German Prisoners in Great Britain

German Prisoners in Great Britain

German Prisoners in Great Britain

German Prisoners in Great Britain

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The photographs which are reproduced in this volume were taken in response to a request made by the American Ambassador in Berlin. They were originally designed to form part of the Wurtemberg War Exhibition, and were actually taken by the photographic section of the Royal Flying Corps.

It should be understood that the prisoners were left entirely free to choose whether they would be photographed or not. The photographers had explicit instructions that no prisoner was to be photographed without his consent, and that neither compulsion nor persuasion was to be employed to induce anyone to form part of a group. These instructions were strictly carried out, and it is significant of the readiness with which the prisoners allowed themselves to be photographed that repeated requests were received by the authorities that copies of the photographs should be placed on sale in the camps.

The photographs which appear in this book cover six of the largest prisoners' camps in Great Britain--Donington Haller, Alexandra Palace, Dorchester, Handforth, Lofthouse Park, and Eastcote. They illustrate nearly every aspect of life in the camps, and show that the excellence of the conditions under which the prisoners live are in striking contrast with the régime which obtains in many of the prisoners' camps in Germany. It is only necessary to recall the horrors of a Wittenberg or a Gardelegen to appreciate the admirable organisation of the prisoners' camps in Great Britain.

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