Just under 300,000 Allied servicemen from Britain, the Commonwealth and the United
States were captured in Europe and North Africa between 1939 and 1945. Using a wealth
of new sources and archival material, POW describes their experiences in both German
and Italian prisoner-
Prisoners’ daily lives are vividly rendered: the workings of the prison-
Everyday life is offset by high drama: the secret organizations that smuggled aid into the camps, the prisoners’ daring escape plots, sabotage plans and other resistance activities.
Adrian Gilbert brings to the fore the often forgotten voices of the prisoners to provide a compelling window on to a crucial aspect of the Second World War.
‘Gilbert is to be congratulated; with verve and scholarship he has illuminated a murky area of the Second World War…. Excellent.’
‘A big subject given a comprehensive and worthwhile examination.’
‘Touching but often amusing stories.’
'Spellbinding and overdue.'
Western Daily Press
‘One of the most compelling untold stories of the Second World War.’
‘An excellent new account of the POW experience.’