Prisoners of war in World War Two
During the war, 3.3 out of the 5.7 million captured Soviet soldiers died in German POW camps. In contrast, among the 232 thousand Allied POWs “a mere” 8,348 did not return home from German captivity.
Franz von Werra was the only Axis POW who managed to escape a Canadian POW camp. Werra arrived in Germany via USA, Mexico, South America and Spain and returned to the Luftwaffe.
In 1940, while digging a tunnel from their prison located in Colditz Castle, British army officers ended up in a German lieutenant’s wine cellar. After drinking 137 bottles of wine they urinated into the emptied bottles and replaced them on the rack.
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