Practice Relating to Rule 51. Public and Private Property in Occupied Territory
Section A. Movable public property in occupied territory
Germany’s Military Manual (1992) provides:
Movable government property which may be used for military purposes shall become spoils of war … Upon seizure it shall, without any compensation, become the property of the occupying State. Such property includes, for instance, means of transport, weapons, and food supplies … The latter shall not be requisitioned unless the requirements of the civilian population have been taken into account … The requirements of the civilian population shall be satisfied first.