Prisoners of the British: Internees and Prisoners of War during the First World War

Author(s): Michael Foley 

ISBN: 9781781554791
£13.29 £18.99
A fascinating examination of the supposed British sense of fair play towards friend or foe, ally or enemy.
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  • War often brings out the worst in those taking part; it also had the same effect on many of the British public and led to widespread violence on the streets

  • A time when neighbours often became seen as the enemy and were treated accordingly

  • Answers the age-old problem of what to do with enemy soldiers taken prisoner during a war

  • German prisoners of war were often better fed than the British public

Much of what has been written about the treatment of prisoners of war held by the British suggest that they have often been treated in a more caring and compassionate way than the prisoners of other countries. During the First World War, Germans held in Britain were treated leniently while there were claims of British prisoners being mistreated in Germany. Was the British sense of fair play present in the prison camps and did this sense of respect include the press and public who often called for harsher treatment of Germans in captivity? Were those seen as enemy aliens living in Britain given similar fair treatment? Were they sent to internment camps because they were a threat to the country or for their own protection to save them from the British public intent on inflicting violence on them?

Prisoners of the British: Internees and Prisoners of War during the First World War examines the truth of these views while also looking at the number of camps set up in the country and the public and press perception of the men held here.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554791
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 208 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 December 2015
ILLUSTRATIONS 40 black-and-white photographs



Michael Foley spent much of his career teaching in inner city primary schools before becoming a full-time carer to his disabled twin grandsons. It was then that he began to write professionally and has published over twenty–two books on various subjects as well as numerous articles and short stories in magazines. He lives with his wife and one of his grandchildren in Essex.