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Escaping a POW Camp in the Midwest

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FJ Alaska Banner AdIf a soldier is taken as a prisoner of war, they may try to escape to freedom.  That was the case for the Germans living in this U.S. based POW camp.  However, when they escaped in the middle of Iowa, they found it was a long way back home

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