December 6, 2021

Capitulation (historically: dagtinga) means that a combatant in armed conflict gives up, normally without special conditions. Giving up unconditionally is also called giving up at discretion, although the term is rarely used nowadays. White flag is used when a troop requests to negotiate capitulation. How this is to be handled is regulated in, for example, the Hague Convention of 1899 and 1907. Military personnel of different nationalities have different ways of dealing with capitulation. In several countries and cultures, it is considered disgraceful to give up. Chords were an older term for a benevolent surrender and surrender of a fortress. Capitulation can take place individually, when lone soldiers are taken prisoner or as a group where, for example, a regiment capitulates intact. An example of capitulation is when Japan capitulated to the United States after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


See also

Debellation Prisoner of war Crime by warriors (Swedish law) Chivalry

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