Reid, Major Pat. & Maurice, Michael.


1st ed., 1984. 192 pp., several photo-frontis pp., numerous photo & other ills. D.j., 25 x 17cm. V.G. When Richard Coeur de Lion captured 15 enemy knights in 1198, he blinded all but one. The latter was spared an eye in order to lead his companions back to the French army, which was considered an act of clemency at the time. By 1758 and the Enlightenment, the French thinker Vattel declared that once a man surrendered, his life was sacrosanct, and the treatment of prisoners at the hands of the French and English armies at this time was exemplary. But in the 1940’s the terrible stories filtering out of the German and Japanese camps suggested that the wheel had come full circle. Every age and every culture has had its prisoners of war and its own code of conduct towards them and this fact makes Prisoner of War a study of unique interest. From the Private Library of the late Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McGeogh. (See item # 312 for a brief biography.)

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