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

Much of what has been written about the treatment of prisoners of war held by the British in various conflicts point to the belief that they have often been treated in a more caring and compassionate way than the prisoners of other countries. This was seen as especially true in the First World War as to how British prisoners were treated. This would seem to point out that Germans held in Britain were treated leniently while there were claims of British prisoners being mistreated by the Germans. Was the British sense of fair play present in the prison camps and did this sense of fair play include the press and public who often called for harsher treatment of the 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. This book will examine 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.