An important aspect of the impact of World War II on the American homefront that has not been widely examined is how the government handled the nearly 378,000 German prisoners of war who were incarcerated in this country. Their odyssey took them from the deserts of North Africa, the mountains of central Italy, and the hedgerows of Normandy to Florida-one of forty-five states in which POWs were lodged during the war and immediately afterwards. The story of the German prisoners remained until relatively recently a virtual terre incognito because of the low profile of POW operations during the war and because documents and papers relating to the issue are only now being declassified at the National Archives. There has been a recent spate of books and articles on the POW issue, but more regional and state-level studies are needed.
Billinger, Jr., Robert D.
"With the Wehrmacht in Florida: The German POW Facility at Camp Blanding, 1942-1946,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 58:
2, Article 5.
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