Captured Germans - British POW Camps in WWI (Hardback)
When we consider prisoner of war camps in the First World War we inevitably think of those on the Continent. We seem to have forgotten that in the UK there were huge numbers of enemy combatants and alien civilians interned in camps right across the realm.
By the end of the war there were almost 500 internment camps in England and Wales, with another twenty-five in Scotland, two on the Isle of Man and one each in Ireland and Jersey. Between them they held around 250,000 individuals.
It is a dark side of history and, for reasons that have never been fully resolved, many of the locations used to intern civilians and combatants during the First World War have been lost in time – until now.
In this proposed title, the author has, for the first time ever, tracked down the sites and history of each of these camps and all the places used for internment purposes in the UK during the First World have been brought together in one document.
As these camps were to be found in almost every region of the UK, its appeal will be equally widespread. For local and military historians, teachers, researchers and archaeologists, this book will prove of immense value.
We must also not forget that for the families of those that were interred this will also be a vital source of information that was not previously readily available. The title will be completed in time for the centenaries of the First World War.
In this authoritative work the author records, in alphabetical order and for the first time in a single volume, the locations of each camp and other places used for housing both enemy and civilians and combatants. This work, which interesting in its own right, is also a superb reference work for anyone undertaking research into this much overlooked subject.The Great War magazine, November 2017 – reviewed by Mark Marsay
Highly commended. 10/10
I was aware of the fact that we had POW camps in Britain during the second world war, because there was one directly behind where we lived in Brockworth in the 1950s, an Italian POW camp made entirely of Nissen huts which still stood until the late 1950s/early 1960s when they were cleared for a new housing estate. I have never given much thought to the fact that there may have been POW camps in Britain during the first world war. Norman Nicol's excellent book puts these camps firmly in mind with a close look at how German POWs were treated and housed during the conflict.Books Monthly
This book corrects the serious neglect of its subject. The author has demonstrated that a historian needs only dedication and hard work to research a subject and present it in print. The result is a unique and definitive work that will be of enormous value to other historians, enthusiasts and the families of German WWI POWs – Highly Recommended.Firetrench
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