The picture on the front cover shows the site of one of these prisoner of war camps, at Ladmanlow, looking from Axe Edge across to Grin Low and Solomon’s Temple. The second camp was at Peak Dale. The camps were set up in 1917 to provide volunteer prisoner of war labour to work in the adjacent limestone quarries at a time when acute labour shortages had been created by the loss of manpower to the armed forces. Limestone and lime were important supplies for a range of wartime materials. In addition to the local details of these camps, the book touches on of the Spanish Flu epidemic, International Treaties that set out the rules for the use of prisoner of war labour, the inspection of the camps by neutral observers and the exhumation and reburial of German Prisoners at the German War Cemetery in Cannock Chase. From Red Cross records, information was obtained on the some of the prisoners who worked at the camps.

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