I think soldier A would also have been set on fire but only as a last resort to stop the flow of information.My bold, in spades. I'll tell you of a couple of soldiers, neither of whom I met. The difference between cheese and chalk. I'll call them soldier A and soldier W.
I first heard about soldier A a few years ago, and couldn't believe what I was hearing. He was suing the MOD due to being verbally abused! Not sure if it was racial or he was ABCD... what ever, irrelevant. My first thought was, 'Does he think that should he be captured, the enemy are only going to call him names!?' RTU'd civvy street.
Soldier W was in that unique category, being captured by the enemy. Unfortunately he didn't Beat the Clock, a game show on TV too. He was found hanging by his thumbs, with his feet clear of the ground, to allow for the fire underneath him. RIP Choccy.
We had a rather interesting talk from our S/ray that evening. He informed us we could all be broken some sooner than others, but we would break. He then suggested some techniques we could use to help us hold out longer. He then asked, asked not ordered, us to hold on as long as we could should we be captured, to allow for codes, patrols to be changed, thus saving someone else being compromised.
How do you think soldier A would react if the positions had been reversed?
I'm sure if personnel could have sued the MoD years ago they would have. I wouldn't want my name on the paperwork for dosing up national servicemen with Sarin in this day & age.
Are there accounts of how commissars & political officers fared when away from the comfort & safety of the barracks? That might be an indicator of how things go in the future for a more politically divided army.