Belgium had no
prisoners of war in its own custody.
To rebuild the
country, initially 16,000 prisoners were taken over from
the British armed forces.
These prisoners were
made to work mainly in the mines of Limburg province.
Later a further 30,700 prisoners were brought from U.S. POW camps.
They were made to
work in the mining, forestry, agriculture and mine
concentrated in the Limburg, Lüttich, Charleroi, La
Louviẻre and Borinage coal fields.
The camps of the
forestry workers were situated in the area around Ardennen
near Couvin, Ardenne, Poix-St.-Hubert,
Laroche, Vielsalm and Elsenborn.
The mine sweepers
lived in the Wenduyne and Kalmhout camps.