Guide for Guarding POW’s and Prisoners:

During WWII, the Allies took millions of POW’s (Prisoners of War) on all fronts. An estimated 40,000-50,000 Japanese POW’s throughout the campaigns in the Pacific and from November 1942 to May 1945, over 3 million German and Italian POW’s in Europe and the Mediterranean. Including over 250,000 German and Italians who surrendered in North Africa, 200,000 captured in Italy and over 2.8 million German POW’s taken on the Western Front.



 The US military also held prisoners taken from their own ranks. 141 American service men were executed during WWII by the US Army, one for desertion, the others for the capital crimes of murder and rape.

If you were ever curious about the “proper” way to guard prisoners, here is a simple guide that will give you all the info you’ll need. Read it carefully, it may come in handy if you have a captured German soldier or two you have to keep an eye on.

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Page 1 of Special Orders for Prisoner Guard

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Page 2 of Special Orders for Prisoner Guard

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Page 3 of Special Orders for Prisoner Guard

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Prisoner of War Mailing Envelope

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Reverse of Prisoner of War Mailing Envelope



 

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