stalag

stalag

[stal-uhg; German shtah-lahk]
noun
a World War II German military camp housing prisoners of war of enlisted ranks.

Origin:
1940–45; < German, short for Sta(mm)lag(er), equivalent to Stamm cadre, main body + Lager camp

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stalag (ˈstælæɡ, German ˈʃtalak)
 
n
a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War II, esp for noncommissioned officers and other ranks
 
[short for Stammlager base camp, from Stamm base (related to stem1) + Lager camp]

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stalag
Ger. POW camp, 1940, from Ger. Stalag, short for stammlager "main camp."
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