Some Survived: An Eyewitness Account of the Bataan Death by Manny Lawton

By Manny Lawton

Manny Lawton used to be a twenty-three-year-old military captain on April eight, 1942, while orders got here to give up to the japanese forces invading the Philippine Islands. tomorrow, he and his fellow American and Filipino prisoners set out at the notorious Bataan dying March--a pressured six-day, sixty-mile trek below a broiling tropical solar in which nearly 11 thousand males died or have been bayoneted, clubbed, or shot to demise by means of the japanese. but poor because the dying March used to be, for Manny Lawton and his comrades it was once in basic terms the start. whilst the struggle resulted in August 1945, it's expected that a few fifty seven percentage of the yank troops who had surrendered on Bataan had perished.

But this isn't a chronicle of melancholy. it truly is, as a substitute, the tale of the way males can endure even the main determined stipulations and, of their will to hold their humanity, conquer appalling adversity. An epic of quiet heroism, Some Survived is a harrowing, poignant, and encouraging story that lifts the center.

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While away from the flocks, the warriors could subsist on dried milk and dried meat, drinking the blood of their horses and supplementing their rations by hunting, for long stretches of time, as long as there was grass and water for the horses. "I say to you with confidence," wrote William of Rubruck to Louis IX after visiting the Mongols in 1 Z 5 3 , "if your peasants, I will not say Kings and knights, were willing to go as do the Kings of the Tartars and to be content with the same kind of food, they could take possession of the whole world.

Horses provided both speed and power on the battlefield. Second, they could control the trade upon which the cities depended for their prosperity. The caravans that connected the cities into trading networks required beasts of burden, of which the nomads controlled the largest numbers, and they traveled far beyond the protection of the cities, where they had to rely on the protection or the forbearance of the nomadic tribes. Third, cultivated lands were highly fragmented. Within the Middle East, there were few areas - Egypt, thanks to the Nile River, and Iraq, thanks to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, being the two outstanding examples - that Introduction II could support large agricultural populations.

Parthian horse archers harassed and destroyed the Roman legions under Crassus in the desert at Carrhae, bringing a halt to Roman expansion eastward. But Carrhae was also where the Romans got their first look at Parthian heavy cavalry. These men wore iron helmets and scale armor and carried spears; they rode powerful horses that could support the weight of armor for both their riders and themselves. The heavy cavalry could finish off the enemy after the horse archers had softened up their ranks.

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