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    DescriptionPoW Camps in Britain - Prisoners, murderers, celebrities, escapees - and football Little has been written about the prisoner of war camps in Britain during the Second World War but Jon and Diane Sutherland's ground-breaking book reveals the dramas behind the camps, including the prisoners who used to escape and dress up as locals to visit the pub before breaking back in every night, vicious murders and the uneasy - or even romantic - relationship between the locals and the prisoners, with some prisoners returning after the war to help finish the work they started on local churches or in the fields. The book is full of fascinating stories and personalities such as: One of the most famous prisoners of war was Bert Trautmann who later became a goalkeeper for Manchester City, even carrying on playing in the 1956 FA Cup final against Birmingham despite breaking his neck during the game Some German escapees boldly stole a plane but had to return to Britain after realising they didn't have enough range to get home, despite managing to refuel at another RAF airfield; other successful escapees sent abusive postcards back to the British camp commanders from Germany Italian prisoners of war turned two Nissen huts into a chapel at Lamb Holm, Orkney Islands Field Marshall Montgomery's mother used to visit Elmfield Camp, near Portadown, when she was a member of the Red Cross Pre-1947, it was illegal for PoWs to have relationships with British women and the women would lose their British nationality and face being deported if they married their PoW boyfriends An estimated 25,000 German former prisoners chose to stay in Britain after the war, although 10,000 were repatriated by order of the Home Secretary. Many returned to Britain at harvest time to help the farms where they'd been forced to work as PoWs There were just two PoW camps at the beginning of the war and over 600 by the end of it. This fascinating book contains a county-by-county directory


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    Title
    Prisoner of War Camps in Britain During the Second World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Sutherland, By (author) Diane Sutherland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 367 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781780950136
    ISBN 10: 1780950136
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JWXR, 3JJH, 1DBK
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    DC23: 940.547241
    Thema V1.0: NHW
    Illustrations note
    60-80
    Publisher
    Golden Guides Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Golden Guides Press Ltd
    Publication date
    17 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Newhaven
    Author Information
    Jon and Diane Sutherland are award-winning authors who have written over 200 books. They are renowned military historians and are particularly interested in the social history aspect of war. The Norfolk-based authors are also writing Military Airfields in Britain During the Second World War for Golden Guides Press.
    Review quote
    'Fills a gap in the history of the Second World War,' Yorkshire Gazette and Herald