The Bataan Death March was a 70 mile (some say 80 mi) forced march of American and Filipino prisoners of war by Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Approximately 75,000 soldiers became Prisoners of War: about 12,000 Americans and 63,000 Filipinos. The march was characterized by abuse and murder and resulted in very high fatalities of both prisoners and civilians. They were starved and mistreated, often kicked or beaten. Many have died of the extreme tropical heat and exhaustion. No food for the first three days since the Japanese were unprepared for the large number of prisoners. The prisoners were only allowed to drink water from water buffalo wallows. The Bataan Death March was considered as one of the worst atrocities of the World War II.