Ruse de guerre

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RUSE DE GUERRE. Literally a trick in war; a stratagem. It is said to be lawful among belligerents, provided it does not involve treachery and falsehood. Grot. Droit de la Guerre, liv. 3, c. 1, Sec. 9.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Mr Justice Burnett, who was sitting with two lay "visitors", also rejected Mr Leathley's plea that impersonating Mr Bennathan was an acceptable "ruse de guerre".