German prisoners of war in Moscow (1944) Approximately 3 million German prisoners of war were captured by the USSR during WWII, most of them during the great advances of the Red Army in the last year of the war. The POW were employed as forced labor in the USSR wartime economy and post war reconstruction. By 1950 almost all had been released, in 1956 the last surviving German POW returned home from the USSR

German prisoners of war in the Soviet Union - A victory at that moment but the future treatment by the Russians is inexcusable.

Emaciated British prisoners of war in a Japanese hospital for prisoners of war at Nakom Paton, Thailand.

Emaciated British prisoners of war in a Japanese hospital for prisoners of war at Nakom Paton, Thailand. The Japanese were more brutal than the Germans.

Napoleonic Prisoner of War Bone Model of a 78 Gun Ship (1700 to 1900	 Anglo French ). Bone, horse hair, metal pins

Napoleonic Prisoner of War Bone Model of a 78 Gun Ship to 1900 Anglo French ).

Lt. Colonel Robert L. Stirm was one of the 591 American prisoners of war who were returned during Operation Homecoming in 1973. This famous Pulitzer Prize-winning shot was taken by Sal Veder, and is known as “Burst of Joy”. It came to symbolize the end of the United States involvement in Vietnam.

10 People’s Lives in Famous Photographs joy at that moment but great sadness lay behind it

Put up such a fight in captivity, Viet Cong executed him out of frustration. He was last heard singing “God Bless America”. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor

Captain Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace put up such a fight in captivity, Viet Cong executed him out of frustration. He was last heard singing “God Bless America”. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor

1945: Prisoners of War from the Allied forces eating food after being liberated from a Japanese Prisoner of War camp in Taiwan

Surviving the horrors of Japan's WW2 camps

Prisoners of War from the Allied forces eating food after being liberated from a Japanese Prisoner of War camp in Taiwan (Formosa). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) - My paternal uncle had been a POW in a Japanese camp

Ruth Beeley: St George's School, Hertfordshire England 2011. Sketchbook page for A Level Art Coursework final artwork, exploring the theme of war. Prisoners of war are depicted using biro pen on an ink and acrylic background.

War: A Personal Connection (A Level Art)

Ruth Beeley: St George's School, Hertfordshire England Sketchbook page for A Level Art Coursework final artwork, exploring the theme of war. Prisoners of war are depicted using biro pen on an ink and acrylic background.

Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war via TED. This is the rest of the story. 200 million natives were killed by the Spanish and European and they took the sacred land.

Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus.

A map hidden inside of a deck of cards. During World War II, the United States Playing Card Company joined forces with American and British intelligence agencies to create a very special deck of cards. This deck was specifically created to help Allied prisoners of war escape from German POW camps. These decks when places in water could be peeled apart to reveal a hidden map.

A map hidden inside of a deck of cards. During World War II, the United States Playing Card Company joined forces with American and British intelligence agencies to create a very special deck of.

Elmira Prison was a prisoner-of-war camp constructed by the Union Army in Elmira, New York, during the American Civil War to house captive Confederate soldiers.  Elmira Prison has been compared to its Southern counterpart, Andersonville, due to the high death rate. However, the Elmira camp was much better supplied and prepared for prisoners than Andersonville would have been at the same time, leaving in question why so many men died at Elmira.

Confederate monument Elmira, NY: Elmira Prison was a prisoner-of-war camp constructed by the Union Army in Elmira, New York, during the American Civil War to house captive Confederate soldiers. Where my gggrandfather Abraham Winkler is buried.

US Slave: Ghosts of Andersonville's Prisoner of War Camp

Andersonville Prison - A Confederate prison in Georgia during the Civil War. It housed Union prisoners of war even though it was only build for The conditions were so horrid 100 men a day died during the summer months. Many were starved to death.

Isabelle Perico Enjady, Chiricahuah Apache Prisoner Of War, 1886-1914

Isabelle Perico Enjady, Chiricahuah Apache Prisoner Of War, 1886-1914

Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war. Huey uses photography to build awareness about important social issues.

PLEASE, WATCH Aaron Huey's TED talk, photographs & historical timeline documenting heart wrenching truth of America's native prisoners of war, Lakota of Pine Ridge.

Elizabeth Burgin was an American patriot during the Revolutionary War. Burgin brought food to prisoners of war housed on British prison ships in New York Harbour. She was credited with helping over 200 of these prisoners to escape the ships in 1778. The British offered £200 (at the time equivalent to about 20 years' pay for a British soldier) for her capture. She was not apprehended, but most of her possessions were confiscated and sold.[1] She was later awarded a pension by the Continental…

Spies in the American Revolution During the Revolutionary War, women applied the traditional skills they learned as homemakers to espiona.

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