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Prisoners of War

Page 11 – Further information

This web feature was written by Megan Hutching and Ian McGibbon and produced by the NZHistory team.


  • D.O.W. Hall, Prisoners of Germany, Prisoners of Italy, Prisoners of Japan, (all 1949), Escapes (1954) - a series of small booklets published by the War History Branch
  • W.W. Mason, Prisoners of war (1954) – a volume of the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War series. You can see a digitised version of this book at the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection website.
  • D. McGill, P.O.W.: the untold stories of New Zealanders as prisoners of war (1987) - an unofficial account of prisoners’ experiences

Personal and biographical accounts

  • James Bertram, Shadow of a war (1947)
  • John Broad, Poor people, poor us (1945)
  • James Caffin, Partisan (1945), about John Denvir
  • Ernest Clarke, Over the fence is out (1965)
  • George Clifton, The happy hunted (1952)
  • M. Elliot, Vasili: the lion of Crete (1987), about Dudley Perkins
  • D. Filer, 'Prisoners of War', in Ian McGibbon (ed.), The Oxford companion to New Zealand military history (2000), pp. 430-3
  • Jim Henderson, Gunner inglorious (1945, but often reprinted)
  • Lionel Hudson Rats of Rangoon (1987)
  • Malcolm Mason, The way out (1946)
  • F.N. Millar, The 'Signor Kiwi' saga (1993)
  • J. Sanders, Venturer courageous: Group Captain Leonard Trent V.C, D.F.C. (1983)
  • K. Sandford, Mark of the lion: the story of Capt. Charles Upham, V.C. and Bar (1962)
  • Arch Scott, Dark of the moon (1985)
  • W.B. Thomas, Dare to be free: one of the greatest true stories of World War II (2001)
  • Claude Thompson, Into the sun (1996)
  • R.H. Thomson, Captive Kiwi (1964)
  • Peter Winter, Free lodgings (1993)

For a list of camps in Germany and German-occupied territories, with the names of New Zealanders kept in each camp, see this Zenodo resource compiled by Auckland War Memorial Museum. See also the Cenotaph records for all New Zealand POWs.

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