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Should Women Be Allowed In The Trenches Essay

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Barely armed Chinese soldiers were lured out of the city under the pretense that the Japanese would give them provisions should they cooperate. Instead, the soldiers were murdered immediately outside of the walls. An order was given to the Japanese military and it stated this: "Battalion battle reporter, at 2:00 received order from the regiment commander to comply with orders from brigade commanding headquarters, all prisoners of war are to be executed. Method of execution: Divide the prisoners into groups of a dozen. Shoot to kill separately . . . Our intentions are absolutely not to be detected by the prisoners." (p. 41) Not all women were raped and devised ways to escape. In fact, some women in the countryside hid in “…covered holes in the earth” or “feigned death” in trenches. (p. 96) In order to avoid Japanese inspection and getting raped, women would masquerade themselves as old and diseased or shave their heads then dress as men. Some would even feign sickness or use their speediness to escape Japanese combatant's pursuit. (p. 96) “But not all the victims were women. Chinese men were often sodomized or forced to perform a variety of repulsive sexual acts in front of…show more content…
"Few know that soldiers impaled babies on bayonets and tossed them still alive into pots of boiling water . . . they gang-raped women from ages twelve to eighty and then killed them when they could no longer satisfy sexual requirements. I beheaded people, starved them to death, burned them, and buried them alive, over two hundred in all. It is terrible that I could turn into an animal and do these things. There are really no words to explain what I was doing. I was truly a devil." (p. 59) Nagatomi has transformed into a new man. He has built a shrine of repentance in his waiting room so patients can watch his trial in Nanking and hear his confession of his war
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