What is a Prisoner Exchange?

Introduction A prisoner exchange or prisoner swap is a deal between opposing sides in a conflict to release prisoners: prisoners of war, spies, hostages, etc. Sometimes, dead bodies are involved in an exchange. Geneva Conventions Under the Geneva Conventions, prisoners who cannot contribute to the war effort because of illness or disability are entitled to… Read More


What was Deolali Transit Camp?

Introduction Deolali transit camp was a British Army transit camp in Maharashtra, India. Established in 1861, the camp remained in use throughout the time of the British Raj. It served to house soldiers newly arrived in the country and those awaiting ships to take them to Britain. It also housed a military prison and during… Read More

What is Duty to Escape?

Introduction 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… Read More

Who was Naser Jason Abdo?

Introduction Naser Jason Abdo (born 01 April 1990) is an American former US Army Private First Class who was arrested 28 July 2011, near Fort Hood, Texas, and was held without bond for possession of an unregistered firearm and allegedly planning to attack a restaurant frequented by soldiers from the base. He was convicted in… Read More

Who was Dwight J. Loving?

Introduction Dwight Jeffrey Loving (born c. 1968) was one of six military personnel on death row until President Barack Obama commuted his sentence to life without parole on 17 January 2017. Loving, a private in the United States Army, was sentenced to death following his conviction for murdering two military soldiers, working as part-time taxi… Read More

Execute the POW’s…

“Stalin’s treatment of returning Soviet POWs In spite of his personal triumph, Stalin was, if anything, more paranoid at the end of the war than at the beginning. His suspicions of real or imagined enemies had grown, not weakened. The tragedy was that he was helped in this by the Western Allies. At the Yalta… Read More

What are the Staff Roles at MCTC?

In July 2018, the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC), the British Army’s detention centre, had approximately 160 civilian and military staff, including: 120 Army personnel; 10 Naval Service (Royal Navy and Royal Marines) personnel; 10 Royal Air Force personnel; and 20 Civil Servants. These staff were employed in a variety of roles, as outlined below:… Read More