1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 6, 2021 10:54 AM by Jason Atkinson Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Location of WW1 Prisoner of War statements?

    Chance Spencer Wayfarer

      Do you know where these POW transcripts are located? Looking for a statement from my 2nd Great Grandfather  who was an American POW in Germany in 1918.

        • Re: Location of WW1 Prisoner of War statements?
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Spencer,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog but we were unable to locate any record series that contained statements, interviews or debriefs of former prisoners of war from WWI.   We did locate the series Correspondence Relating to American Prisoners of War in Germany, 1918 - 1919 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) but although there are lists of prisoners, most of the records consist of general administrative matters.  We also located Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917 - 1919 in Record Group 120 that includes records related to downed U.S. airmen. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, has a collection of veteran questionnaires that includes some accounts of former prisoners of war  relating to their experiences during WWI.


          Accounts of individual POW experiences from WWI are sometimes contained in personal recollections such as memoirs and letters reproduced in newspapers. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers provides information about accessing historic newspapers.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!