Posted by ESC on December 21, 2004
In Reply to: Take no prisoners posted by David FG on December 21, 2004
: : Hi,
: : Does anyone know the origin of 'take no prisoners'? Tahnks.
: I have always assumed it to be a military phrase. The order being given before a battle that all of the enemy were to be killed, as opposed to taking any (even the wounded or those that surrendered) as prisoners.
: It is, I believe, now contrary to international law.
Prisoners were killed to avoid:
COMBAT SUCK - "...units like the 709th Military Police Battalion are planning meticulously to avoid what is called 'combat suck' - drawing troops away from the fighting to care for war prisoners, thus slowing down the charge toward Baghdad." From NBC News online http://www.msnbc.com/news/886522.asp%20Accessed%20March%2018, 2003.