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The Enemy Among Us - POWs in missouri During World War II (2003)
Front Cover Book Details
Genre Non-Fiction
Subject Prisoners of war - Germany - History - 20th century; Prisoners of war - Italy - History - 20th century; World War, 1939-1945 - Missouri; World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons, American
Publication Date September 2003
Format Hardcover (9.4 x 7.1 mm)
Publisher Missouri History Museum
Extras Dust Jacket; Dust Jacket Cover
Description
During World War II, more than fifteen thousand German and Italian soldiers came to Missouri. This was no invasionary force; rather these were prisoners of war, part of a flood of almost a half-million men captured and sent to the United States, held here until the end of the war.Life as a POW in the thirty camps scattered across Missouri was a surprisingly pleasant experience. The men ate well and were quartered under the same conditions as the Americans assigned to guard them, and the prisoners often enjoyed a great deal of freedom. The internees worked on local farms, often "guarded" only by a bored GI snoozing under a shade tree. They organized camp theater troupes, sports leagues, and orchestras, and some prisoners studied at the camp library for classes at the POW "university."For residents of the mostly small towns where these camps were located, the arrival of enemy POWs engendered a range of emotions - first fear and apprehension, then curiosity, and finally, in many cases, a feeling of fondness for the men they had come to know and like.
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Acquire Date 6/10/2010
Condition Fine/Fine
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Links Library of Congress
Product Details
LoC Classification D805.U5 .F44 2003
Dewey 940.54/7273/097
ISBN 9781883982492
No. of Pages 466
First Edition No
Rare No