- Hardcover: 295 pages
- Publisher: Phelps County Historial Soc; 1st edition (July 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0929115007
- ISBN-13: 978-0929115009
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,630,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Prisoners on the Plains 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
It's been said that the safest and best place for a German male between the ages of 14 and 60 during WWII was in an American Prisoner of War camp. This is undoubtedly true as the book points out that many of these German prisoners came back to the U.S. after the war to raise their families. They had learned first hand how democracy works because even as prisoners they were paid a small amount in script for their work. The camps were almost entirely self sufficient, with the P.O.W.s running their own dining halls, laundries, bakeries, etc. The script they earned was redeemable at their own canteens in the camps whereby they could purchase items for personal use. I never knew what a valuable service these captured enemy soldiers did for our country until I read "Prisoners On The Plains." Without their efforts, the U.S. farmers would have been hard pressed to raise and harvest their crops. As a general rule, the farm community gave high praise to the P.O.W.s as workers. Farmers often invited the P.O.W.'s to share meals with their families, which was against Army regulations.
Everyone interested in U.S. history should read this book. It is a real "eye opener"!