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The British Empire and Its Italian Prisoners of War, 1940-1947
     

The British Empire and Its Italian Prisoners of War, 1940-1947

by B. Moore, K. Fedorowich
 

During the Second World War, British and Imperial forces captured more than half a million Italian soldiers, sailors and airmen. Although a symbol of military success, these prisoners created a multitude of problems for the authorities throughout the war. This book looks at how the British addressed these problems and turbaned liabilities into assets by using the

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During the Second World War, British and Imperial forces captured more than half a million Italian soldiers, sailors and airmen. Although a symbol of military success, these prisoners created a multitude of problems for the authorities throughout the war. This book looks at how the British addressed these problems and turbaned liabilities into assets by using the Italians as a labor force, a source of military intelligence and as a political warfare tool before their final repatriation in 1946-47.

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The capture of half a million Italian prisoners by the British military during WWII offered both problems and opportunities in the larger prosecution of war aims. Moore (history, U. of Sheffield, UK) and Fedorowich (British Imperial history, U. of the West of England, UK) examine the situation from the pre-war planning to the post- armistice attempts to make them cooperate with the continuing war against Germany. Chapters look at their initial capture in North Africa, the controversial decision to disperse the prisoners across the Empire, the interrogation of prisoners to gain military and political intelligence, and the use of POWs for propaganda purposes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333738924
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Studies in Military and Strategic History Series
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.04(d)

Meet the Author

Bob Moore is Reader in Modern History at the University of Sheffield.

Kent Fedorowich is Senior Lecturer in British Imperial History at the University of West of England, Bristol.

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