Prisoner of war

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PRISONER OF WAR. One who has been captured while fighting under the banner of some state. He is a prisoner, although never confined in a prison.
     2. In modern times, prisoners are treated with more humanity than formerly; the individual captor has now no personal right to his prisoner. Prisoners are under the superintendence of the government, and they are now frequently exchanged. Vide 1 Kent, Com. 14.
     3. It is a general rule, that a prisoner is out of the protection of the laws of the state, so for, that he can have no civil remedy under them, and he can, therefore, maintain no action. But his person is protected against all unlawful acts. Bac. Ab. Abatement, b. 3; Bac. Ab. Aliens, D.

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During World War II more than 450,000 Axis prisoners--Germans, Italians, and Japanese--were held in the United States at 511 POW camps spread across the nation.
There followed a period of captivity in provisional camps in Libya before transport to Italy and allocation to one of the Italian POW camps, most commonly in northern Italy.
Springer's review of the field of POW literature will be especially helpful to the general reader, while the historical patterns and lost opportunities he reveals are particularly relevant for leaders.
Of an evening a number of German POWs would come for dancing lessons and although my friend couldn't speak German and hardly any of the POWs could speak English, he said between them they managed.
The book persuasively shows how powerful actors in both parts of divided Germany made use of the POWs with some success to further their aims of legitimating their positions and their projects.
LAST YEAR A VERY DIFFERENT SORT OF ESCAPE film was produced about America's most infamous POW camp--intentionally located within the borders of a Communist tyranny so we would not have to honor the U.
Also, while attempts at the education and "indoctrination" of the POWs by their captors are mentioned, the extent and actual goals of these efforts are not examined.
8) Unless and until a competent tribunal determines otherwise, a detainee about whom any doubt exists remains a presumptive POW entitled to the full panoply of GPW rights.
During his internment, he emerged as one of the most effective POW leaders.
Only one third (about 36,500) of America's former POWs since WWI are still living.