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Civilian Supply and Rehabilitation

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[Technical Report, Study/Analysis]

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Command and General Staff College

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The United States has a legal and moral obligation to supply and rehabilitate liberated and conquered countries. Since the military occupation of enemy territory suspends the operation of the government of the occupied territory, the obligation arises under international law for the occupying force to exercise the function of civil government looking toward the restoration and maintenance of public order. If law and order is to be maintained, the civil populace must receive the minimum food ration and minimum housing required to prevent wide spread disease and unrest. The commander of the occupying forces has the legal responsibility of pro-viding the minimum food and housing required. Aside from the pure legal responsibility, commanders of United States Forces in occupied territory must assume a moral responsibility for feeding and housing the civil populace of occupied countries. As a Christian nation our people would not support a policy that left the civilian population of an enemy country to die of starvation and disease, nor would they support a planned destruction of all civilians to avoid the problems of feeding and housing them.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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[A, Approved For Public Release]