The Stigma of Surrender
Brian K. Feltman
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Approximately 9 million soldiers fell into enemy hands from 1914 to 1918, but historians have only recently begun to recognize the prisoner of war's significance to the history of the Great War. Examining the experiences of the approximately 130,000 German prisoners held in the United Kingdom during World War I, historian Brian K. Feltman brings wartime captivity back into focus.
Many German men of the Great War defined themselves and their manhood through their defense of the homeland. They often looked down on captured soldiers as potential deserters or cowards--and when they themselves fell into enemy hands, they were forced to cope with the stigma of surrender. This book examines the legacies of surrender and shows that the desire to repair their image as honorable men led many former prisoners toward an alliance with Hitler and Nazism after 1933. By drawing attention to the shame of captivity, this book does more than merely deepen our understanding of German soldiers' time in British hands. It illustrates the ways that popular notions of manhood affected soldiers' experience of captivity, and it sheds new light on perceptions of what it means to be a man at war.
British treatment of prisoners of war, Wilhelm von Lersner, Prisoners of war in Britain, Reichsvereinigung ehemaliger Kriegsgefangener, barbed wire disease, combat motivation in the First World War, masculinity and war, Hitler and Prisoners of War, manhood and the First World War, prisoner of war correspondence, Prisoners of war in England, gender and warfare, Dyffryn Aled in Wales, life in prisoner of war camps, prisoner of war escapes, prisoner of war camp theater, Camp Stobs in Scotland, veterans and Nazism, Prisoner of War repatriation, manhood and war, shame of surrender, surrender in the First World War, defeat of the German army 1918, nazification of veterans' associations, Volksbund zum Schutze der deutschen Kriegs und Zivilgefangenen, Donington Hall, militant masculinity, prison camp culture, Prisoner of War Homecomings, Prisoners of war in the First World War