New book reveals 'horrifying' British interrogation methods of Nazi PoWs during WW II

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 10:30 hrs

A new book has revealed the horrifying interrogation methods used by Britain against Nazi PoWs (German prisoners of war) during the Second World War.

Until now, it were only the Nazis who were known for their harsh, torturous and inhumane treatment of prisoners during captivity, but it seems Britain belies the proud boast that it fought a clean war.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Scotland's new controversial book, 'The London Cage', thousands of Germans were passed through a World War II detention centre, known as the London Cage, where they were beaten, deprived of sleep and forced to assume stress positions for days at a time.

"Some were told they were to be murdered and their bodies quietly buried. Others were threatened with unnecessary surgery carried out by people with no medical qualifications. Guards boasted that they were 'the English Gestapo'," the Daily Mail quoted Scotland, as saying in the book.

According to the paper, the London Cage was part of a network of nine 'cages' around Britain run by the Prisoner of War Interrogation Section (PWIS), which came under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Military Intelligence. Several prisoners were subjected to mock executions and were knocked about by the guards. Some were apparently left naked for months at a time.

The prisoners who were thought to possess valuable information were whisked off to a top-secret unit in a row of grandiose Victorian villas in Kensington Palace Gardens, which is now home to famous billionaires, ambassadors, sultans and princes, and the estates costing over 50 million pounds, the paper quoted the book as stating.

Of 3,573 prisoners who passed through Kensington Palace Gardens, more than 1,000 were tortured and treated this way to sign confessions or give witness statements for use in war crimes prosecutions. (ANI)

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