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The officers was paroled, and without any ransom as late as at start of WW1. For example the later marshal Tuchachevsky was a "poruchik"(= senior leutenant) then and was taken as a prisoner by Germans. And as all other officers was allowed to walk into the town, and had his freedom, only he gave his honest word that he'll return into the barracks. But he ...


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A prisoner captured in battle belongs to the "state" of the soldiers who captured him. In theory, that would be the king of England or France. Now it is possible that with at least some high ranking nobles, the king of England or France would let the capturer keep the prisoner. But this would be a form of "delegation," not a usual practice. But common ...


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Military paroles became impractical when mass conscription led to the formation of armies of tens or hundreds of thousands of men that were too hard to keep track of. Military parole was used as late as the American Revolution. This was when "armies" typically numbered in the thousands, and both sides spoke the same language (English). Also, the British ...



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