Like troops fighting in the battlefield, captured soldiers often suffered through deplorable conditions in the POW camps. Although taken out of the war, Canadian POWs confronted the indignity of being captured and having their freedom taken away. Their captors also often denied them the basic necessities of life, including adequate food, shelter, and medicine. The Japanese regularly tortured and intimidated the captured Canadians and deprived them of adequate rations. They also withheld medicines needed to treat the numerous diseases the POWs contracted. While better, life in German POW camps was still very difficult.