Behind the Wire: 20th Century Prisoner of War camps

Screencapture of a digital map of the British Isles showing the locations of hundreds of prisoner of war and internment campsExplore our map of Prisoner of War & internment camps across the British Isles

When numbers were at their highest, over half a million German and Italian POWs were held in hundreds of camps across the United Kingdom, while many more were transported to other Allied nations.

This map shows the locations of POW and internment camps around the UK and Isle of Man in the 20th Century. It was created alongside our new exhibition, Great Escapes.

Discover the history of your area or explore the stories of camps featured in our new exhibition ‘Great Escapes.’

Go to the 'Behind the Wire' site