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.
NAME: Captured Germans, British POW Camps in the First World War FILE: R2587 AUTHOR: Norman Nicol PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 360 PRICE: £30.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, capture, POW Camps, detention centres, war graves ISBN: 1-78346-348-1 IMAGE: B2587.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y8wrbnkm LINKS: DESCRIPTION: 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 – Most Highly Recommended. For some reason, historians have completely overlooked the history of British POW camps and their German and Austrian prisoners. The author left school with no formal qualifications, spent his early working life as fitter and engineer, As a mature student he enrolled on an access course at university and spent the last decade of his working life as a member of the support staff in a secondary school. In retirement he began researching Scottish junior football teams, before beginning his work on this book. Sadly, he died in 2016, shortly before the completion of this book. During WWI, the British captured very large numbers of Germans and Austrians. It also interned German and Austrian civilians. This resulted in more than 500 camps being created across the British Isles, including Ireland and Jersey. As the subject was neglected by historians most of these camps have vanished without trace, at least until the author began his epic research. Thanks to his efforts there is now a comprehensive record. The camps are listed alphabetically by location and contain as much information as it was possible to gather from multiple sources. The work includes a photo-plate section which is very interesting. The book concludes with an account of the German War Graves Commission and the agreement between Britain and the Federal Republic of Germany that resulted in the remains of German and Austrian war dead in Britain being moved to a central cemetery that was set out on Cannock Chase. This book will be valuable to historians and enthusiasts making studies of the Great War, but it will also be important to all those families who wish to find information on treatment of POWs in Britain and the graves of those who died.