Britain was also forced to deal with enemy prisoners of war on a large scale including dangerous commanders and officers from german u boats such intelligent focused highly motivated and resourceful officers were interned at dyffryn aled in north eastern wales. The situation of world war i prisoners of war in germany is an aspect of the conflict little covered by historical research however the number of soldiers imprisoned reached a little over seven million 1 for all the belligerents of whom around 2400000 2 were held by germany . Records of millions of soldiers and civilians captured during the first world war have been uploaded to the web by the international committee of the red cross icrc available for free through a new web portal the vast collection provides details of people who were held in prisoner of war camps across europe between 1914 1918. The british and french armies established prisoner of war labour companies in 1916 indeed by july of that year 50 percent of all german prisoners held by france were working for the french army either in prisoner of war labour companies in the war zone or for the army on the home front
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