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Twenty-five New Zealanders were taken prisoner by the Ottomans during the Gallipoli campaign; 22 during the Sari Bair Offensive alone
New Zealand has a small connection to the poignant story of Anne Frank, via her father, Otto, and the merchant ship TSS Monowai
Grey woollen jacket made from an army blanket and worn by Brigadier Reginald Miles CBE DSO MC during his escape from a prisoner of war camp in Italy.
A 35mm Kodak Retina camera used in a prisoner of war camp by Gunner Wilfred (Curly) Weakly.
A prisoner of war escape pack made from parts of a battle dress uniform. The pack was made by Captain A.J. Tillick prior to departure from Oflag VIIB prisoner of war camp on 14 April 1945.
A wooden carved 32 piece chess set encased in a coconut shell handmade by Lieutenant Lancelot Hugh Herd while a prisoner of war in Changi Prison, Singapore.
A full bottle of 'Kriegie's Brew' beer from the New Zealand Ex-P.O.W. (Prisoner of War) Association's National Reunion, New Plymouth, 1971.
This plaque near State Highway 2 outside Featherston is part of a small memorial garden that marks the site where 48 Japanese prisoners of war and one guard were fatally shot on 25 February 1943. Transcript of the haiku on the plaque: Behold the summer grass All that remains of the Dreams of warriors.
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-General Howard Kippenberger late in 1944.
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 the recognition that it was a POW's duty to attempt to escape.
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 invariably overcrowded, lacked shelter, and had insufficient ablutions for large numbers of men.
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, mainly airmen or seamen attached to the Royal Navy or Royal Air Force.
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 war and one guard.
A man lies on his bunk in a hut, listening to a secret radio at Stalag 383, near Hohenfels in Germany
A list of Prisoner of War Camps where New Zealand POWs were held during the Second World War
These prisoners are packed into a cattle truck on a train being taken from Italy to Germany in September 1943
Two POWs in the library at Stalag VIIIA, near Gorlitz in Germany
First edition of the 'Tiki times' POW newspaper plus information about the editor.
Photographs of some of the bizarre entertainments performed in POW camps.
Because there was so little of it, food played a very important part in a POW's life. The International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva provided food parcels to POWs from those countries which were signatories to the 1929 Geneva Convention.