Practice Relating to Rule 49. War Booty
Kenya’s LOAC Manual (1997) states, with regard to captured enemy combatants and military objects:
Disarming comprises the search for and the taking away of equipment and documents of military value (e.g. ammunition, maps, orders, telecommunication material and codes). Such equipment and documents become war booty.
A POW [prisoner of war] is entitled to keep his identity card and identity disc, his personal property, decorations, badges of rank, articles of sentimental value and military clothing and protective equipment such as steel helmet, gas mask and NBC clothing …
Captured enemy military objects (except means of identification, medical and religious objects and those necessary for clothing, feeding and the protection of captured personnel) become war booty (e.g. objects of military value taken from captured enemy military personnel, other military material such as weapons, transport, store goods). War booty may be used without restriction. It belongs to the capturing Party, not to individual combatants.