Practice Relating to Rule 109. Search for, Collection and Evacuation of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
Italy’s LOAC Elementary Rules Manual (1991) instructs soldiers that when confronted with wounded enemy combatants, the following rule must be observed: “Collect them.”
The manual also states: “Wounded enemy combatants and shipwrecked shall be evacuated.”
Italy’s Combatant’s Manual (1998) instructs: “Collect and care for the wounded and sick.”
Italy’s Wartime Military Penal Code (1941) provides for the punishment of any military medical personnel who, during or after an engagement, fail to provide assistance to the wounded, sick or shipwrecked.