"There were insufficient American guards, especially German speakers. They mostly supervised the German officers and NCOs who strictly maintained discipline.:33–34 The Germans woke their own men, marched them to and from meals, and prepared them for work; their routine successfully recreated the feel of military discipline for prisoners.:34 Prisoners had friendly interaction with local civilians and sometimes were allowed outside the camps without guards on the honor system:104,223 (Black American guards noted that German prisoners could visit restaurants that they could not because of Jim Crow laws.:52–53), luxuries such as beer and wine were sometimes available, and hobbies or sports were encouraged. Alex Funke, a former POW at Camp Algona, wrote: "We all were positively impressed" by the U.S. and that "We all had been won over to friendly relations with" the U.S.Indeed, unauthorized fraternization between American women and German prisoners was sometimes a problem. Several camps held social receptions with local American girls, and some Germans met their future wives as prisoners." wiki
Well, pilgrims. I find this interesting. This could not be more different from the situation in the Borg/jihadi wars of the last 20 years.
My father was an officer in the US Army Service Forces in WW2. (logistics and base operations in CONUS) until he started training to be a military government official in Germany. He was stationed at several posts that had German POWs confined there. I found them fascinating. I watched them march to and from work singing in four part harmony. Their officers and NCOs marched them. They did the gardening around on-post housing. I often went out to watch them work and talk to them. My mother hated that, but then, she was a person of simple hatreds. The US MP guards watched but did not interfere. These prisoners were veterans of Panzerarmee Afrika, all captured at the surrender in Tunisia.. They told me so. A lot of them spoke excellent English, usually with a British accent that they had learned in school. There were a lot of family men who missed their children.
I find it particularly interesting that a few volunteered to fight Japan and that OKW arranged through the ICRC for them to receive constructive credits at German Universities for the courses that they taught each other.
A different world. pl