Article

Allied Special Forces and Prisoner of War Recovery Operations in Europe, 1944–1945

Citation

Wylie N (2017) Allied Special Forces and Prisoner of War Recovery Operations in Europe, 1944–1945. Journal of Military History, 81 (2), pp. 469-489. http://www.smh-hq.org/jmh/jmhvols/812.html

Abstract
This article investigates the efforts made to protect prisoners of war (POWs) in German hands at the end of the Second World War. Challenging contemporary and historical judgments, it argues that Allied plans were reasonable, realistic, and reflected a widespread belief in the importance of protecting the lives and well-being of Allied POWs. Although only two operations were ultimately mounted, the process of raising and equipping specialized recovery units provided a valuable learning experience for Allied planners, which later went on inform recovery operations in the Pacific, and set a precedent that arguably extends to influence attitudes towards POW recovery today.

Journal
Journal of Military History: Volume 81, Issue 2

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Nottingham
Publication date30/04/2017
Publication date online01/04/2017
Date accepted by journal25/11/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27973
Publisher URLhttp://www.smh-hq.org/jmh/jmhvols/812.html
ISSN0899-3718