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From The Great War 1914-1918

Non-Combatant: A term applied to civilians, men, women, and children, who do not take an active part in a war, and who, if found by an enemy engaged in peaceful occupation and not in possession of arms, are entitled to elementary rights of protection according to the established usages of civilised warfare. International Law guarantees them their lives and property, and that they shall not be required to take part in the military operations of the enemy. They are liable to provide supplies (which will be paid for by receipt), they may be called upon to act as guides, and they may be required to do services for the enemy outside their ordinary work. They are under martial law, and any disobedience is punishable with death.[1]

References / notes

  1. Various contributors (1914). The War Book-of-Facts. 2nd Edition. A.W. Shaw Company, London p.144.
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