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Having been brought up on WW2 war films, several films of this genre cover prisoners of war. You get used to seeing men in battledress.

 

Over the past few years, I have seen a number of photos of British POWs in WW1. Their uniforms seem to be of a dark colour. Would it be the case that dark blue patrol jackets and parade dress trousers were supplied via the Red Cross along with khaki battledress? Their smartness is striking.

Whilst the photos are black and white, I get the impression that it was dark blue jackets rather than red coats that are being worn in the photos.

 

Here is a picture, taken from another thread which prompted this question.

 

URL from whence it was sourced:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P03236.089

 

 

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This man was captured at Ypres in October 1914. In the group photo, his cap looks too small. The jacket looks dark in the portrait photo.

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Hello,

 

In principle, POWs in Germany were issued black or blackened uniforms with a brown armband sewn on and 5 cm wide brown strips sewn along the seems of the trousers.

 

Jan

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Thanks Jan. I had assumed the trousers with different coloured seams were parade dress trousers.

 

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1 hour ago, GrenPen said:

Thanks Jan. I had assumed the trousers with different coloured seams were parade dress trousers.

 

 

If you carry out a search in this section of the forum using the terms 'POW' and 'prisoner of war' you will find many more images of the uniform concerned and further details regarding its provision.

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Your reply is noted. If you are able to assist with ' further details regarding its provision' I would be grateful, as my search returned little info, and I would like to know more with regard to the uniforms worn in prisoner of war camps in Germany.

 

Regards

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Whilst I am still not having much luck, I have been able to find the following few links which are of interest:

 

What did POW's wear - GWF thread Oct 2006

 

POW greatcoat in IWM collection

 

http://antique-photos.com/en/unidatabase/german-empire/445-pow-uniforms.html 

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, GrenPen said:

Whilst I am still not having much luck, I have been able to find the following few links which are of interest:

 

What did POW's wear - GWF thread Oct 2006

 

POW greatcoat in IWM collection

 

http://antique-photos.com/en/unidatabase/german-empire/445-pow-uniforms.html 

 

 

 

 

You have all the information there is about these uniforms. What do you need more?

 

Jan

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There's a good picture - of 21856 Private Ernest Henry Perry of the 8th Royal Berkshire Regiment - that has been added to British Army Ancestors. He is not wearing a black insert in his arm, but he is wearing a large white patch on his tunic, above his left breast pocket. Presumably it was taken not long after his capture. It got a mention on the British Army Ancestors facebook page yesterday. The writing on the patch is clear - for other photos I have seen with these patches, the markings have been hard to decipher.

I have mentioned where it can be found, but have not posted a copy of the image, as that would be a breach, and respectfully ask that the copyright is respected.

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I believe that the precise arrangements for the provision and the style of POW uniforms varied across Germany, i.e. camps in Prussia might well have made different arrangements to those in say Bavaria.  I imagine it would be necessary to research within the archives of each respective area to ascertain precise details.

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This is taken inside MUNSTER 1 POW camp. It seems to be real mishmash of different "uniforms". My gt gt Uncle Charles Davies Grenadier Guards 1st Battalion captured at First Battle of Ypres, sent this home. Thought it might be interesting to the thread. 

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