The honours of war are a set of privileges that are granted to a defeated army during their surrender pomp. This honours symbolises the bravery of the defeated army and grew to a custom during thee age early modern warfare.
When full honour of war are granted the army can March-out with its flag flying, drum beats out and beyonets fixed. During the occasion the Musketman matches on the both tye ends of the musket balls and keep it in their mouth which takes place during the matchlock era. When they are marching out they can play any music of their choice which is customarily an enemy tune. Yet, there is no need for the defeated army to select an enemy tune. The British Army at the battles of saratoga play the tune of the British Geranadiers.
After the March out the defeated army will arrange their arms and they will give any of teh government property to the victor, however the officers the take their own possessions. The defeated army can also take couple of cannons with them and also along with the symbolic supply of ammunition.
It was common for the commanders to stack the honours of war in retaliation for some other incidents. The American’s refused the honours of war when they surrendered after the Seige of Charleston. When declining the surrender of British Army at Yorktown a year later the American general George Washington insisted that the same honours will be provided for the surrendering Army as wore granted to the Garrison of Charles Town. As a result the British army had to March with flags and their band play was “A British or German March”
This Honours of war is considered to be a symbol of valiant defense. Therefore the Victorious general can also refuse to give the honours of war for the surrendering army if the general feels that the general feels that their enemies had given up too easily. For example, after the death of British Commander who was killed by the shot of Cannonball at the Battle of Fort Oswego his replacement quickly decided to give up and so the French general refuse to grant the honours of war as the general Little hales had not put up enough of a fight against them.
The honours of war became traditional during the early modern warfare, when the blockades were more common which made it difficult to corner the defeated army after the victory. However this practice continued in the age of industrial welfare.
After the seige of Metz the Prussians offered the honours of war to the French but the French general refused to talk it and in world war II the Germans offered the honours of war to the French general at the seige of lille. The British granted the Honours of War to the defeated Italian Army at the Battle of Amba Alagi.