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Prisoners of War

  • Page 1 – Prisoners of War

    They called it going 'into the bag'. During the Second World War, as many as 8000 New Zealanders were interned as prisoners of war (POWs).

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  • Page 2 – Capture

    Most of New Zealand's Second World War POWs were captured in the European theatre in the early stages of the war. Only about 100 New Zealand servicemen fell into Japanese hands

  • Page 3 – Incarceration

    The incarceration of most New Zealand army POWs began in transit camps where facilities were rudimentary in the extreme. Generally little more than holding pens, they were

  • Page 4 – Daily life

    POW camps tended to be rather bleak places. They could not, for security reasons, have trees and other greenery growing in them although many prisoners did receive seed from

  • Page 5 – The Tiki times

    The 'Tiki Times' was a hand- printed and illustrated newspaper produced weekly at prisoner of war camp E535, Milowitz, Poland from August 1944 to January 1945. Milowitz was a

  • Page 6 – Forced marches

    As the war drew to a close, POWs in the more eastern of the German camps were often gathered together at short notice and marched off under guard in a westerly direction

  • Page 7 – Camp cookers

    A reprint of an article written by John Frizell (ex-POW) about the ovens used in POW camps during the Second World War

  • Page 8 – Liberation

    The prospect of liberation was a key to POWs' morale. But a great many had no intention of passively awaiting the arrival of Allied forces, an attitude that was reinforced by

  • Page 9 – Repatriation

    Attention was given to the problem of repatriating POWs long before 1945. A New Zealand repatriation unit was established in the United Kingdom under the command of Major-

  • Page 10 – The camps

    A list of Prisoner of War Camps where New Zealand POWs were held during the Second World War

Featherston incident

  • Page 1 – Incident at Featherston

    Two kilometres north of the quiet little Wairarapa town of Featherston a small memorial garden marks the site of a riot that resulted in the deaths of 48 Japanese prisoners of

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  • Page 1 - Incident at FeatherstonTwo kilometres north of the quiet little Wairarapa town of Featherston a small memorial garden marks the site of a riot that resulted in the deaths of 48 Japanese prisoners of war

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  • Clouston, Wilfrid Greville

    Wilfrid Greville Clouston was one of the first New Zealand air aces of the Second World War. He survived the Battle of Britain only to spend the majority of the war in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

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