At the end of World War II, many German military units tried to avoid Soviet captivity by turning west and surrendering to western allied forces.
While a simple request to the German Red Cross (Suchdienst) will often result in detailed information on Soviet captivity, tracing POW of the British forces can be cumbersome.
While the National Archives provides an overview on Prisoners of war in British hands, they have only limited resources for world war II and refer to other institutions like “local archives” and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The Red Cross has suspended it’s world war II research for conservation purposes. Can I assume that they have substantial resources on German POW in British captivity? How do I move on without the ICRC, when I have no details on the suspected British captivity?