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Title:GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR : camp in England for non-commissioned officers and men [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 441
Summary: British propaganda film of the treatment of German prisoners of war at Dorchester prison camp, July 1917.
Description: The camp is mainly of wooden huts with a few permanent buildings, for German NCOs and other ranks. Roll-call is taken early in the morning by the Germans themselves. Most are wearing patched uniforms and civilian caps, and are obviously cold. New arrivals are issued with bed boards "on which to lay their mattresses". Some of the prisoners stroll about the parade ground, others are marched off to work by armed guards. They work in the carpenter's shop, loading planks, and in the bakery making their own bread. There is a library. Prisoners are allowed to keep their own rabbits. The hospital is clean with a well-equipped operating theatre. There is a chapel and a YMCA hut for the prisoners. They have their own vegetable garden and are paid for their work. Some are shown taking heavy tubs of food out from the kitchen, others lying down "enjoying a rest and a sleep after dinner". There is a playing field where the prisoners can play football. The film ends abruptly.
Production Details: Department of Information (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Young Men's Christian Association (regiment/service)
Keywords: prisoners of war, German - custody: [+] (object name)
animals, mammals: rabbit (object name)
GB, England & Dorchester, Dorset <prisoner of war camp> (geography)
propaganda, British (concept)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: English
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 768 ft; Running time: 12 mins
Notes: Summary: this is the English language version of a film intended mainly for export. See also IWM 4 and IWM 436 for comparison
Remarks: as with the two other films on the treatment of prisoners of war, a good example of the understated British approach to propaganda