A prisoner of war (POW, PoW, PW, P/W, WP, PsW, enemy prisoner of war (EPW) or "Missing-Captured") is a person, whether civilian or combatant, who is held in custody by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. The earliest recorded usage of the phrase is dated 1660.
Captor states hold captured combatants and non-combatants in continuing custody for a range of legitimate and illegitimate reasons. They are held to isolate them from combatants still in the field, to release and repatriate them in an orderly manner after hostilities, to demonstrate military victory, to punish them, to prosecute them for war crimes, to exploit them for their labor, to recruit or even conscript them as their own combatants, to collect military and political intelligence from them, and to indoctrinate them in new political or religious beliefs.
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... with the highest number of POWs since the start of World War II, listed in descending order ... These are also the highest numbers in any war since the Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War entered into force on 19 June 1931 ... taken by Germany (2.7–3.3 million died in German POW camps) World War II (Total) Nazi Germany 3,127,380 taken by USSR (474,967 died in captivity) (according to an other source 1,094,250 died in ...
... He collected information to relay to these contacts and helped organise prisoner escapes with Filipino guerrillas ... exhumed and laid to rest in the Labuan War Cemetery in grave J.B.15 ...
... Africa, and spent two and a half years as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III ... of the enemy, he was selected for the "escape committee" by fellow prisoners ... Jones was commended for leadership among his fellow prisoners ...
... After the Second World War broke out, in 1940 Turner enlisted in the Royal Artillery as a Gunner, equivalent to a Private ... was commissioned as an officer, but was captured by Japanese forces in early 1942 and held as a prisoner of war ... forced him to work on the Burma Road Turner gave lectures on politics to other prisoners of war during his captivity ...
Famous quotes containing the words prisoner of, war and/or prisoner:
“I am prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present, where all forms of human society have reached an extreme of their cycle and there is no imagining what new forms they may assume.”
—Italo Calvino (19231985)
“Havent you heard, though,
About the ships where war has found them out
At sea, about the towns where war has come
Through opening clouds at night with droning speed
Further oerhead than all but stars and angels
And children in the ships and in the towns?”
—Robert Frost (18741963)
“The son will run away from the family not at eighteen but at twelve, emancipated by his gluttonous precocity; he will fly not to seek heroic adventures, not to deliver a beautiful prisoner from a tower, not to immortalize a garret with sublime thoughts, but to found a business, to enrich himself and to compete with his infamous papa.”
—Charles Baudelaire (182167)