The Italian Chapel
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Seventy years since Italian PoWs arrive in Orkney

A group of more than 1,000 Italian prisoners of war began to arrive in Orkney 70 years ago.

Captured on the World War II battlefields of northern Africa, they were about to spend the next three years of the war living in small isolated camps.

They were brought to the islands to provide labour to build a defence barrage called the Churchill Barriers.

The Italian Chapel was created from two small Nissen huts and it is for this that they are remembered today.

  • 23 Feb 2012