Albert Rhys Williams was an American journalist and author. In 1914, Williams travelled to Europe as the special war correspondent for Outlook magazine, tasked with the duty of reporting the events of the Great War.
In these early days of the conflict, Williams had the misfortune to fall into the hands of the Imperial German Army. He was arrested in Belgium and marched into captivity on the suspicion that he was a British spy.
On his return to the United States, Williams published In the Claws of the German Eagle in 1917. This fascinating book details Williams’ experiences both at the front and in German captivity and provides a rare opportunity to discover the events as they unfolded behind the German lines.
KAISER’S CAPTIVE In the Claws of the German Eagle
The author of this unusual book, Albert Rhys Williams, was a neutral American journalist arrested by the Germans as they occupied Belgium in 1914 on the outbreak of the Great War on suspicion of being a British spy. On his release he published this book about his captivity just as the US entered the war.