Exceptions prove the rule and I can think of a number of exceptions.....not as simple as the post suggests. i don't think Vitesse was being simplistic, but referring to a number of clues, taken within a certain context, and issued in standard formats known to be codes (as stated: "couple any of those with..."). Obits have become more candid about sexual proclivities in recent years. i'm glad that there seems to have been a shift of sorts , that perhaps we'll see neither as much tip-toeing around the fact nor as much sensationalism. in other words, just so. Re the POW camps, having been in a relationship where it was long distance for a couple of years I can honestly state that the heart grew fonder and I longed to be with her while we were apart. I just can't see a situation where men would turn homosexual just because they spent a number of years in a camp - no pun intended. Plus, as has been stated. Such were the appalling conditions and treatment that the main focus probably was survival. i would imagine for most sex of any kind was never going to be on the agenda, when survival and sanity were tantamount, but it happened surely as per Drew's link. Perhaps we are concentrating too much on this particular facet, the camps that is but i can't justify an argument for a separate case other than this was in the main a closed community. i don't mean that by being in a camp there was more temptation rather perhaps more despair and isolation, and i'd equally argue that experiencing a homosexual act doesn't automatically turn one into a homosexual. i realise that this has a wide scope as a topic, and am grateful that the thread keeps moving on, but i'm more interested in how homosexuals were treated by the military machine in WW2 and how they (and others who knew them at the time) felt about that treatment.