Figure 2-9. Typical Camp Area.
Prisoner of war (POW) camp (Figure 2-10). In a conventional conflict, POW
camps are usually fenced or walled areas, with the appearance of self-contained
miniature military camps. They are well isolated from surrounding facilities to discourage
escape; furthermore, they are located well in the rear of the main line of resistance.
(1) Guard towers are an invariable indication of POW camps. These towers are
spaced at regular intervals along the perimeter of the installation. Normally, every corner
of the enclosure will mount a guard tower.
(2) The POWs living quarters present the same appearance as standard
barracks and are likely to be lined up in much the same manner. A distinguishing feature
is the considerable area between the barracks and the fences or walls. Open areas within
the compound are used for lineups and exercise areas. Auxiliary buildings found just
outside the compound may include hospitals, supply buildings, and so on. They can be
identified only by their proximity to the compound, because they are probably converted
barracks and present the same appearance on aerial photos as do the buildings within the