How successful were British reprisals against German prisoners of war?
In order to regain British prisoners of war or to improve their treatment the British government threatened reprisals against German prisoners of war. This was not altogether successful as the German government would respond by threatening to exact similar or more severe reprisals against the British prisoners of war they held. This memorandum lists a number of examples of the exchanges of threats between Britain and Germany, most of which ended without success for either country. The only successes achieved by the British were when they threatened reprisals against individuals for example in the case of Captain Blaikie.
This summary was compiled by Adelaide Livingstone who was a peace campaigner born in the United States of America. She served on the Committee on the Treatment of British prisoners of war from 1915 and was part of the delegation that went to Holland from 1917-1918 to discover their treatment first hand. After the war she was part of the mission set up to trace missing soldiers in France and Flanders.