Naval Interrogations of PoWs in the Black Sea War, 1914 and 1916

By Toby Ewin, published August 2022


This article describes two cases where prisoners of war captured in the 1914–17 Black Sea naval conflict were interrogated. In the first case a captured Russian naval officer witnessed an operationally significant event after his interrogation, and covertly reported this via a coded letter. The second case, of an Armenian engineer, reflected a wider Russian practice of capturing and debriefing ‘Ottoman’ sailors. The article sets both cases in the wider context of Russia’s naval campaign against the Ottoman coal trade.

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Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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