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Prisoner of War in Germany (Shire Library) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Peter Doyle

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20. Januar 2009 Shire Library
During World War II, German prison camps swelled with Allied Prisoners of War, captured during fierce conflicts, from the Battle of France in 1940 to the bomber offensives over Germany from 1943. This book looks in intimate detail at the life of average private soldiers, beginning with their capture, through the long days as prisoners and hard labourers, to the readjustment to home life after their release. Illustrated with original materials, postcards, and photographs, the author reveals their personal experiences in this intriguing account, including letters to and from home, which disclose some surprising attitudes towards the POWs.

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"Copiously detailed and illustrated, by an archaeologist who led a dig at Stalag Luft III." -World War II Magazine (May 2009)

"Germany is not known for its hospitality during World War II. Prisoners of War in Germany is a look at prisoners of war who were captured during World War II, as the result of many bloody conflicts along the German border. This is the story of these American and BRitish soldiers who lived their lives being forced into hard labor by their enemies, hoping their allies would eventually come to their aid. Illustrated with full color photos, and cartoons from the time, Prisoners of War in Germany is a vivid picture of the lives these men faced. Highly recommended." -Small Press Bookwatch (April 2009)

"...Prisoner of War in Germany is a great primer for those not familiar with the experience of the WW2-era prisoners of war in Germany, and it makes this reader speculate whether there would be a similar title about the experience of British, Commonwealth, and American POWs in Japanese camps." - C Peter Chen, World War 2 Database - ww2.db.com (February 2009)

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During World War II, German prison camps swelled with Allied Prisoners of War, captured during fierce conflicts, from the Battle of France in 1940 to the bomber offensives over Germany from 1943. This book looks in intimate detail at the life of average private soldiers, beginning with their capture, through the long days as prisoners and hard labourers, to the readjustment to home life after their release. Illustrated with original materials, postcards, and photographs, the author reveals their personal experiences in this intriguing account, including letters to and from home, which disclose some surprising attitudes towards the POWs.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Pleasant Surprise 11. Februar 2009
Von R. A Forczyk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When this small volume about Allied prisoners of war in Germany arrived in the mail, my first impression was that it seemed too short to have any great value. However, upon reading through the first section, I quickly realized two things about it: (a) this author knew what he was talking about and (b) real research went into this volume. Good historical research is good historical research, whether it is 5 pages long or 500 pages long and this volume proved to be a pleasant surprise since it packs a great deal of fresh information in its 64 pages.

Prisoner of War in Germany is divided into five short sections that cover the highlights of "Kriegie" (POW) life for Commonwealth and American prisoners. By no means does the author attempt to be encyclopedic but he does address all the main issues. The initial section provides some good statistics on how many Allied prisoners were taken by the Germans, with some breakdown for particular campaigns (I have read much longer books on the subject that failed to provide this basic data). He also addresses the initial period of captivity and transport to the POW camps as well as the basic layout of typical camps. The second section covers survival and covers a variety of topics including Red Cross packages, letters home and POW efforts to improvise. The third section covers work projects assigned by the Germans and POW efforts to cope, including self-taught language classes (this section is the only relatively weak one in the volume). The fourth section - which is very good - profiles three Allied POWs: a British soldier captured at Dunkirk in 1940, an American soldier captured in early 1945 and a Scottish airman captured in 1943. The final section covers escape and liberation, which offers the insight that although there were many escapes, few scored a "home run" (made it back to Allied lines). The author also points out that the majority of prisoners elected to sit tight and wait for the end of the war.

Two great aspects of this volume is that the author provides numerous photos of contemporary POW-related items and documents, which give a very good `period' feel. He has also done significant on-site research at former POW camps; usually you only see this type of information in After the Battle magazine. Overall, this volume does a very good job providing the essential information about its topic and it is very readable. Perhaps the only flaw is that the author minimizes the suffering of Soviet POWs who were at some of the same camps, suggesting that "thousands" starved to death. It was more like 3 million starved or were worked to death. There is no doubt that this book could have been longer, but for its size, it delivers a surprising amount.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A vivid picture of the lives these men faced, highly recommended 5. April 2009
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Germany is not known for its hospitality during World War II. "Prisoners of War in Germany" is a look at prisoners of war who were captured during World War II, as the result of many bloody conflicts along the German border. This is the story of these American and British soldiers who lived their lives being forced in hard labor by their enemies, hoping their allies would eventually come to their aid. Illustrated with full color photos, and cartoons from the time, "Prisoners of War in Germany" is a vivid picture of the lives these men faced, highly recommended.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Good Book but Printing Errors 22. Juni 2009
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The book is small but well written. Unfortunately the copy I received, and likely other copies, were improperly bound by the publisher. Several pages are repeated, and other pages are missing altogether. If you purchase the book, immediately flip through it upon receipt to make sure that everything is there--if anything is wrong immediately return it before you discard the shipping material.
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