After reading the news story first on facebook, then here. I have some thoughts to share.
1) i have read many first hand accounts of Canadians being held as pows, not an easy time.
Germans exucuted pows for escape attemps, for any reason including just not wanting to deal with having pows to take care of. POWS were forced to march or herded in closed rail cars and not fed or watered or any medical attention
No bathrooms on a cattle car for people or privacy.
Forced labour in mines etc, handcuffed for hours each day as a form of pay back . Life was not always great for Canadian POWs in the hands of the German.
2) Canadian POWs in the Pacific, faced daily torture, no food, or food shortages, no medical treatments, daily beatings, forced physical labour, human medical test subjects, forced death marches. No red cross interventions
3) Korea conflict pows were treated no better.
Personally was picked to attend the training camp for A-stan as civilie, they had a lecture on being captured, what might happen to us, rape, torture, beheadings or something worse.
I think it was only good guess work, nothing concrete was known as what might or would happen if taken.
This sort of training should not be conducted at unit level, it would lack the experts and knowledge, and lack the control factors.
This sort of training requires medical persons to conduct interviews and give medical aid if there is a breakdown
Requires experts in knowing limits before breaking a person. Also requires help in rebuilding a person at end of exercise.
But this sort of training is important if done right.
Sounds like this training was not well planned or supervised.
Just my personal thoughts right or wrong