Hidden Home Front: Prisoners of War - Episode 6

Thousands of German prisoners of war (POWs) were held in the rural areas of the West Midlands during the First World War.​

Many of them worked on farms and market gardens where they replaced agricultural workers who had joined the British forces.  They were remarkably well accepted by local communities.  However, towards the end of the war friction grew as food shortages increased and after the Armistice POWs were frustrated by the slow pace of repatriation.

Historian Lisa Davis of the University of Worcester explores the stories of some of the prisoners and the people of the towns and villages where they were held.

Keywords: Prisoners of War, Worcestershire, Lisa Davis, Hidden Home Front, Women, First World War, POWs, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Farming

In Worcestershire, World War 1,

Presented by:

Lisa Davis, University of Worcester

Directed by:

Sean Griffiths - ICE Productions

Produced by:

ICE Productions


Professor Maggie Andrews - Series Editor

Thanks to:

Actors: Dan Hagley, Sean Connolly, Stephan Bessant, Stuart Wishart, Jack Scott-Walker

Recorded By:

Andy Partington - Swift Audio

Assistant Camera Operator:

Production Crew: Gary Tanner and Sam Britton

Images Kindly Supplied by:

Imperial War Museum

Special Thanks to:

University of Worcester and Voices of War and Peace

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