Think of a prisoner of war camp and the image of Steve McQueen, spirited British soldiers and imaginative escape plans spring to mind. But during the Second World War, Huntingdonshire was home to a number of camps where, as ROBERT WILLIAMS discovered, things were very different. MORE than 60 years may have passed since the end of the Second World War, but the legacy of the conflict still lives on in Huntingdonshire. Despite the distance between the front lines and the county, for some, the enemy was at the gate, housed in the prisoner of war camps in St Neots, Sawtry and Warboys. Both Italian and German prisoners were brought to Huntingdonshire, but their legacy here was not simply restricted to that of the enemy. Some prisoners mixed with the community, attended churches and even made friends with the people they were at war with. St Neots was the site of two prisoner of war camps. Beeson House and Wisteria House were both on Huntingdon Street. Beeson was the camp for Germans, Wisteria was provided for the Italians. Despite being prisoners of war, the locals and the prisoners - at least at some levels - were allowed to interact. Jean Hawkins, who lived in St Neots at the time, remembers a man called Günther Mechau. He had been a prisoner at Beeson House where he was also the postman. Mrs Hawkins met him while working at the sorting office as postal and telegraph officer. Günther was also a regular at the same church.