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Fascinating stories of a little-known WWII subject,
This review is from: Prisoner of War Camps in Britain During the Second World War (War in Britain) (Paperback)
I read a review of this in a local newspaper which made me want to discover more. I found it fascinating, not just the details about the individual camps and what's happened to them since but the stories of those who lived there, including Bert Trautmann, the Manchester City goalkeeper who played in the FA Cup Final with a broken neck - as I discovered when reading this book.
It's a ground-breaking book, as the review I read highlighted, and it surprised me that this area had not been covered before, especially as it's so interesting. A zoo I used to play in when I was a child, Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, used to be a PoW camp, I never knew that and that's why I loved this book, I discovered so many interesting facts. It's not just a listing of camps, the writing and stories really brought it to life. I was very surprised to learn that many prisoners returned after the war to help out at the farms where they were made to work as prisoners and that any British woman marrying a PoW during or immediately after the war would lose her British nationality. It's information like this which really brought the book to life.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2013 17:35:06 BDT
james seeley says:
Ground-breaking? I found nearly all of the facts in this book on the 2 very good websites on the subject, and in 2 previous and genuinely original books.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2013 19:46:36 BDT
Dog lover says:
It is ground-breaking which is also what the review I read about it in the newspaper said. No other books completely cover the prisoner of war camps in Britain and there were a lot of facts which I'd never read before, including about camps close to where I live and also where I grew up.
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