From February 1945 until the end of the war, as the Russian armies threatened the German homeland, the eastern-most POW camps were evacuated of their occupants and marched hundreds of miles westward, on foot and frequently in appalling winter conditions with little or nothing in the way of food, clothing, medical care, or shelter. Many hundreds of Prisoners of War died on "The Long March", also known as the Death March.


Prisoners during a brief respite Elderly German soldiers preparing to escort a column of prisoners A column of prisoners passing through a town Prisoners passing through a bomb-damaged town A column of British POW's, April 1945

Prisoners of War resting on a German farm