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A Tale Of Cruelty: Tears In The Darkness By Michael Norman And Elizabeth M. Norman

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The 66-mile forced march was cruel and it ended the lives of many American soldiers. In the book Tears In The Darkness The Story Of The Bataan Death March And It’s Aftermath, by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman, it give readers insight on how the Japanese soldier’s fought the Americans during the battle of World War II. A boy named Ben Steele was a soldier in this war. He enlisted because he wanted to see the world, and throughout this book the author tells the story through his eyes. This is a book that tells the story of the cruelty of the Bataan March and the battle between American and Filipino soldiers.
Ben Steel was a Montana Cowboy that wanted to join the Army Air Corps. Even his mother had encouraged him by saying “You know, I’ve been thinking.” “You really ought to get in before they draft you. Maybe if you do, you could, you, know do what you want in the army?” (Norman 8). But a year later his unit was being shipped to Clark Field to prevent the Japanese aggression in the Pacific. After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, Steele was able to join the retreating American Force. Unfortunately, he had been captured by the Japanese and had become a part of the Bataan Death March. If I was a mother I don’t think I would be able to allow my son or daughter to join. It scary to think that your love one could get hurt if a war broke out and never returns home. My little brother who is fourteen years old always talked about joining the army. If he does decide to join when he turns 18 I don’t think I would be scared for his safety. Also, I wouldn’t get the chance to see him a lot like I do now. I understand that he would be fighting for us, but I don’t think I would want him to join.
The Bataan March is where soldiers were forced to walk 66 miles during the hottest season of the year even if they were already close to death. They had no buildings, shelter, shade, and barely any food or water to help them during their walk. A bayonet or a riffle killed anyone who stopped marching during this walk. Japanese soldiers fractured American and Filipino soldiers’ skulls with their rifle butts, and ran the men who had fallen over with their tanks. They also...

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