both crossings of the Rhine by Allied troops, at Remagen on
March 7th, 1945 and at Wesel on March 23rd, 1945, the entire
Ruhr Area was encircled, including over 300,000 German soldiers.
number of German prisoners of war taken grew with each day of
the American advance. The three camps set up west of the
Rhine, called “Prisoner of War Temporary Enclosures (PWTE),
at Rheinberg, Remagen and Bad Kreuznach, were soon too small,
though they had been set up to accommodate 50,000 prisoners
each. 14 further PWTEs were set up.