I have been blessed with much luck while researching Italian Prisoners of War.
I might be researching a topic or a PWCC or a specific POW and one statement or one document will lead me to another and then another and then another.
(National Archives of Australia)
The booklet ‘ Prisoners of War Camp Order No. 13’ is one such find. Dated 18th February 1944 it contains eight parts:
- Prisoners of War Camps
- Maintenance of Discipline
- Health and Hygiene
- Communication by and with Prisoners of War
- Privileges of Prisoners of War
- Prisoners of War Awaiting Trial
- Unguarded Prisoners
The previous Prisoners of War Camp Orders No. 1 to 12 were repealed upon publication of No. 13.
The ‘History of Directorate of Prisoners of War and Internees 1939 – 1951’ is an invaluable document regarding this period of history. The report would have been compiled from numerous documents and written after 1952.
‘Prisoners of War Camp Order No. 13’ is a document written and used ‘at the time’ so its value as a primary source is important.