( prisoner of war POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict.
The laws apply from the moment a prisoner is captured until he is released or repatriated. One of the main provisions of the convention makes it illegal to torture prisoners, and states that a prisoner can only be required to give his name, date of birth, rank and service number (if applicable).
Article 4 of the Third Geneva Convention protects captured military personnel, guerrilla fighters and certain civilians.
American Revolutionary War [ edit ]
Category:American Revolutionary War prisoners of war
Crimean War [ edit ]
Category:Crimean War prisoners of war
Russian prisoner after the battle of Kinburn (1855)
American Civil War [ edit ]
Category:American Civil War prisoners of war
Confederate POWs at Gettysburg
Union Army soldier on his release from Andersonville in May, 1865.
Spanish American War [ edit ]
Spanish prisoners in Santiago marching to transports, 1898
Philippine Revolution [ edit ]
Filipino POWs near San Miguel Cathedral, 1899
The first prisoners of the Filipino revolution in 1896.
Second Boer War [ edit ]
Category:Second Boer War prisoners of war
transit camp for prisoners of war
Winston Churchill in Durban in the British Cape Colony in 1899. Delivering a speech after escaping from a South African prisoners' of war camp.
Category:Prisoners of war in World War I
Austro-Hungarian POWs in Russia, 1915
Russian POW in Tuchola, 1919
A wounded female Russian POW who had fought in the frontline, published 1916
German Revolution [ edit ]
POW captured during the revolution in Bavaria
Category:Prisoners of war in World War II
The endless procession of German prisoners captured with the fall of Aachen marching through the ruined city streets to captivity
Japanese prisoners in Changde.
German POW's captured by the U.S. 82nd Airborne division in Belgium
British and French prisoners at Veules-les-Roses, France
Heimkehrer [ edit ]
German POWs returning home after the end of WWII English:
German POWs returning from the Russia
Indonesian National Revolution [ edit ]
Category:Indonesian Revolution prisoners of war
Men from the military police with a prisoner of war from the Republican Army, Banjoemas.
Korean War [ edit ]
Category:Korean War prisoners of war
Chinese and North Korean POWs
Captured Chinese soldiers
Vietnam War [ edit ]
Category:Vietnam War prisoners of war
ARVN POWs are being repatriated
Falklands War [ edit ]
Category:Falklands War prisoners of war
Iran-Iraq War [ edit ]
In re-taking Khorramshahr, the Iranians captured some 19,000 soldiers from a demoralized Iraqi Army in 1982.
Soviet war in Afghanistan [ edit ]
POW in Afghanistan captured by Specnaz
Desert Storm [ edit ]
Iraq prisoners, "Desert Storm', 1991