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British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany

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Over 185,000 British military servicemen were captured by the Germans during the First World War and incarcerated as prisoners of war (POWs). In this original investigation into their experiences of captivity, Wilkinson uses official and private British source material to explore how these servicemen were challenged by, and responded to, their wartime fate. Examining the psychological anguish associated with captivity, and physical trials, such as the controlling camp spaces; harsh routines and regimes; the lack of material necessities; and, for many, forced labour demands, he asks if, how and with what effects British POWs were able to respond to such challenges. The culmination of this research reveals a range of coping strategies embracing resistance; leadership and organisation; networks of support; and links with 'home worlds'. British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany offers an original insight into First World War captivity, the German POW camps, and the mentalities and perceptions of the British servicemen held within.

Product code: 9781316648872

ISBN 9781316648872
No. Of Pages 322
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW153xS20
Series Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare
Over 185,000 British military servicemen were captured by the Germans during the First World War. Utilising official government reports alongside private diaries, letters and personal testimonies, British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany restores the forgotten history of these men and their experiences of captivity to the historiography of the First World War.