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A New Look at the Law of War : Limited War Field Manual 27-10

By Baldwi, Gordon B., Captain

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Title: A New Look at the Law of War : Limited War Field Manual 27-10  
Author: Baldwi, Gordon B., Captain
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Armed Forces, Military law
Collections: Military Law Review
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Publisher: Government Publication


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Excerpt: A Law of War? General Marshall?s assertion was merely another way of repeating the old adage, ?you have to fight the enemy, not sue him.? This, of course, may be quite true, but it does not follow that law has no place at all in a modern war. Clearly, the role of law on a battlefield is by no means certain and one risks being dubbed naive who refers to a ?law of war? with the same sense of security as he refers to the law of crimes. Nevertheless, the existence of a law of war is proclaimed in a recent Army Field Manual 27-102 as well as in many international conventions to which the United States is a party. Furthermore, rules of war have been referred to in the memoirs of contemporary war leaders, at least to the extent that they have recognized that methods of war are not without limitation. Works of fiction purporting to portray reality even refer to rules of war. Anyone who has seen the recent renowned motion picture ?Bridge On the River Kwai? has become aware of the existence of Geneva Conventions. Whether a law of war has existed in prior conflicts is of practical interest to us today because of the question whether ?laws of war? will have any role in a future conflict. Another look at laws of war is called for in view of the increasing emphasis on the notion of ?limited war.?


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