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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-05-10 08:47 PM
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191. As to Guerrilla Warfare,
During the Vietnam War, there are stories, never confirmed, that Helicopters would be given the standard call signal to come in and evacuate the wounded. The only problem it was the Viet Cong who sent out the signal, so that any Viet Cong that fell into US hands during the Fire Fight would also be evacuated for medical treatment. As I said, only stories, never confirmed but it shows that even in Guerrilla warfare once the actual fighting was over both sides did try to get their own wounded treated AND would permit the other side to treat their wounded.

Comment on the Japanese during WWI, they had a good reputation for taking prisoners and treating them quite well. This was reported by the Russians after the 1905 Russo-Japanese War AND the Germans after the Japanese took over the German held coastal cities of China during WWI. This attitude changed after 1920 as Japan turned more militaristic and came under the control of its extreme Right wing. The first sign of this was the assassination of Various center and left wing politicians in the late 1920s and early 1930s and saw its peak with the Japanese "fanatics" of WWII.

As to the Nazis and Russians on the Eastern Front, the Nazis wanted to kill everyone who had been a member of the Communist party, and since that meant anyone who was in any command position that meant every officer (Including any medical officer). Thus it appears the Germans started the no hold barred attitude and the Russians just reciprocated (Not that Stalin was above whole scale massacre, but NOT in a Combat situation as shown by his capture of the Polish army units in 1939, they seemed to have been cared for and treated with respect, he later separated the officers from the enlisted ranks and had the officer shot, but that was long after the Polish officers had been separated from the enlisted ranks, I mention this to show IN COMBAT the Russians treated their enemies within international standards, Stalin did NOT follow international Standards once they had been prisoners for a while, but that is a different story then we are discussing now).
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