The American YMCA and Prisoner of War Diplomacy during World War I

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  1. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    This is a wonderful book that can be read on line .... full of information and photographs !

    I hope it will be of some help to you !

    Walls of barbed wire imprisoned over six million soldiers and civilians during the First World War. The magnitude and complexity of the prisoner-of-war (POW) system quickly grew far beyond the original planning and resources of the belligerent nations. All of the combatant nations were unprepared for the unending streams of prisoners, which forced them to react to their mounting POW burdens on an ad hoc basis. As each nation focused on the demands of total warfare, and as the conflict that "would be over by Christmas" degenerated into a war of attrition, the POW became the "forgotten man," a burden to his captors but beyond the assistance of his homeland.


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