Lil (melliyna) wrote in little_details,

British POW Camp 1940s Germany

Setting: 1940's Germany in a POW camp for British soldiers
Searches Attempted: Various combinations of "pow british germany mistreatment" and while I think I've gotten most of the answers I want I've still got some questions and issues that I was hoping I could get some help with, mostly because this is for a fanfic (if you are interested it's based off the British TV series POW). And so, with many thanks in advance for the help:

-Historically, I know, at least according to the research I've done that if you were a British soldier captured by the Germans and weren't Jewish or otherwise considerable "undesirable" that the Nazi's would treat soldiers within the parameters of the Geneva Convention. What I want to know is - how much would mistreatment/torture have been actually occured, realistically? Would it make a difference if it was just simple, arbitrary beating up? And how much actual notice would be taken of any complaints lodged by say, the Red Cross about mistreatment/torture?
-How much freedom would a Commander of a POW camp be given in running it and the treatment of the prisoners? The books I've looked at are sketchy, but they seem to say that it depended largely on the number of escapes that the commander had/his connections within the Party as much as his own abilities. But say in relation to the Gestapo/SS - would even the most well connected Kommandant be able to say, "no, you cannot do this to Prisoner Y" without severely endangering himself?
-In the canon verse I'm working with, the British Captain leading the POW's was supposed to go to an officers camp but through an accident of paperwork, he ended up staying with the ordinary soldiers. How likely is it that someone would eventually get around to clearing up the error?
-This was the one I got stuck on (and my usual native speaker source is not available right now). What would be a common way/phrase, in German of expressing frustration/terror that someone you love/care about/respect is about to do something you consider brave but monumentally stupid (i.e. give yourself up to be killed to save the life of the man who actually did it).

Tags: ~languages: german, ~world war ii

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