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The Im­pe­rial War Mu­se­ums’ PoW records guide is found at bit.ly/1duqzaZ. The mu­seum also pre­serves di­aries, jour­nals, let­ters, pho­tos and recorded in­ter­views, many of which can be ex­plored via the on­line cat­a­logue ( iwm.org.uk/col­lec­tion­sre­search).

Lams­dorf Re­mem­bered ( lams­dor­fre­mem­bered.co.uk) is built around So­journ in Sile­sia by for­mer Ir­ish Guard Arthur Charles Evans, re­count­ing his PoW ex­pe­ri­ences in Sta­lag VIIIB. It links to var­i­ous other in­ter­est­ing web­sites, in­clud­ing a chill­ing de­scrip­tion of the in­fa­mous Lams­dorf Death March of March 1945 ( buck­den­pike. co.uk/lams­dorf­march.html). A New Zealand his­tory site also has a sec­tion on Se­cond World War PoWs, in­clud­ing di­ary en­tries record­ing a 962-kilo­me­tre forced march. Find it at: nzhis­tory.net.nz/war/ se­cond-world-war/pris­on­ers- of-war. For an in­sight into the ex­pe­ri­ences of Amer­i­can air­men, there’s the PoW Re­search sec­tion of the 392nd Bomb Group ( b24.net). It boasts the “in­ter­net’s largest and most com­plete re­search on the WWII PoW Sta­lag Lufts in Europe”, fo­cus­ing on the seven Ger­man Sta­lag Lufts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7a, 13d and 17b.

There are many more sites ded­i­cated to ar­eas and in­di­vid­ual camps, in­clud­ing sta­lag-viiib.com; the ex­cel­lent Sta­lag Luft I On­line ( merkki.com), which has sto­ries, pho­tos and in­for­ma­tion about this PoW camp in Barth, Ger­many; the dated Sta­lag VIII-B dis­cus­sion board ( disc. your­we­bapps.com/ Indices); PoW Tai­wan ( pow­tai­wan.org); sta­lag18a.org.uk; plus there’s the RAF Es­cap­ing So­ci­ety Mu­seum ( rafinfo.org.uk/rafescape/rafes­mus.html), and the Na­tional ex-Pris­oner of War As­so­ci­a­tion ( pris­onerofwar.org.uk).

At nfb.ca/film/war_s­tory, you can watch the 1981 docu­d­rama A War Story – based on the di­aries kept by Cana­dian doc­tor Ben Wheeler dur­ing his in­tern­ment in a Ja­panese PoW camp in the Se­cond World War – com­pris­ing news­reel footage, in­ter­views and re-en­act­ments. There’s also the Al­lied PoWs Un­der the Ja­panese site ( mansell.com/powindex.html) and PoW Re­search Net­work Ja­pan ( powre­search.jp/en).

Fi­nally, while the fo­cus here is pris­on­ers of the Se­cond World War, it’s worth vis­it­ing the Pris­on­ers of the First World War site at grandeguerre.icrc.org to ex­plore ar­chives pre­served by the Red Cross.

This New Zealand his­tory site has a sec­tion on re­search­ing PoWs in WW2

The Im­pe­rial War Mu­se­ums’ guide to find­ing pris­oner of war records

Branch out with the ICRC ar­chives guide to First World War PoWs

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