Captured Germans

British POW Camps in the First World War

Norman Nicol

Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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When we consider prisoner of war camps in the First World War we inevitably think of those on the Continent. We seem to have forgotten that in the UK there were huge numbers of enemy combatants and alien civilians interned in camps right across the realm.

By the end of the war there were almost 500 internment camps in England and Wales, with another twenty-five in Scotland, two on the Isle of Man and one each in Ireland and Jersey. Between them they held around 250,000 individuals.
It is a dark side of history and, for reasons that have never been fully resolved, many of the locations used to intern civilians and combatants during the First World War have been lost in time – until now.

In this title, the author has, for the first time ever, tracked down the sites and history of each of these camps and all the places used for internment purposes in the UK during the First World have been brought together in one document.

As these camps were to be found in almost every region of the UK, its appeal will be equally widespread. For local and military historians, teachers, researchers and archaeologists, this book will prove of immense value.

We must also not forget that for the families of those that were interred this will also be a vital source of information that was not previously readily available. The title will be completed in time for the centenaries of the First World War.


Norman Nicol's excellent book puts these camps firmly in mind with a close look at how German POWs were treated and housed during the conflict.

- Books Monthly

This work, which interesting in its own right, is also a superb reference work for anyone undertaking research into this much overlooked subject.

- Mark Marsay, The Great War Magazine, November 2017

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