WWII POW Experiences
Personal Accounts and Testimonies from WWII POWs

Prisoner of War Experience


While part of the 51st Highland Division, Ark Force, escaped capture at St Valéry and returned with the reformed 51st Highland Division to continue the war in North Africa and Europe for many their war would continue in captivity for the next five years. Some would escape, some successfully other to be recaptured, others would die in capacity while many would have to endure varying prisoner regimes before finally being repatriated at the end of the war. There are many personal tales to be told and this section of the web site can do no more than shed a little light on some of them.

This map, published in June 1944 by The Red Cross & St.John War Organisation, shows a map of Principle Camps for British & Dominion Prisoners of War in Europe.

Map of POW camps, 1944

Map of POW camps in Europe

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The Prisoner of War Experience
Personal Accounts from men of the 51st Highland Division

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