Prisoner of War

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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Lawrence Turner - Prisoner of War
... After the Second World War broke out, in 1940 Turner enlisted in the Royal Artillery as a Gunner, equivalent to a Private ... 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 ...
Lionel Matthews - Army Service - Prisoner of War
... information to relay to these contacts and helped organise prisoner escapes with Filipino guerrillas ... In 1946 his body was exhumed and laid to rest in the Labuan War Cemetery in grave J.B.15 ...
Prisoner Of War - Numbers of POWs
... 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 ... Union 4–5.7 million 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) (acc ...
David M. Jones - World War II - North Africa, Prisoner of War, and The Great Escape
4, 1942, he was shot down over Bizerte, North Africa, and spent two and a half years as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III ... the enemy, he was selected for the "escape committee" by fellow prisoners ... in April 1945, Jones was commended for leadership among his fellow prisoners ...

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