Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

Get access

(249 words)


The coercive demand for, and taking of, foodstuffs and other troop needs in enemy territory – that is, confiscated items. This action was allowed under the Hague Convention of 1907 IV, The Laws and Customs of War on Land. According to Article 52, in wartime on the authority of the local commander in chief, requisitions and services for the troops could be demanded from the inhabitants of an occupied territory, and also collected against resistance. There was to be no disproportionate use of force. Also, the extent of the …

Cite this page
Thoss, Bruno, “Requisition”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

▲   Back to top   ▲