Prisoners of War
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Prisoners of War

Persons with the status of combatants who fell into enemy hands during the war. Only rough estimates of the total number of prisoners of war can be given for the World War. It is assumed that some 6.6 to 8 million soldiers were taken captive, which represents at least 10% of the approximately 60 million soldiers who were mobilized during the war. By late 1918, according to statistics from the interwar period, 328,000 soldiers had been captured by the British, 350,000 by the French,…

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Hinz, Uta, “Prisoners of War”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0477>
First published online: 2015



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