Prisoner of War Camps in Britain During the Second World War

Prisoner of War Camps in Britain During the Second World War

Paperback War in Britain

By (author) Jon Sutherland, By (author) Diane Sutherland

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  • Publisher: Golden Guides Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 210mm x 16mm | 367g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Newhaven
  • ISBN 10: 1780950136
  • ISBN 13: 9781780950136
  • Illustrations note: 60-80
  • Sales rank: 1,010,935

Product description

PoW 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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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.

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'Fills a gap in the history of the Second World War,' Yorkshire Gazette and Herald