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4. The Convention requires that when a serviceman is taken prisoner he shall supply his captors with his name, rank, number and date of birth and shall produce to them his identity card issued under the provisions of Article 17 of the Prisoner of War Convention (in the case of British forces this is the F/Ident/189). NO other information is required to be given and the captors are forbidden to demand it or to threaten a prisoner who refuses to supply it.
5. Prisoners of war must be left in possession of their personal effects including metal helmets, gas masks, identity documents, clothing, articles fop feeding, badges of rank and decorations. Arms, military equipment (other than above), and military documents may be taken away, but money and valuables may only be taken by order of an officer who must give a receipt in proper form.
6. After capture prisoners are to be evacuated from the fighting zone as quickly as possible. During this period they must be given sufficient food and water (and clothing if necessary) and the general arrangements for their accommodation and transport should be substantially the same as for the forces which capture them. Similarly sick and wounded prisoners are to be evacuated through medical channels and looked after as far as possible by captured medical personnel of their own nationality.