On 9 th September 1943 the Italian armistice was signed, the POWs were handed over to the German Army.
As the film progresses it becomes clear that the social differences between the POWs are harder to overcome than those with their german captors.
Some were occupied by POWs and others by Burmese coolies.
Many POWs did not survive their imprisonment or emerged from incarceration in a terribly emaciated state.
There are several databases regarding World War II military service, including POWs and U.S. Army enlistment records.