Rees, Simon
May 2007
Military History;May2007, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p46
The article discusses the conditions of German and Axis prisoners of war (POW) during World War II. occupying troops. Under the 1929 Geneva Convention, POW were entitled to a diet equivalent to that of the occupying troops. Given the circumstances in Europe at the end of the war, however, a 2,000-calorie diet, the recommended daily minimum, would have been impossible to maintain. The Soviet regime of Josef Stalin was ill-equipped to deal with POW and death rates among POW reached 60%. INSET: Geneva Conventions 101.


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