P.O.W. Australian Prisoners of War in Hitler's Reich

P O W Australian Prisoners of War in Hitler s Reich Australians from every field of conflict in WW found themselves as prisoners in Hitler s notorious Stalags or prisoner of war camps Whether captured merchant seamen bomber crews or soldiers taken i

  • Title: P.O.W. Australian Prisoners of War in Hitler's Reich
  • Author: Peter Monteath
  • ISBN: 9781742610085
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • Australians from every field of conflict in WW2 found themselves as prisoners in Hitler s notorious Stalags, or prisoner of war camps Whether captured merchant seamen, bomber crews or soldiers taken in North Africa or the disastrous Greek and Cretan campaigns, they were to see out the war in the heart of Hitler s Europe, their fortunes intimately connected to the fortunesAustralians from every field of conflict in WW2 found themselves as prisoners in Hitler s notorious Stalags, or prisoner of war camps Whether captured merchant seamen, bomber crews or soldiers taken in North Africa or the disastrous Greek and Cretan campaigns, they were to see out the war in the heart of Hitler s Europe, their fortunes intimately connected to the fortunes of the Reich.Most were forced to labour in factories, down mines or on the land often in conditions of enormous privation and hardship All suffered from shortages, overcrowding and the mental strain of imprisonment Some tried to escape, a few successfully, a few paying with their lives The experiences of Australian POWs in Germany has long been overshadowed by the horrors of Japanese imprisonment, yet their stories of courage, stoicism, suffering and endurance deserve to be told.Peter Monteath s fascinating narrative history is exhaustively researched, and compelling in its detailed evocation.

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    1. With this book, Peter Monteath has done the many Australian POWs - (their experiences regrettably overshadowed by their much-less-fortunate brothers, that were captured in the Pacific) - a great and well-earned service. With as much valuable knowledge, compassion, insight and humour as one could want, Monteath details the harrowing and not exactly triumphant exploits of the ANZACs who were - (much like their previous generation in the Great War) - used as little more than pawns for Churchill’s [...]

    2. P.O.W is an excellent read. The author is correct when he points out that those who were captured rarely spoke of the events that occurred whilst they were imprisoned. I know because my late father was one of those Aussie soldiers who was captured and spent four and a half years as a prisoner in Hitlers Reich and, he rarely spoke of what he endured and when he did, it was only about something that occurred that may have had some humour involved.I wish to thank Peter Monteath for his excellent re [...]

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