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Prisoner of War Working in Cranberry Marsh

Prisoner of War Working in Cranberry Marsh | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
German Prisoner of War stationed in Wisconsin Rapids working on the A.E. Bennett and Sons Cranberry Marsh. He is spraying the cranberry crop with either an herbicide or pesticide and is wearing a mask to protect his face. The POW is wearing a prisoner's uniform with the letters "P.W." on the back of his shirt.
Image ID:85230
Creation Date:1945  
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Wisconsin Rapids
Collection Name:Cranberry growing and family photographs, 1892-1948)
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 825
Original Dimensions:4 x 3 inches
Many of the cranberry marshes in the Wisconsin Rapids area received the help of prisoners of war labor in 1945. According to the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, the POW's provided a great answer to the labor shortage in the area.
Cranberry industry
Fields (Agriculture)
Pest control
Protective clothing
Land use, Rural
Prisoners of War
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Agricultural laborers
War work

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