We Won’t Surrender But Won’t Kill You For Asking

The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 codified for the first time in the Western world the generally accepted customs known as the “Laws of War.” The use of the white flag to signal surrender or a request for a parley or negotiation for surrender or request for surrender by the superior force is recognized by the Hague Conventions. It is part of the bizarre dichotomy of the Third Reich that even with their most bitter enemies, the Soviets, they observed this custom and never fired on delegates approaching under a white flag.

The Nazis were responsible for the deaths of millions of people, but they never murdered any parley delegates during the war.

(Source: The Siege of Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II by Krisztian Ungvary.)

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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