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3 - Prisoner-of-War Resistance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 February 2022

Anoma Pieris
Affiliation:
University of Melbourne
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Chapter 3 discusses how the captive population of Germans, Italians and Japanese, their patriotism sharpened by group incarceration, railed against confinement in Australian and New Zealand’s camps. Using “escape” as its central theme, the chapter examines breakout attempts at camps in Murchison, Cowra and Featherston, offering insights into enforcement of 1929 Geneva Convention regulations for POW treatment. The chapter introduces the dodecagon-shaped POW camp as a unique design tested in Australia for the accommodation of racially different combatants and a continuation of a longer history of convictism. New Zealand’s wartime camps repurpose and adapt facilities associated with quarantine.

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The Architecture of Confinement
Incarceration Camps of the Pacific War
, pp. 84 - 115
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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