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Biographies

Madame Chiang Kai-shek - Soong Mei-ling

Soong Mei-ling was the first and the most famous woman of her day to break through the barriers of traditionally male-dominated Chinese society. By using extraordinary intelligence and eloquence to charm the members of the United States Congress into giving financial support and armaments to her…

General Matthew Bunker Ridgway

Matthew Bunker Ridgway was born on the 3rd of March 1895, in Fort Monroe, Virginia. When he was a little boy, he got…

Colonel Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran, an American pilot, was best known as the wartime head of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP)…

General Curtis E. LeMay

When Curtis LeMay was four years old, he told himself that someday, when he was old and big enough, he would fly an…

General Joseph Warren Stilwell

Joseph Warren Stilwell was born on March 19, 1883, in Palatka, Florida and grew to know more about China than anyone…

General Masaharu Homma

Masaharu Homma was a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Homma commanded the Japanese…

Conflicts & Wars

World War I Western Front (1918) - Part 5

The near collapse of Italy emphasized the Allied need to co-ordinate their actions, to which end a “Supreme War Council” was created at the Rapallo Conference (5 Nov-ember 1917). The Council,…

World War I Western Front (1917) - Part 4

Political changes had considerably influenced allied strategy on the Western Front. Asquith’s British administration, which had been compelled to change from its original Liberal composition to a…

Prisons, Prisoners & Camps

Nazi Camps Detailed Explanation, Overview & Map

When the Nazi Party, led by Adolf Hitler, came to power in Germany in 1933, it wanted to set up the perfect Nazi state. The Nazis wanted to stamp out any opposition to their rule, so they set up a…

Chieti, Campo 21 (P.G. 21) Prison Camp (1942)

Campo 21 (P.G. 21) at Chieti, on the Adriatic coast near Pescara, was typical of the prison camps operated by the Italian armed forces during World War II. The camp comprised eight single-story…

Military Chaplains in the War

According to international law, chaplains are considered to be protected personnel who are not subject to internment as POW’s. They are to be…

Bicycle Camp Batavia (1942)

One of several Japanese POW camps on Java during World War II, Bicycle Camp was in Koenigs Plein (Kings Place), a suburb of Batavia (now Jakarta,…

Prisoner Accommodation

Detaining powers face many challenges when handling prisoners of war and civilian internees, not the least of which is the need to provide…

Dachau Concentration Camp (1933-1945)

As the first Nazi concentration camp, Dachau set the tone for all subsequent facilities of this type. The rationale for the establishment of the camp…

From our Library

The Stilwell Papers - 1972

The author has created the Stilwell Papers from the private diaries, notes and letters of General Joseph Stilwell (nicknamed “Vinegar Joe”). They offer an interesting perspective on the U.S. relations with China in the past and present (Nationalist…

The First World War (2009)

This book has two purposes. The first is to provide a concise narrative history of the First World War for…

Military Planes (1985)

The first aerial combats took place over France in World War I. In the earliest combats, known as dogfights,…

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The Captive Heart 1946

The Captive Heart 1946

The 1946 British war drama is about a Czechoslovak Army officer who is captured in the Fall of France and spends five years as a prisoner of war, during which time he forms a long-distance relationship with the widow of a British Army officer.
Submitted by: Tim Kirsten
20 September 2023

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