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  • Date Submitted: 04/08/2014 07:36 PM
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Prisoners of war or (POW) are people who were captured and imprisoned during a war. POWs often have to live in awful unsanitary conditions, with little food or water.
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Between the early months of 1942, the Japanese military forces won many victories in the South- East of Asia and the Pacific Islands. They swept down from the north and invaded China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Malaysia and Indonesia. Singapore was heavily defended at the time by Australian and British Troops and it was never thought plausible by the defenders that it could possibly be captured. However in February 1942, the Japanese Army captured Singapore and took about 60,000 prisoners, 15,000 of which were Australian. Also another 6000 Australian Troops in total were taken prisoner from Java, Timor, Ambon and New Guinea. In all of WW2 about 22,000 Australians fell into the hands of the Japanese. During to invasion of Asia, it is estimated that there were 30 million killed by the Japanese. Out of the 30 million killed, 23 million were Chinese; the population of Australia at the time was only 7.1 million people.
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The bulk of the Prisoners were kept in Changi prison in Singapore. Changi was used to imprison Malayan citizens and Allied soldiers. The prisoners in Changi Prison were treated even worse than usual because the Japanese Imperial Army believed that people who surrendered were guilty of dishonouring their country and families and should be seen as less than human. For first few months at Changi were rather strange, the Japanese didn’t seem to care about that the Allied forces did, they provided decent amounts of food and medicine. The allied forces were allowed to organise concerts, sporting events, quiz nights ect. They were also able to reorganise themselves into regiments and battalions. But this all changed at around Easter of 1942 when they started to use workers for forced labour and food and medicine became extremely scarce. At this point people began to die of...

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