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Letters From Captivity: The First World War Correspondence of the German Prisoners of War in the United Kingdom

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Author(s): Feltman, Brian K.
Feltman, Brian K. - Letters From Captivity: The First World War Correspondence of the German Prisoners of War in the United Kingdom Keywords: correspondence | First World War | German prisoners | letters from captivity | Mecklenburgischer Hilfsverein | surrender | UK ISFWWS-Keywords: Prisoners of War | Germany | Literature | Masculinity | Home fronts | Published memoirs and biographies Abstract: This study aims to contribute to the growing field of scholarship concerned with the cultural implications of surrender and wartime captivity by shedding light on the war's prisoners through an examination of the correspondence written by German prisoners held in the UK from 1914-1919. Regardless of rank, all of the German prisoners of the British lived their lives in captivity according to established guidelines. Even in initial letters from captivity, prisoners o…