British prisoners of war in Far East, WW2
Group From 1941 To 1945
During WW2 the Germans treated their British prisoners of war (POWs) quite well but those held by Japan were treated appallingly. Japan had not signed and ignored the Geneva Convention and denied any access to the Red Cross. 37% of those in Japanese POW camps died. Perhaps the worst conditions were suffered by those forced to build the Burma-Thailand railway.