Thursday, April 1, 1999 Published at 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
PoWs: Advice and rights
Serbian TV showed pictures of three US soldiers
The three US soldiers captured by Serbia looked battered and bruised when they were shown on state-controlled television.
But Britain has accused Serbia of acting in direct contravention of the Geneva Convention in taking the three captive and parading them for propaganda purposes.
In event of capture
Spokesman Michael Devlin was reluctant to go into operational details but he told BBC News Online that British soldiers are thoroughly trained in what to do in the event of capture.
He indicated that four key areas are:
Knowledge of the Geneva Convention is an "essential part" of training, as are "conduct after capture" classes.
The training, he added, has been shaped by lessons learned from the Gulf War, but more specifically from the Korean War and the Vietnam War - and there are still lessons to be learned from World War II.
Still doing their job
Soldiers who become prisoners of war are still considered to be working, according to a spokeswoman at the US Mission in Brussels - their job is to be good prisoners.
US military personnel take an oath not to do anything while being held captive to "embarrass" their country or be "detrimental to it".
Former SAS soldier Andy McNab, who was captured during the Gulf War and wrote the book Bravo Two Zero about his experience, agreed that the three men are still working.
They would have been trained to cope with captivity, although that training would not overcome the "initial fear and disbelief" of being taken prisoner, he said.
But once they are being interrogated, they would follow the procedure of only revealing limited information like their number, rank, name and date of birth.
Mr McNab said: "They don't want to appear aggressive to their captors, they don't want to appear being belligerent.
"But that's not to say that their minds are not working overtime to make sure they only give the correct information and still do their job, because they've still got a job to do," he added.
"Their job now is to be a prisoner and there are certain responsibilities to that."
The men would be encouraged because they were captured together and so there would be "a lot of hope and a lot of strength" shared between them, he said.
Treatment of PoWs
Key points of the convention regarding treatment of prisoners of war are: