NVA POLICY REGARDING ALLIED POW'S

Created: 9/19/1967

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NVA Policy Regarding allied row's ^

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Allied prisoners of war (KM'a) were tod treatment after surrendering. They were to be considered6-ven adequate food, even if there was not enough for the NVA troops, ijFOW escapee was to be shot if he did not heed warnings ofoope and cadres who mistreated prisoners were eoverly disciplined with criticism, demotion or imprisonment. POW's were administered medical care on tha battlefield and were then carried or led by the battalion assistant political sectionecret location from which they were further evacuated to another area by rerizcent officials.

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Source learned the NVA policy concerning POW'eefresher courso conducted by the battalion political officer SeniorTYEN TA inrovince, SVN, in late Captured Allied prisoners were to be given good treatment and considered as equals. Even if there waa not adequate food for theoldiers the prisoners were to be given sufficient portions. POW's were not to be insulted or beaten. Once the enemy surrendered, he was to be treatedriend unless ho attempted to escape, at which time several warnings were to be shouted. If the escapee did not stop, he waa to be shot.

oldier did not follow the policy dictated for POW care, hetrongly disciplined. Any soldier whorisoner was warned and criticized first at company level and thereafter (depending on the severity of the offense) at tho following levels: battalion, regiment and division. Repeaters were punished by Jail sentences (details unknown). adreOW, he was demoted, asoldier whorisoner. The penalty for cadres shooting of POW's waa unknown. These disciplinary measures were more strict than during tho struggle against the French.

A wounded POW was evacuated by bannock asounded VC aoldlar. Other prisonors were bound, guarded and then led from the battlefield. At the site of the battle, medics could administer novacaine, givo injections to arrest bleeding and dress minor wounds. This treatment was the responsibility of the primary medical section. The assistant political section of the battalion, under direction of the battalion assistant political officer, was charged with tbe duty of evacuating the wounded Allied POW's to the regiment. All prisoners were evacuatedecret location under auspices of the battalion and thereafter further evacuated to another secret area under the direction of the regiment.

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