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As the weather improves, we are all starting to spend more time outdoors. The prisoners at Raikeswood Camp also took advantage of the warmer, sunnier spring months as an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air: “Das lachende Frühjahrs- und Sommerwetter riß uns aus der Enge und Gebundenheit des Winters und...

It’s three weeks until the UK’s next General Election, and the newspapers are full of commentary on the various parties and their merits or defects. The German prisoners at Skipton were also able to get a sense of the political lie of the land from the media: sections of the Kriegsgefangen diary...

Easter and April Fools’ Day fell close together in 1918.  If you’re an April Fools’ Day enthusiast, you might be interested by some of the tricks played by the prisoners in the Raikeswood camp… “Das Osterfest am 31. März lag im Glanz der deutschen Siegesnachrichten.  Ein Gottesdienst im Raume A...

It seems that tempestous weather around Easter is nothing new to the Yorkshire Dales. The passage below comes from the early pages of the diary, in which the newly arrived prisoners describe the camp and its general condition. Der Prisoner hatte Verständnis dafür, dass der blaue Himmel nicht gerne auf Britannia...