Interrogation of German prisoners on the Italian Front in France
This photograph shows a soldier at the Front being questioned by an officer. Many Italian soldiers were sent to fight on the Western Front in France alongside French, British and American troops. An important issue during the war was the treatment of prisoners. Their rights should have been guaranteed by the second Hague Convention of 1907. For example, in the Convention it was written that soldiers and prisoners should receive the same food rations but this did not always happen. Prisoners were often ill-treated, interrogated and their human rights ignored.
- Article by:
- Heather Jones
- Life as a soldier
What was the reality for prisoners of war in World War One? Dr Heather Jones looks beyond the propaganda to consider the facts around prisoner mistreatment, labour and death rates across Europe.