The untold story of life in the allied camps under the
Sean Londgen has conducted numerous interviews and
reveals a new perspective on life under the Nazis that has
long been forgotten and replaced by the myth of Colditz
and The Great Escape.
Between 1939 and 1945 almost 200,000 British and
Commonwealth Servicemen were held as Prisoners of War
in Germany. Every Allied soldier under the rank of Sergeant
was forced to work 12 hour shifts, six days a week, cutting
timber, quarrying stone, carving ice from frozen rivers and
clearing bombsites. It drove the soldiers to the brink, in
which survival was a daily trial. Many starved to death or
died from disease, others were killed in accidents or at the
hands of their guards.
Sean Longden studied history at University. He has conducted hundreds of interviews with servicemen. He is also the author of the acclaimed To the Victor the Spoils and Hitler's British Slaves.