and all prisoners of war captured by the Japanese were mistreated, because they were considered to be cowards and dishonourable by Japanese soldiers. Japanese soldiers often beat their prisoners, if they were rude, disrespectful, uncooperative or even if they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. These beatings were brutal, often leaving their sufferers bruised, bloodied, unconscious or in extreme cases dead. These beatings, while indirectly also often was the cause of death for many of Prisoners of War because of the poor amount food and water, lack of sanitation and complete lack of medical supplies and the extreme temperatures. According to Skwirk.com and Discovering Australian History Australian Prisoners of War were also tortured to gather military intelligence. When prisoners of war got beaten they’re wounds often became infected and because of their poor physical condition and the lack of medical supplies the infection often went unstopped through the body. According to sources from the BBC and Skwirk.com in some cases the bacteria killed the limb, causing gangrene. Medical Personal in the camps then had to perform dangerous, painful amputations just to make sure…show more content…
Prisoners were sent to prison camps all over Asia however most were sent to Changi Barracks which has been noted by Skwrik.com, The History of Australians Prisoners of War and Prisoners of War has been noted to be the prison camp with the best living conditions. It was the only camp where the Japanese let the allied commanders discipline and organize their own men and run the camp. This ensured that anyone who was kept there got an overall better experience. Food was a top priority for the high command. The men there got a meal with all the basic vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates. According to Skwirk.com in February and March of 1942 the Japanese cramped down on food rations, insisting that all prisoners had to be self-sufficient for all their food apart from some rice. So the inmates planted vegetable gardens, and set up chicken coops, for meat, vegetables and eggs. The camp was basically under the command of the British Lieutenant General Percival kept up a strict regime of discipline and routine, to keep the camp clean and tidy, boost troop morale and keep a sense of order around the camp. According to The History of Australian Prisoners of War because of the cramped conditions the Japanese let the Australian soldiers sleep outside. According to Skwirk.com and The History of Prisoners of War

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