Source: Doegen, Kriegsgefangene Voelker, Photo 6, 1921, 36B.

From Pursuit of an "unparalleled opportunity": American YMCA and prisoner of war diplomacy among the Central Power nations during World War I, 1914-1923 by Kenneth Steuer

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  • This photograph shows the “tent prison” (Zeltlager) where some Allied prisoners lived during the construction of the prison camp at Guestrow during the winter of 1914–1915. The Germans expected the war to be short in duration and did not anticipate the incarceration of millions of Allied prisoners. As Entente POW's poured into Germany, the prisoners went to work constructing prison facilities. The assignment of prisoners to tents, especially during the winter, led to a number of protests from Allied governments. Source: Doegen, Kriegsgefangene Voelker, Photo 6, 1921, 36B.