Outbreak of the war
End of the war

Embarkation of Russian prisoners of war at the station of Stryj (Galicia), photo, 1915

From: Der Weltkrieg in seiner rauhen Wirklichkeit, Munich 1926, p. 408

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  • Chapter

    The Results of the Offensives and Territorial Gains

    Added to ‘effective killing’ there were the demographic consequences in the East, the consequences of industrial ‘machine warfare’ with hitherto unknown effects of mass mobilisation. This was reflected in long lists of troops both deceased and wounded, and prisoners of war. The mobile warfare also affected the civilians of these simply vast theatres of war, the various bases and the occupied areas.

  • Chapter

    The situation of prisoners of war in Austria-Hungary

    As early as late summer 1914, surprise was registered concerning the rapid rise in the numbers of prisoners of war in the 10th Department of the Austro-Hungarian War Ministry, which dealt with matters relating to soldiers captured in combat. After all, there were around 200,000 enemy soldiers in the hands of the Danube Monarchy, confronting the military authorities with new challenges.

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    War imprisonment. The right "to be treated with humanity"

    In the course of the First World War between 7 and 8.5 million soldiers are estimated to have been held prisoner. The prisoners of war, according to the Hague Land War Convention, were under special protection. In general they possessed the right to be treated with ‘humanity’. Yet despite a series of coded prohibitions and regulations, hundreds of thousands of them perished. The chances of surviving captivity varied considerably in the various countries concerned.