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Hitler’s Atrocities against Allied PoWs (Hardback)

War Crimes of the Third Reich

Military WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Philip Chinnery
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 329
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781526701879
Published: 2nd May 2018



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Seventy years ago, the Nuremberg Trials were in full swing in Germany. In the dock were the leaders of the Nazi regime and most eventually received their just desserts. But what happened to the other war criminals?

In June 1946, Lord Russell of Liverpool became Deputy Judge Advocate and legal adviser to the Commander in Chief for the British Army of the Rhine in respect of all trials held by British Military Courts of German war criminals. He later wrote;

'At the outbreak of the Second World War, the treatment of prisoners was governed by the Geneva Prisoner of War Convention of 1929, the Preamble of which stated that the aim of the signatories was to alleviate the conditions of prisoners of war.

'During the war, however, the provisions of the Convention were repeatedly disregarded by Germany. Prisoners were subjected to brutality and ill-treatment, employed on prohibited and dangerous work, handed over to the SD for "special treatment" in pursuance of Hitler's Commando Order, lynched in the streets by German civilians, sent to concentration camps, shot on recapture after escaping, and even massacred after they had laid down their arms and surrendered.'

Tens of thousands of Allied prisoners of war died at the hands of the Nazis and their Italian allies. This book is for them – lest we forget.

Throughout the Second World War Germany committed many atrocities against the Allied prisoners of war in their care, and this excellently researched book examines some of the more notorious examples as well as others which have rarely been mentioned. These include the murder of British soldiers at Dunkirk, the Malmedy Massacre, the shooting of SAS troops in accordance with Hitler's infamous Commando order, the killing of recaptured airmen following the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III, and the near genocidal conditions endured by Russian prisoners of war who were afforded no theoretical protection by the Geneva Convention. There are also a great many other lesser known instances documented, in Poland, Greece, Russia, North Africa, Italy, Normandy, and Arnhem, and in all cases Chinnery describes the circumstances which led up to them and the post-war efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Pegasus Archive

A chilling read.

The Armourer, April 2019

This is a sobering and harrowing book, detailing many forgotten crimes committed against POWs who should have been offered the protection of the Geneva Convention, but tragically were not.

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