Most People In Indiana Don’t Know About Camp Atterbury, An Old German POW Camp
During World War II, between 1942 and 1946, nearly 500,000 prisoners of war from overseas would arrive in the United States. 425,000 of them were German prisoners, all detained within more than 500 POW camps situated around the US. Indiana was home to nine of them, and they were known for something special that one doesn’t exactly expect when thinking about war: empathy.
The grounds span 36,000 acres, and military personnel at the camp have not forgotten the facility’s long, honorable history. Today, soldiers work hard to become the best they can be, and the US sticks to the high standards they have held themselves to at the camp for decades now. They offer several types of military training, including but not limited to urban training, simulations, and even special ops.
If you’d like more information on the modern workings of Atterbury-Muscatatuck, visit their website. You’ll find information about visiting, current training exercises, and more.
Have you ever visited a historic prisoner of war camp? What was it like? Tell us your stories in the comments.
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