Source: Backhaus, Die Kriegsgefangenen in Deutschland, Photo 206, 1915, 102.

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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  • A large assembly of Russian prisoners from the four corners of the tsarist empire pose outdoors for a photograph in the compound at Sprottau near the perimeter fence. German victories in the Battle of Tannenberg and the offensive in Russian Poland resulted in a large influx of Russian POW's into Sprottau. Many of these men would remain behind barbed-wire for years after the end of the war as a result of the Russian Civil War. Source: Backhaus, Die Kriegsgefangenen in Deutschland, Photo 206, 1915, 102.