At the October 1918 meeting of the Carmarthenshire Standing Joint Committee, Aldermen J. L. Thomas and E. B. Richards asserted that the German prisoners of war in Wales ‘constituted a very serious menace to the womanhood of this country’. The aldermen warned that German prisoners in other locations had reportedly assaulted young girls and created an atmosphere in which women were afraid to ‘move about the country where these prisoners were located’. Calling for stricter oversight, Dr J. H. Williams reinforced the aldermen's warnings and divulged his deeper concerns, cautioning, we ‘do not want any German off‐spring after these prisoners left here … if we do not try to prevent it … it will be our fault if it happens; we shall be conniving it’. The tone of the committee's discussion suggested that it feared German offspring would result from sexual assaults against British women rather than consensual relationships. Nonetheless, the Carmarthenshire aldermen believed they were responsible for protecting their country's womanhood, and authorities across Britain were equally concerned with preventing more amicable interactions between German prisoners and British women on the home front.Although it is impossible to determine with any degree of certainty, the German prisoners held in
Gender & History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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