Guests of the Third Reich: The British POW Experience in Germany 1939-1945


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Guests of the Third Reich: The British POW Experience in Germany 1939-1945


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More than 170,000 British prisoners of war (POWs) were taken by German and Italian forces during the Second World War. Conditions were tough. Rations were meagre. The days dragged and there was a constant battle against boredom. The men, but not officers, had to work, often at heavy labour.

Guests of the Third Reich will provide an overview of what daily life was like for prisoners, from staging theatre productions to keep morale up to working allotments and planning audacious escape attempts.

Utilising IWM’s collections of letters, diaries, memoirs and sound interviews, this gripping, poignant narrative conveys the story of those in captivity in Germany during the Second World War in a personal and engaging way. Also featured are a selection of photographs from the IWM archive, giving a rare glimpse inside these infamous internment camps.

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Dimensions 129 × 198 mm

Anthony Richards

Author Bio

Anthony Richards is head of Documents and Sound at Imperial War Museums. He is the author of many books, including In Their Own Words: Untold Stories of the First World War, The War on Paper: 20 Documents that Defined the Second World War, and, most recently, D-Day and Normandy: A Visual History.



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