There are many things that can’t be forgotten when it comes to World War II, including the brutality in the prisoners of war camps. Japanese prisoner of war camp was the most brutal place to ever been during World War II. People who got captured by Japanese were thrown into the camp. They received various tortures and punishments for mistakes. One in three prisoners died from various reasons such as work, starvation, punishment, and diseases. Things got worse because there were no treatments or medicines for treating those who got sick in the camp.
There were many Japanese prisoners of war camps in many places such as Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and other countries occupied by Japanese such as Indonesia. The camps in Japan became a place to put in captured military personnel as well as civilians. The most horrible things about the camp was that the rules made by Japanese to decide what kind of punishments they found suitable. The camps were also in tight security so the chance to escape was almost little to none. Even if some prisoners tried to escape, they would get captured easily and received harder punishments even death.
The camps were secured with barbed wire as well as wooden fencing. If the prisoners attempted to escape, they would get executed directly in public where other prisoners could watch. That’s why escape attempts were rare because the prisoners didn’t want to take risks of being executed.
The accommodation of Japanese prisoners of war camps
The accommodation of the camp was in barracks. Prisoners slept on mats given by the Japanese. The majority of prisoners were put to works in various places such as http://220.127.116.11, mines, shipyards, fields, factories, etc. The problems was, only few Japanese guards could spoke English at that time. Thus, Japanese forced the internees to learn their language instead so they could understand all commands given. When they failed to follow instructions, they would be given a beating and any other kind of punishment. There was morning routine called Tenko in the camp where prisoners had to count on loudly their number in Japanese.
The prisoners were struggled a lot during their time in the camp because they were force to work on a diet of less than 700 calories per day. They were forced to work 12 to 16 hours in day with lack of food in their system. Their foods were mostly seaweed and soya bean. They were rarely given fatty foods in their diet. Sometimes, they were given green stew, barley, and fish or meat sometimes. That’s why lots of them died in starvation.
Treated as Slaves
The worst nightmare suffered by prisoners was when the prisoners were transferred to build Burma-Thailand railway. They were suffered the most because they were forced to work 16 hours a day to build a 260 mile railroad without sufficient tools. They were forced to work like a slave with little foods given. They should work for ten days on with only one day off. They worked by moving earth, laying track, building bridges, and blasting through mountains. Lots of prisoners couldn’t survive this condition because their only source of foods were rice and some vegetables. They suffered from worst condition such as malnutrition, cholera, and even ulcers. It was estimated that 13,000 of 61,000 prisoners died during this labor.
There was comparison of the death rate in POW (prisoners of war) in German camps and Japanese camps. The rate in Japanese camps was 27% while in German camps was 4%. The factors were mostly due to brutal mistreatment, summary execution, malnutrition, tropical diseases, and weaken immune system. Beatings, depression, and hunger were common in Japanese prisoners of war camps.