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(a) Bathing and washing arrangements Every officer shall be enabled to take at least one hot bath or hot shower bath a week, and unless other and adequate arrangements are made for bathing there shall be at least one shower bath for every forty officers. In every camp there must be at least two shower baths available. The shower baths shall be available for officers daily for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.

Ordinarily, every officer shall have at his disposal a wash basin and jug, and a water pitcher and glass. Where stationary washstands with running water are provided there shall be at least one bowl for every ten officers.

(6) Sanitary conveniences All latrines and urinals shall comply with the requirements of proper sanitation and shall be lighted at night.

There shall be at least one latrine seat for every 30 officers. In no event shall there be less than three in any camp. They shall be separated one from another and shut off from view.

There shall be at least one urinal for every 20 officers.

The latrines for use at night shall be outside the sleeping rooms, and if not in the same building, access thereto shall be protected against bad weather.

Latrines and urinals for the use of officers shall be separate from those used by enlisted men.


(a) Infirmaries An infirmary shall be established in every camp for officer prisoners of war, which shall contain at least three beds for every one hundred officers in camp. The rules as regards floor space and height shall comply with the conditions prescribed for the sleeping rooms. Separate bathing arrangements, latrines and urinals shall be provided for sick officers.

(6) Hospitals Officers in hospitals shall be allowed during the day time to be in the open air as far as this is in accordance with the treatment prescribed for them by the medical officer.

Officers who are seriously ill may, with the consent of the medical officer, be visited by comrades who are in the same hospital or in a neighboring camp. The visiting officers must give their paroles under the same conditions as are prescribed for walks.


Every general or flag officer shall be entitled to one orderly. Field and commanding officers shall be entitled to one orderly for every four officers. Army captains and subalterns are entitled to one orderly for every seven officers.

Men employed as orderlies should be willing to perform this duty, should be physically fit in every way for the work, and should work only for the officer prisoners.

Orderlies shall be quartered and otherwise treated as well as other prisoners of war of like grades.

The rations and other rights of the orderlies shall not be curtailed on account of any gratuities or gifts in kind which they may receive from the officers.

Orderlies shall if possible be of the same State of Origin as the officers to whom they are assigned.


A commissioned officer of the Captor State shall be present at all roll calls and there shall not be more than three roll calls per day. When there are adequate reasons the number of roll calls may be increased temporarily. In such case the Secretary of War or his representative must be notified.


Compulsory physical exercises and drills are forbidden.





Prisoners of war shall be housed in buildings or barracks which must fulfill all requirements of hygiene and be fully protected from inclement weather. Barracks shall, if possible, have wooden floors. If that is not practicable, the floor shall be so constructed that it can be kept hard, dry and clean.

Camps shall not be established in unhealthful locations. Wire fencing shall not be electrified.

(a) Dormitories

The floor space of dormitories shall be on the scale of 3 square meters per head. If beds are placed one above the other, the floor space may be reduced to 2 square meters per head. Rooms shall be sufficiently large to provide each occupant with an air space of 7.5 cubic meters.

(6) Living and dining rooms In all camps containing at least 100 prisoners of war there shall be dining rooms provided with a sufficient quantity of tables and benches. The floor space shall be on the scale of 0.5 square metres per head. The dining rooms may be used by the prisoners of war for purposes of recreation between meals. In that case they must remain open from reveille until tattoo.

(c) Protection against fire Every reasonable precaution, in accordance with current engineering practice in the Captor State, shall be taken against the possibility of injury to prisoners of war because of fire. Fire orders providing for the safe and orderly disposition of prisoners of war in case of fire shall be posted in all prison barracks, camps or working camps in the language of the prisoners of war; and the latter as well as the guards shall be fully informed of such orders. These orders shall specifically provide for the temporary release under guard of prisoners of war confined in cells or special disciplinary inclosures.


Paths habitually in use within the camp shall be kept in serviceable condition even in bad weather.


The beds shall be either iron or wooden frames. The bedding shall consist of a soft mattress at least 5 centimeters thick throughout and of two warm covers of adequate dimensions to be supplied by the Captor State. The bed frames shall be raised at least 20 centimeters above the floor. They shall be separated by a space 50 centimeters broad or a dividing wall 40 centimeters high. The contents of the mattress if of straw, paper, seaweed or similar material shall be renewed sufficiently often to insure cleanliness and adequate thickness. The contents must not consist of unclean material. Prisoners of war shall be allowed to keep their own blankets in addition to those provided by the camps.


Lighting shall be sufficient to enable prisoners of war to read and write from dusk until tattoo in the rooms at their disposal for the purpose.

All rooms must be sufficiently heated for the purposes for which they are used.


A space for exercise of sufficient size to permit of outdoor games being played shall be provided in each camp. It shall be sufficient to provide ten square meters for every non-worker. In main and working camps containing more than 100 prisoners of war a special exercise ground shall be provided which the prisoners of war themselves shall prepare. The area shall be on a basis of 250 square meters for 100 prisoners of war and 75 square meters for every additional 100 prisoners of war. Paths may be, but gardens shall not be counted in computing this area.


(a) Bathing and washing arrangements Adequate facilities for washing must be provided and in the absence of other adequate arrangements there shall be a tap to every 30 men and a shower bath for every 50 men. Suitable provision for washing shall, however, always be made when necessitated by the nature of the work prisoners of war are called upon to perform.

Bathing facilities shall permit of at least one hot bath or hot shower per week of at least five minutes duration. Facilities for washing clothes shall be available at least once a week.

Prisoners of war shall receive an allowance of soap which shall in no case be less than 150 grams per head per month. Prisoners employed on heavy work shall receive an extra allowance.

(6) Sanitary conveniences

Latrines and urinals must conform to the requirements of health and cleanliness and, if in barracks, must be separated from the living rooms.

There must be at least one latrine seat and one meter of urinal trough for every 40 men.

The latrines for use at night shall be outside the sleeping rooms, and, if not in the same buildings, access thereto shall be protected against bad weather. Latrines shall be lighted at night.


(a) Clothing Clothing, underclothing and footwear shall be furnished by the Captor State, the quality of which shall equal that of the same articles furnished for similar purposes to its own armed forces. Furthermore the prisoners of war shall be allowed to receive wearing apparel and other objects of daily use from the designated relief societies. No such consignment shall relieve the Captor State of the obligation of providing clothing, etc. The Captor State shall provide for regular renewal and repair.

Regulation uniforms furnished by the State of Origin or the relief societies shall not be cut for the purpose of applying stripes or other distinctive marks.

Every prisoner of war shall be provided with the following articles: 1 cap, 1 pair cloth trousers, 1 cloth coat or tunic, 1 overcoat, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of drawers, 2 pairs of socks or stockings, 2 pairs of boots or shoes of which one pair may be house shoes or wooden slippers, 1 towel per week.

In addition, each worker shall be provided with a suit of drill overalls whenever the nature of the work requires it.

(6) Equipment Each prisoner of war shall be given a mess kit and utensils, including a knife, fork and spoon, a drinking cup and a barrack bag or other suitable container for his personal belongings.


(a) Infirmaries In every camp containing more than 30 prisoners of war there shall be an infirmary. The number of beds shall be three for every hundred prisoners and for every bed there shall be an air space of at least 10 cubic metres. The beds shall each have springs, a mattress, a pillow and sheets.

Special bath and sanitary conveniences shall be provided for the sick.

(6) Hospitals Prisoners of war under treatment in hospitals shall be given opportunity for being in the open air daily, so far as this is in accordance with the treatment prescribed for them by the medical officers.

Men who are seriously ill may be visited, so far as practicable and subject to the consent of the medical officer, by comrades who are located in the same hospital or in a neighboring camp.

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