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World War One - Prisoners of War

High Culture in World War One Prison Camps (Literary Digest, 1917)

This two page article is about P.O.W.s and the plays and concerts that they launched while in captivity; it is illustrated by numerous images of the prisoner/performers in costume.

If you are looking for an article that spells out how much more educated people used to be as compared to now, you might have found it.

Click here to read about the W.W. II Canadian POWs who collaborated with the Nazis.

Click here to read about American POWs during the Vietnam War.


German Officers Recall Their Days as P.O.W.s (Times Literary Supplement, 1921)

Attached is a book review of what was described as the first book of it's kind: a compilation of assorted recollections by Imperial German officers of their years spent in captivity at the officer's prisoner of war camp at Skipton in Yorkshire.


A POW Hears About The Armistice (American Legion Weekly, 1921)

A former American prisoner of war recalled the American flag that he and his fellow prisoners had fashioned from Bull Durham and Lucky Strike bags the day they heard that the Germans had quit.


Soviet Prisoner Exchanges (Soviet Russia Monthly, 1920)

Here is a brief notice that appeared in a small, semi-monthly magazine concerning a PoW exchange that took place between the Soviets and the Germans some three years after the Russian Army made their uneasy peace with Imperial Germany.

Click here to read an article about the American POW experience during the Korean War.


A Letter from One Who Saw the First German Prisoners (NY Times, 1915)

This W.W. I letter was written by a French infantryman who had participated in one the earliest battles of 1914. In this letter, that managed to make it into the French, British and American papers, the Frenchman took a good deal of time to describe his impressions of the first German prisoners to be taken in the war:

"Their appetite is so great that, though in [the] presence of a French officer they will click their heels together properly, they never cease at the same time to munch noisily and to fill out their hollow cheeks."


World War One American Prisoners of War (The Stars and Stripes, 1919)

A brief notice reporting on the number of American Soldiers captured during the First World War. Also listed are the number of Americans who died in captivity as well as the number of prisoners taken categorized by branch of service. Interestingly, the notice states that 281 American Civilians were also taken prisoner.

Interestingly, the notice states that 116 American Civilians were also taken prisoner and we can assume that these Americans were with the Salvation Army, the Jewish Wellfare Board, the Knights of Columbus, etc.

Click here to learn what the Germans thought of American P.O.W.s...


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