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War and WelfareBritish POW Families, 1939–45$
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Barbara Hately-Broad

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078545

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078545.001.0001

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War and Welfare

Barbara Hately-Broad

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the British government and its treatment of prisoner-of-war families during the Second World War. It raises the question of how the British government and the British public actually viewed its servicemen who had fallen into enemy hands, and establishes a general framework within which to locate government treatment of prisoner-of-war families as distinct from service families in general. The chapter examines the extremely complex relationships between the various state departments and agencies concerned with the welfare of and information relating to British prisoners of war during the Second World War to understand the relationships between servicemen's families and the state.

Keywords:   British Government, war families, government treatment, welfare, British prisoners, Second World War

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