The Kaiser's First POWs

The Kaiser's First POWs

by Philip Chinnery


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In 1915, the German government published a book entitled 1915 in an attempt to portray the Germans as a civilized people who were destined to win the war, who would treat their prisoners with care and compassion. The Kaiser’s First POWs is the first book to compare the ‘official’ German view to the grim reality of captivity, as experienced by the prisoners.

Dozens of original photos from 1915 tell the story as seen by German eyes. Compare them to the personal accounts from former prisoners who describe the reality of falling into the hands of the German Army and life as a prisoner of the Kaiser.

By the end of the war, the Germans had taken approximately 2.8 million prisoners of war. This books describes the life and times of these prisoners and the manner in which the Germans dealt with the problems involved in accommodating them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473892286
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Philip Chinnery is the chairman of the National Ex-Prisoner of War Association and has carried out extensive research into the life of prisoners of the First World War in German hands. A prolific writer, he has published almost 20 books on military and aviation subjects including three on the Korean war for Pen and Sword. He also writes articles for Flypast and Aeroplane Monthly magazines and has recently produced two specials for Key Publishing on the Vietnam and Korean air wars. He is currently working on a second volume on the First World War describing the escapes carried out by desperate and determined prisoners of the Kaiser.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 The Horrors of War 1

Chapter 2 Into the Bag: The First Prisoners 16

Chapter 3 The Camps 31

Chapter 4 All the Comforts of Home 57

Chapter 5 The Jailers 78

Chapter 6 Sanitary Arrangements and Care of the Sick 92

Chapter 7 Arbeits Kommandos and Reprisals 112

Chapter 8 Keeping Idle Hands Busy 118

Chapter 9 Escape 160

Chapter 10 Allied Prisoners of War 172

Postscript 188

Index 189

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