Various Reasons

F.H. Hinsley

  • Other Losses: An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners of War after World War Two by James Bacque
    Macdonald, 252 pp, £13.95, August 1990, ISBN 0 356 19136 2

According to the dust-jacket of this book at least 750,000 German troops died of malnutrition and disease in US Army camps in North-West Europe after the end of the war, and over 250,000 in French Army camps (from about 750,000 prisoners transferred to them from US and British camps). In the text it is claimed that at least 807,190 died in the US and French camps (that is, at least ten times the number killed in combat in North-West Europe from June 1941 to April 1945) of which somewhere between 167,000 and 314,241 died in French captivity. If the higher of these last figures is deducted from 807,190, the number who died in US camps would be about 500,000 rather than at least 750,000.

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