WW1 prisoner of war records now online for free!
Millions of First World War prisoner records held by the International Committee of the Red Cross have been uploaded to the web for the first time
Established in 1914, the International Prisoners-of-War Agency compiled index cards and lists to help restore contact between internees and their families (Credit: ICRC)
Records of millions of soldiers and civilians captured during the First World War have been uploaded to the web by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Available for free through a newweb portal, the vast collection provides details of people who were held in prisoner of war camps across Europe between 1914-1918.
Created by their captors, the records were submitted to the International Prisoners-of-War Agency, which was set up by the ICRC at the start of the conflict to help restore contact between prisoners and their families at home.
Researchers will generally be able to locate an index card for each individual, providing basic details about their imprisonment and reference numbers for any related documents held elsewhere in the database.
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