This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Differences In The Treatment Of Prisoners Of War By Britain, Germany And Japan

3929 words - 16 pages

The Differences in the Treatment of Prisoners of War by Britain, Germany and Japan
Works Cited Not Included

According international law a POW is defined as "persons captured by a belligerent while fighting in the military." International law includes "rules on the treatment of prisoners of war but extends protection only to combatants. This excludes civilians who engage in hostilities (by international law they are war criminals) and forces that do not observe conventional requirements for combatants." 1

In order to protect the rights of Prisoners of War a convention was
set up which laid down the conditions in which a prisoner could be
held. The experiences of the First World War meant the third
convention could be adapted to be more protective of prisoners of war,
in terms of food, accommodation, punishments and work, it stated that
"no prisoner of war could be forced to disclose to his captor any
information other than his identity (i.e., his name and rank, but not
his military unit, home town, or address of relatives). Every prisoner
of war was entitled to adequate food and medical care and had the
right to exchange correspondence and receive parcels." The amount of
food was to "be equivalent in quantity and quality to that of the
depot troops." In terms of work all POWs were to receive "pay either
according to the pay scale of their own country or to that of their
captor, whichever was less; they could not be required to work." This
work was not to expose them to "danger, and in no case could they be
required to perform work directly related to military operations." In
terms of disciplining POWs "Imprisonment is the most severe
disciplinary punishment, which may be inflicted on a prisoner of war.
The duration of any single punishment shall not exceed thirty days."
Accommodation for POWs was to be in "buildings or huts which afford
all possible safeguards as regards hygiene and security."2

By 1939 the Geneva Convention for protecting prisoners of war had
become well developed. However, there were many breaches of the 29
convention by both sides during the war. Furthermore, the lack of
involvement by the Soviet Union and Japan left the convention
weakened. The 1949 Geneva Convention would later resolve many of the
ambiguities in the earlier agreement and clarified terms in reflection
of the events of World War Two.

Prison accounts in Germany describe sometimes extreme hunger amounting
to starvation. The authorities in theory provided an adequate diet for
POWS. This was not at all balanced by modern standards. It was heavy
on fats and starch and devoid of fresh vegetables, but would have kept
prisoners alive and in reasonable health. Reports show that rations
were not always constant, worsening as the war progressed. S/Sgt.
Trefry A. Ross - 765th B. Sq. reported that,


Find Another Essay On The Differences in the Treatment of Prisoners of War by Britain, Germany and Japan

The Geneva Convention's Influence on the Treatment of Prisoners of War

822 words - 4 pages dealt with the protection and care civilians needed during wartime and this one was signed in 1949. Sub questions What happened to the British soldiers once they were caught by the Nazi’s? Germany treated prisoners from Britain with the Geneva convention which is a treatment for the prisoners of war during World War II, the soldiers needed to give their true name and rank when asked, they don’t need to give other information about yourself or

Compare and contrast the treatment of Native Americans by Britain and France

650 words - 3 pages much it could help the mother country, and with, in many cases, foreigners at the disposal of settlers, it was also no wonder that slavery became so big. The two most popular races that were enslaved included the Native Americans and Africans, and in this paper I will be comparing and contrasting the treatment of the Native Americans by both Britain and France.To begin, Britain used America mostly as a dumping ground for the citizens they didn't

Mairead Farrell: IRA Member, Female Prisoner/Hunger Striker and the Treatment of Women Prisoners in Armagh Jail

1803 words - 7 pages are in a war situation. We have been treated in a special way and tried by special courts because of that war, and because of our political activities we want to be regarded as prisoners of war."# She was separated from other Republican prisoners, except for 10 minutes on Sundays for their Catholic mass. This is when she and the others started a "no work" protest, with the others joining in (

Treatment of Transgender Prisoners

2782 words - 11 pages or treatment they had before they were incarcerated. Prison systems must come up with some kind of classification for transgendered prisoners. They need to start by making sure that each transgender prisoner is housed in the appropriate facility. That they receive a psychological evaluation and that they get the appropriate care by the attending physician. Prisons need to start thinking about giving them the hormone therapy treatment or sex

World War 1: Changing attitudes to war in Britain and Germany focusing on four key times. 1)Outbreak, 2)Christmas 1914, 3)After the Battle of the Somme and 4) Mid 1918

1830 words - 7 pages most enthusiastic and joyous amongst almost everybody in both Britain and Germany.It had been a long time since either side had experienced a real war. For Britain, it had been a century since any large-scale violence. Not since 1871 had any German seen a bloody battle. As it was, not even anybodies great grandfather could tell the people what it is like to live in war. By 1914, enough time had passed for the ugliness of war to be clouded by

Women in Combat: The World War II Experience in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and the Soviet Union

888 words - 4 pages Thousands of men enlisted and were sent to fight during World War II. However, many people are unaware of the role that women played in the war, not only in taking over the jobs that would have previously belonged to men at home, but also in combat. D’Ann Campbell’s article “Women in Combat: The World War II Experience in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and the Soviet Union” explores this topic. Campbell argues that the role of women

Elder Care Amongst Nations: Comparing and Contrasting Health Care of the Elderly in the USA, Japan, Germany, and Italy

3491 words - 14 pages the facility the person may not be able to afford to live in such a facility even if that is what is needed for them to live. There is a serious problem with people being able to get a bed at one of these facilities to it is even more important for the elder to be helped by their family (Matsuyama, 2013). One of the differences between the US, Germany, and Japan is that in Japan those living in a nursing home must have a sponsor, while in the

Hitler's Germany and the coming of the Second World War

768 words - 3 pages Czechoslovakia to Germany at the Munich conference in 1939.These acts faced little opposition from the other European powers, who were doing everything possible to avoid another Great War. Unrestrained, Hitler finally orchestrated a phony attack by Poland, and used this excuse to declare war. This act finally forced Britain and France to fulfill their treaty obligations to Poland, and the resulting declarations of war mark the beginning of the

Effects of the Great War Upon Germany and Russia

2094 words - 8 pages Effects of the Great War Upon Germany and Russia In 1914 both Germany and Russia had large and expanding populations. Germany was the second most populous Great Power with 66 million in 1913. Both countries had considerable natural resources and both were dependent upon fragile export and import trades. A problem that both countries had were that little preparation had been made by either for the dislocation that the

The Outbreak Of World War One and Germany

1682 words - 7 pages defence doubled and Russia, Austria-Hungary and Italy all increased their armaments. Without the arms race, which Germany sparked, there would simply not have been the equipment for a war to take place. The final example of German foreign policy was that created by General Schlieffen. All of the other factors leading to the outbreak of war so far have been in creating the conditions for war whereas the Schlieffen plan

Why Did The Allies Disagree Over The Treatment Of Germany In 1919?

545 words - 3 pages America was the furthest away, geographically from the conflict. It had come in to the war late, and in terms of actual financial, and material damage, and the number of casualties, came out relatively unscaved. Woodrow Wilson was the president of the United States of America at the time, and he was coming up for re-election soon. In order to gain votes, he set out to appeal to the immigrants, by offering them a safer homeland in which to live in. Like the United Kingdom, the United States of America was also a big exporter of goods to Germany, and American industries would be hit if the Germans did not have enough money to pay for imports of American goods.

Similar Essays

Comparing The Treatment Of Prisoners Of War In The Andersonville And The Rock Island Prison Camp During The Civil War

2215 words - 9 pages , respectively. The conditions of each camp will be examined and compared using factors such as nutrition, living arrangements, habits of camp leaders, and death rates. The main source used in this investigation is Life and Death in Civil War Prisons by J. Michael Martinez. Through interpretation and evaluation of several books, primary sources, and court cases, the treatment of Confederate prisoners and Union prisoners will be compared. B. Summary

The Ethical Treatment Of Prisoners Essay

2355 words - 9 pages the prison labor? Unethical procedures that impact incarcerated individuals and correctional staff, the relativism of respect as people and not just prisoner’s; the safety of all inmates and correctional staff, are all issues worth continuous reflection. LABOR & PRISONERS When reviewing the international human right laws we see that it is put in place to protect the prisoner’s capabilities working in the private prison systems. With the

The Past And Present Treatment Of Ethnic Minorities In Britain

2114 words - 8 pages football, there are bounds to be riots. This is because they fought in the first and second world war. Britain is a multicultural society. Ethnic minority groups are seen by some people to be a negative thing for Britain. There are many positive cultural influences that have taken place on the British society as a result of Afro-Carabbeinds such as food, music, sport, T.V, dress, lanuage and business. Music and entertainment

The Impact Of The First World War On Britain And Germany

2201 words - 9 pages ' made people realise that the progress of war was deteriorating. Overall the war had an impact on all aspects of British life including economic, social and political aspects making it a total war. This made people realize that the war was not going to be over by the Christmas of 1914.As Britain prepared for total war it realised that in order to stand against a defiant German Army it had to mobilise its own military very quickly. One of the key