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Honors of War

Honors of War

HONORS OF WAR. A military force is said to be accorded "the honors of war" when the terms of its capitulation include the right to march away with colors flying, bands playing, bayonets fixed, and in possession of weapons and equipment. Conditions may vary somewhat in accordance with the agreement worked out between the opposing commanders. Originally, the honors of war probably were reserved for defenders who had distinguished themselves by a particularly heroic resistance. In practice, however, it is good strategy to gain time and save casualties by convincing the defenders of a strong position to surrender their fortress or terrain in return for being allowed to go free and with honor. Troops accorded the honors of war normally are required to proceed to a specified place before they are free to resume hostilities.

SEE ALSO Fort Granby, South Carolina.

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