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"The British Prisoners of War Food Parcels and Clothing Fund." (June 1917) This 18-page pamphlet gives details of the contents of various size food and clothing parcels which could be ordered and sent by the fund to prisoners of war in Germany. The fund was staffed by 'ladies of leisure' and there are a number of photographs showing the staff at work and photos of the parcel and clothing depot.
Item code: POW-001
Item code: POW-002
"Misc. No.10. Agreement Between the British and Otterman Governments Respecting Prisoners of War and Civilians." (1918) This 15-page agreement between Britain and Turkey set out rules and regulations (in French and English) in respect of POW's and Civilian Internees held by both countries. The paper covers - Treatment of prisoners - Repatriation of medical personnel - Repatriation of civilians - Parcels and correspondence.
Item code: POW-003
"Proposed Release of Civilians Interned in the British and German Empires."
(January 1917) This report comprises of 6-pages and presents the
communications between Berlin and London, via the American Embassy in
each capital, about the proposed release of all German and British
civilians over the age of 45.
Item code: POW-004
"The Treatment of Prisoners of War in England and Germany During the First Eight Months of the War". (1915)
This 40-page official report contains the following chapters -The
treatment by Germany of captured soldiers after captivity and before
internment - The treatment of officers during internment - The treatment
of men during internment - Matters effecting the general welfare of
prisoners. This is an extremely comprehensive report which covers many
important issues relating to prisoners of war.
Item code: POW- 005
"Map of the Prison Camps in Germany and Austria."
by Mrs Pope-Hennessy. (c.1917) In addition to the useful map - which shows the locations of the main prison camps - over
180 of them are listed in this handbook, together with brief details of each
one. The guide comprises of 14-pages plus the map.
Item code: POW-006
You can print-out this extremely useful map from the above PDF file. It shows the location of a large number of the main POW camps in Germany and Austria during the 1914-1918 conflict.
"The Horrors of Wittenberg."
official report (1916) submitted to the British Government regarding
typhus epidemic at Wittenberg camp. It started in December 1914 and
lasted until May 1915. The evidence in the report came from prisoners
who survived the epidemic. This is a 32-page document.
Item code: POW-007
"Swiss Internment of Prisoners of War." This 63-page book published in November 1917, covers: the selection, supervision and transportation of interned prisoners - location and maintenance - educational facilities - civil rights - treatment in hospital - recreation and occupations - organisation and administration of Internment Services.
James Gerard, the chief of the camp inspectors said, "A
great step forward was made when arrangements were entered into between
Germany and Great Britain, whereby wounded and sick officers and men,
when passed by the Swiss Commission, which visited both countries, were
sent to Switzerland - sent still as prisoners of war - subject to return
to Germany or Great Britain, respectively. But the opportunity afforded
by change of food and scene, as well as reunion of families, saved many
Item code: POW-009
Item code: POW-010
"Misc. No.11 (1915) The Treatment of British Prisoners of War and Interned Civilians." This
24-page report looks at the conditions found by the 'Inspectors' in the
following camps. Burg - Crefeld - Doberitz - Gardelegen - Gottingen -
Gustrow - Helle - Magdeburg - Munster -Osnabruck - Satzwedel - Scheuen
- Schloss - Celle - Zossen. In this comprehensive report, James Gerard said, "I
am anxious to have every place in Germany where British subjects are
interned, visited by a member of my staff. At the present time I am
glad to say that there appears to be a general improvement in the
conditions prevailing in prison camps throughout Germany."
Item code: POW-012
"Misc. No.6 (1918) Death by Burning of J.E. Genower, When Prisoner of War at Brandenburg Camp."
This 8-page White Paper is a report of a fire at Brandenburg, which resulted in the
death of several prisoners and the bayoneting and burning of Able Seaman,
J.P.Genower. (On 1st June 1916, Genower of HMS Nestor had been taken prisoner at the battle of the Skagerrak. A number of eye-witness accounts of the fire were obtained by the "Netherlands Legation (British Section), Berlin" and published in this report, including one by "eight Spanish seamen who were captured from the steamship Gravina by a German submarine." Five Russians and one French soldier also died in the fire.
Item code: POW-013
"Misc. No.5. Treatment of German Prisoners of War and Interned Civilians in the United Kingdom."
(March 1915) This 5-page official report was the reply by the British
Government to the German Government via the American embassies, to a
telegram sent from Berlin, saying "Foreign
Office desires full information how German officers, officials, and
soldiers, according to rank, imprisoned in England, are paid, cared for,
housed, and clothed."
Item code: POW-014
Item code: POW-016
"THE CAMP MAGAZINE",
Number 26. (May 1917) This was a
periodical produced for members of the 1st Royal Naval Brigade, who were
interned in a camp at Groningen in Holland. It comprises of 21-pages.
Contents include - A long editorial - History of Groningen - The Bread
Fund - The Variety Company - R.N.B. Association Football Club - Rugby -
The Brass Band - Selection of poems - A day in the camp - In Memoriam
Item code: POW-018
Item code: POW-019
"The Ruhleben Camp Magazine" No.6.
This 70-page magazine was published in the camp in June 1917. Contents
include - Numerous sketches and cartoons of camp life - Selection of
camp limericks and poems - Specimens of camp craftmanship - Complaints
about parcels from England - The Ruhleben orchestra - camp football
match report - and much more.
"THE BRITISH PRISONER OF WAR." Vol.1 No.1, January 1918. This 15-page publication was issued by the British Red Cross to keep relatives informed of rules and regulations relating to a PoW and information about life in the camps. In this issue are articles about - Various camps in Turkey - Sending parcels to neutral countries - Letters from prisoners - Sending money to prisoners - The personal parcel - Sending supplies to newly captured prisoners - Advertisements from companies selling cigarettes, cardboard boxes and food parcels. A useful resource.
Item code: POW-021
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