One type of prisoner of war uniform is the light-coloured shirt with the black diamond patch on the back and the light-coloured trousers with black stripes down the outside leg. This uniform can be found in the photographic records:
Camp 306 Geneifa Egypt ICRC V-P-HIST-00849-01
Zonderwater South Africa:
Inauguration of Post Office Zonderwater ICRC V-P-HIST-03363-19A
Bangalore Camp 2 India:
Bangalore Camp 2 ICRC V-P-HIST-03474-19A
Cowra, NSW. 1944-02-03. Italian prisoners-of-war from No. 12 Prisoner-of-War Camp using a heavy duty pulley block and tackle to pull down a large tree in a paddock near the camp. (AWM Image 064137, photographer Geoffrey McInnes)
one uniform has survived the passing of time. The uniform was saved from a bonfire of disposal prisoner of war uniforms by a camp guard. It is now in the hands of Anthony who has graciously shared photos.
Prisoner of War Uniform: Trousers (photo courtesy of AC)
Prisoner of War Uniform: Jacket (photo courtesy of AC)
Anthony has also shared photographs of Prisoner of War Capture Tags. Printed by the US Government February 1942, they raise the question:
Was a similar tag used for those Italian prisoners of war captured 1940 and 1941? Looking through archived photos of Italians captured at Sidi el Barrani, Bardia, Tobruk and on the move in Palestine, no capture tags are seen. Did the British forces in Libya, Eritrea and Ethiopia use capture tags?
It would be interesting to know if any Italians wrote about the capture tags in their journals or memoirs.
Prisoner of War Capture Tags US Government Issue
(photos courtesy of AC)
Very interesting, thank you