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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2] Drama, human suffering, and survival in extreme situations have wide appeal, and many Australian prisoner-of-war stories have become best sellers.
For example, this lack of access to paper and writing implements had significant ramifications for prisoner-of-war doctors in recording medical notes, which they of course wanted to retain for postwar evidence of Japanese mistreatment.
As a result of this relative lack of documentation made during captivity, research into Australian prisoner-of-war experiences often requires oral history.
At the same time, however, those Americans who were held captive in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps during World War II have had only their personal fortitude to reconcile the injustices they suffered.
The second is that of a soldier who, at the age of twenty-one, began three years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
We had a good mixture of expensive items from a Cartier watch down to human qualities such as a ship in a bottle made in a prisoner-of-war camp.
Carpenters erected a realistic prisoner-of-war compound, which consisted of shacks, barracks, a water tower, gun turrets, barbed-wire fences and the commandant's quarters.
Many others, like himself, spent months and years in hell - prisoner-of-war camps in Japan and Germany.
Such a visual mood is appropriate for the subject matter of "Andersonville," which looks at life and death in the infamous Confederate prisoner-of-war camp located in Georgia.
3) "Andersonville" is a vivid re-creation of the grim surroundings in the infamous Confederate prisoner-of-war camp in Georgia, where almost 13,000 of 45,000 imprisoned Union soldiers died.