Could you expect to be treated well? Were you likely ever to make it home again? The photos and drawings on this page give an idea of what it might have been like to be a prisoner of war – click on the photos for larger versions. For more detailed information including soldiers’ accounts read this PDF. Click here for the 1899 Hague Convention’s articles on prisoners of war.
Allied prisoners in Turkey
Men were sent to Constantinople (Istanbul) first. Some stayed there working in the docks while others were sent to work on building projects further east.
Most of the Ottoman prisoners taken at Gallipoli were sent to camps in Egypt. The drawing on the left was made by an Australian soldier and artist Ellis Silas on a ship going to Egypt. Silas was himself on the way to hospital, suffering from neurasthenia (‘shell shock’) and enteric fever.
The photos below show Ottoman soldiers after capture at Krithia (June 1915), then being allowed to bathe on the beaches, and finally on a French ship on the way to Marseilles.