Disarmed Enemy Forces

Disarmed Enemy Forces

Disarmed Enemy Forces (DEF), and—less commonly—Surrendered Enemy Forces, was a U.S. designation, both for soldiers who surrendered to an adversary after hostilities ended, and for those previously surrendered POWs who were held in camps in occupied German territory at that time. It is mainly referenced to Dwight D. Eisenhower's designation of German prisoners in post World War II occupied Germany. Because of the logistical impossibility of feeding millions of surrendered German soldiers at the levels required by the Geneva Convention during the food crisis of 1945, the purpose of the designation—along with the British designation of Surrendered Enemy Personnel (SEP)—was to prevent categorization of the prisoners as Prisoners of War (POW) under the 1929 Geneva Convention.

Read more about Disarmed Enemy ForcesGermany At The End of The War, Massive Prisoner Surrenders, Early Considerations of DEF Designations, DEF and SEP Designations, Aftermath, Controversy, Historical Precedents

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