Duty to escape

  • the code of the united states fighting force, which applies to serving u.s. military personnel, outlines the duty to escape in article iii

    a duty to escape is a requirement that military personnel attempt to escape from captivity if taken prisoner of war. it is referred to in second world war prisoner of war films including 1963's the great escape but was not actually a duty imposed on british officers at the time. the duty was formally applied to u.s. military personnel as article iii of the 1955 code of the united states fighting force, which remains in effect.

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  • second world war
  • post-war
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The Code of the United States Fighting Force, which applies to serving U.S. military personnel, outlines the duty to escape in article III

A duty to escape is a requirement that military personnel attempt to escape from captivity if taken prisoner of war. It is referred to in Second World War prisoner of war films including 1963's The Great Escape but was not actually a duty imposed on British officers at the time. The duty was formally applied to U.S. military personnel as article III of the 1955 Code of the United States Fighting Force, which remains in effect.

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