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Does a reputation for cruelty to PoWs give a tactical advantage?

Both sides of this tactic has been used throughout human history. On the one hand, mistreating POWs may make soldiers run in fear rather than fight. On the other hand, those same soldiers will be less ...
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How did the Japanese treat captured "Flying Tigers" in World War II?

According to Daniel Ford's "Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942" (and this page) only four Flying Tigers were ever captured by the Japanese. One of those, Arnold ...
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How do I locate information on a B-17 shot down over Poland?

See below, is this your Robert W Crider? Actually he shows up as a gunner in a B-17G #42-102481 “Kentucky Winner” (385BG/550BS) crashing near Grodzisk, Poland, 18 Mar 1945. You will need the Missing ...
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Did the Czechoslovak Legion bring POWs to Czechoslovakia? And if so, why?

Yes, Czechoslovak Legion did bring POWs during the evacuation. Details are available on the Czech Wikipedia page about the Czechoslovak Legion. Look at the section "Evakuace" and use Google Translate....
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How many British prisoners of war were taken by the Wehrmacht and how many died?

The Imperial War Museum, in association with the publisher J.B. Hayward, has published a series of volumes listing all British & Commonwealth POWs held in Germany and German Occupied Territories. ...
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Why try to escape a POW camp?

As noted (paywalled) the majority of POW could not escape, and many did not try to for various reasons including those in the original question and the simple fact that if several thousand POW try to ...
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Can anyone find "War Department General Order No. 207, 3 July 1863" in which "prisoner conduct after capture" was mentioned?

The G.O you are looking for is in fact G.O. 207 (see below) of July 3, 1863. G.O. 205 is the minutes of a court martial convened on March 24, 1863. G.O. 206 is a direction to the commanding officers ...
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What treatment did Allied Jewish POWs get when captured by the Germans?

British and American POW's were treated as POW's. Soviet Jewish POW's were usually treated as Jews, if their national origin could be determined. The justification was that Soviet Union did not sign ...
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What happened to the four remaining men arrested as part of the plot against George Washington?

It appears that Thomas Hickey was merely arrested for passing counterfeit money, and was hung for a plot to pay Continental Army (US) soldiers to defect to the British. The assassination plot was ...
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Before his arrival at St Helena, was Napoleon legally a prisoner of war?

In the book Napoleon After Waterloo: England and the St. Helena Decision By Michael John Thornton the status of Napoleon is discussed in great detail, including questions of law. There are several ...
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How did the Nazis justify the differences in the way they treated Jews v. POWs?

I'll try to explain briefly the big picture, because the full answer would be book length. So this answer is simplified and designed to give you a good idea about where to keep learning. The Nazis ...
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Why did India release all Pakistani Soldiers captured during Indo Pak War 1965

That was because of the Peace treaty which was signed between the two nations, moderated by Soviet Union. Following were the figures for losses of both nations: India: 3000 men killed or captured ...
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Were British officers able to return home after the American Revolution?

Perhaps you should ask about the prisoner of war conventions in European society in the 1780s. If the prisoners survived being imprisoned, the probability of which would vary greatly, they would ...
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What are some examples of rulers immediately incorporating conquered population's army into their own?

The question is extremely vague because the main concepts are too generic (conquering armies, conquered populations; and that covers the entire time span of war history up to the present); different ...
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Why try to escape a POW camp?

Get to the end of the book I've also read this book. Towards the end of the war the German guards were ordered to kill all of the remaining prisoners in Stalag Luft III, and presumably the same orders ...
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Is it true that Austrians who refused to help SS in catching Soviet POWs would not face any negative consequences?

The standard of real and genuine voluntarism, without consequence other than equivalent fatigue duties, in Jew and Slav hunting is well known and a commonplace in the scholarly literature. (Browning ...
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What treatment did Allied Jewish POWs get when captured by the Germans?

In general, the treatment of Jewish POWs was at the "low end" of what it was for others of their "nationality." POWs who were Soviet Jews were treated very badly--because they were Soviets. Things ...
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How did the Swedish army deal with prisoners of war in the Thirty Years War?

Some aspects of the below were specific to Sweden while others common to most belligerents in the war. Where possible, I used Swedish examples as that was the OP's topic of interest. Changes during ...
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Did Germans refuse to take Cossacks prisoners in WWI? If so, why?

I checked the book "THE COSSACKS AND HIGHLANDERS DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR," Proceedings of the All-Russian Scientific Conference, Rostov-on-Don, 18–19 September 2014. The number of ...
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Did Germans refuse to take Cossacks prisoners in WWI? If so, why?

Cossacks were taken prisoners after that incident. They were not all shot on sight. This single, unsourced line on Wikipedia is not credible, and certainly at least an unsustained vast exaggeration if ...
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Battle of Queenston Heights, 13 Oct 1812: 23 American soldiers held as British deserters

I didn't find the names themselves, but the practice of the British claiming anyone born on British soil as 'deserters' caused a lot of controversy, with U.S. also taking 'hostage' prisoners, and the ...
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How did the Japanese treat captured "Flying Tigers" in World War II?

This book on Pappy Boynton's life talks about his time as a POW and the general idea was that it was harsh and they were severely underfed. He mentions that Boynton ended up working in the mess and ...
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What kinds of WW2 POWs were treated best?

Well can testify because my mum married a son of a Italian POW, the British treated some POWs well enough that at the end of the war they did not want to go home and stayed in the UK. Si
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What's the origin of differentiating between civilians' and soldiers' "rights" in war?

First, let's clarify; declaring something illegal does not prevent people from doing that thing. Burglary is illegal, but it happens. Sexual harassment is illegal, but it happens. So all of the ...
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Why try to escape a POW camp?

Duty, Boredom, Chance of Success Why would a service member escape? A prisoner in a POW camp is, almost by definition, being kept by his/her captor as cheaply as possibly without actually being ...
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Do you recognize this story of prison resistence?

Found it: Alexander Solzhenitsyn in “The Gulag Archipelago,” describes Ukrainians arrived at a camp in Ekibastuz in the Soviet Gulag system during WWII. Thanks to everyone who reviewed this question.
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What happened to Soviet POWs taken by non-German armies on WW2 Eastern front?

Have you found this? It says that most POWs captured by Hungarian forces were handed over to the Germans. The rest were treated badly in general. The Hungarian Occupation Forces had an auxiliary ...
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Did the Czechoslovak Legion bring POWs to Czechoslovakia? And if so, why?

Just to build on Lubos excellent answer. First of all, the Czech Legion consisted of Czechs who were fighting on the Allied side, under Russian command, in World War I. That was a bit unusual, because ...
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Were British officers able to return home after the American Revolution?

Were defeated British officers able to return home after England [sic] lost the war Just as defeated American officers were able to return home after they lost a battle, officers of both sides were ...
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