The International Committee of the Red Cross recently published a Free, online database of WW1 prisoners of war. The ICRC WW1 PoW Database contains some 5 million records and offers exceptional insights into the conditions and circumstances of the time, period and situation.
Based on my testing of the ‘tool’, I think a few words of caution are in order:
- Be certain to read the instructions on How-to use the tool. (It might work in ‘unexpected’ ways; it did for me.) There is a nice tutorial (and it is easy to use).
- Often the print is faint; look closely at the records.
- Much of the text is in script; as always, read carefully. The script varies.
- The tool is only available in French or English; use the language you are most comfortable with…