The prisoners' mess at Arsa
This photo shows prisoners at mealtime in the area of Arsa, in Istria, in 1918. Istria was one of the disputed areas between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and became part of Italy after the Treaty of Rapallo, in 1919. Life as a prisoner was hard, both physically and psychologically. These were soldiers who had fought against their captors in the war, and were subsequently ill-treated.
- 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.