Chinese Soldiers as Prisoners in Korea: Ideological Enigma

  • Bruce Jacobs


The handling and dispositions of enemy prisoners of war, as a national responsibility, established itself on the front-burner of America’s attention span, as a crucial sidebar to the war in Iraq. Controversy has, rightly or wrongly, also characterized American views of the military prison facility at Guantanamo Navy Base in Cuba as a detention center. The widely-publicized events at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad focused worldwide attention on how we appeared to be carrying out the responsibility which evolves upon a country with prisoners in its custody.

Author Biography

Bruce Jacobs
The author retired from army service as a major general in 1985. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and in 1978-79 earned a Master’s degree in diplomatic history at Georgetown University. He is the author of books and articles on military history; his earliest publication was Korea’s Heroes in 1961.