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The Western Front in the Backyard: The Excavation of Camp Howze, American Training and German Detention in Rural Texas, 1942-1946

Author(s): Dave W Scheidecker

Year: 2013

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Summary

Created shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Camp Howze located in Gainesville, Texas served not only as a training base for American infantry and artillerymen, but also as one of the many detention centers within the United States for German prisoners of war. The base was quickly built and swiftly dismantled when the Army had no more need for the camp, although some of the buildings still stand today. Archaeological investigations of the site are focusing on defining the layout of extant features related to the barracks and housing of POWs. Camp Howze, located within a predominantly German Texas community, is contrasted with other POW and interment camps across the U.S. in order to place the site within a broader context. Ultimately, however, this study seeks to explore the unique conditions that defined the POW experience within the United States.  


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The Western Front in the Backyard: The Excavation of Camp Howze, American Training and German Detention in Rural Texas, 1942-1946. Dave W Scheidecker. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428572)


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Temporal Keywords
World War II


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 523

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America