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Captured Generals (Pay)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War what salaries Von Arnim and other German and Italian generals, who are prisoners of war in this country, are to receive; who pays for those salaries; and whether the same rule applies to our officers who are prisoners of war?


asked the Secretary of State for War whether General von Arnim is in receipt of payment while a prisoner of war in Britain; can he state the amount; and is any preferential treatment afforded him by virtue of his rank?

I gave an outline of the general principles underlying the payments which are made to officers who are prisoners of war in an answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Plaistow (Mr. Thorne) yesterday. With my hon. Friends' permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the rates of pay, appropriate to their rank, of German and Italian general officers who are prisoners in British hands. Article 21 of the Geneva Convention contains the provision that officers who are prisoners of war shall be treated with due regard to their rank and age. Generals are given better quarters and more privacy than other officers, but in general they receive the same treatment.

If preferential treatment of this character is to be given to generals of high rank, would that not create a considerable amount of dissatisfaction among the Forces of this country, first because of shackling, secondly because of unfairness?

It is not for us to follow the example of others in breaking international Conventions.

Has my hon. and learned Friend made it clear in his answer whether the figures are inclusive or exclusive of their keep?

In the case of German officers the food is supplied in addition. In the case of Italian officers they have to pay for the food out of what they get.

Following is the table:

Rank.British equivalent.Rate (monthly).
Maresciallo d'ItaliaField-Marshall48123
Generale d'ArmataGeneral
Generale di Corpo d'Armata
Generale di Corpo d'Armata41134
Tenente Generale (including Generale di Divisione)Lieut.-General3623
Maggiore Generale (including Generale di Brigata)Major-General27157