German Prisoners (POWs) Arrive in England (1940) | British Pathé
German prisoners of war in British prison camp during World War I HD Stock Footage
LAST GERMAN PRISONERS SAY GOODBYE
German Prisoners Of War In Camp (1939)
WWII German Prisoners Return Home (1955) | British Pathé
Large numbers of German prisoners of war were held in Britain between the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 and late 1948. Their numbers reached a peak of around 400,000 in 1946, and then began to fall when repatriation began. The experiences of these prisoners differed in certain important respects from those of captured German servicemen held by other nations. The treatment of the captives, though strict, was generally humane, and fewer prisoners died in British captivity than in other countries. The British government also introduced a programme of re-education, which was intended to demonstrate to the POWs the evils of the Nazi regime, while promoting the advantages of democracy. Some 25,000 German prisoners remained in the United Kingdom voluntarily after being released from prisoner of war status.
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