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Oflag 79 Querum, Brunswick

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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    Oflag 79 Querum, Brunswick

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Baker Peter Arthur David. Capt.
    • Brown Robert Ross Buchanan. Capt.
    • Lees Albert. 2/Lt
    • Nuttall George G..
    • Seth Ronald.
    • Smith Donald.
    • Williams Keith Henry Glyn. Capt. This page is new, as yet no names have been submitted.

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    Donald Smith

    I was amazed to see a photo of my father Donald Smith named in the photograph at Oflag 79 in 1944.

    The entry was submitted by Peter Lewis, but sadly his email does not work, and I would very much like to contact him.

    Cameron Smith

    George G. Nuttall Green Howards

    My Grandfather, Lieutenant George G Nuttall of the Green Howards was at Oflag 79, POW no 2147.

    Oflag 79

    The aircraft in which he flew home in 1945.

    James Nuttall

    Ronald Seth

    A man I met many years ago, who has since died, roused my interest and we became friends - but later we lost contact. Recently I tried his name on the internet and found a Wiki entry saying that after being recruited from the RAF by SOE, he had been captured by the German SD and 'turned' ending up as a stool pigeon in Oflag 79 for a considerable time until 1945. This is not at all what he told me, though I did get the feeling that he was rather a storyteller.

    I knew him as Ronald Seth and he wrote many books about spying after the war. I assume that if he was at Oflag 79 (or anywhere else) he wouldn't have used that name. Can anyone throw any light on this?

    Brian Russ

    2/Lt Albert Lees London Irish Rifles

    My dad was a 2nd Lt in the London Irish Rifles, part of the 1st Army in North Africa. He was captured in 1942 and eventually ended up in Oflag 79. He died in 1962 and never talked about his war experiences. I remember a story about fattening up the camp cat to eat it - but someone got there first! Does anyone remember him?

    Jenny Ford

    Capt. Robert Ross Buchanan Brown 4th City of London Yeomanry

    My father, Robert Brown was captured at the Battle of Villers Bocage, Caen and was held in Oflag 79 until his release on 12th of April 1945 by the US Ninth Army.

    6 kilometres North of Brunswick at a village or suburb called Brunswick Querum, 7 modern, 2storey barrack blocks which used to house German air force belonging to the aerodrome just across the autobahn. The autobahn can scarcely be seen through the pine trees which surround the camp but from the attic of House 2L one can see it winding away in the distance to Hanover. The prisoners originally arrived here last May from Oflag VIII F at Marisch Trubau in Chezkoslovakia (sic), most are from the desert but there are Dunkirk and Norway prisoners too but, since the second front, about 500 have come from Normandy, Arnheim etc and a few pilots and Fortress crews have come in. We are organised into 12 companies of 200 officers each, the Indians have a company of their own but the odd few Americans, French and Poles are mixed in with the 2,000 British, Australian, South African and Canadians. Each room, about 20 feet square, accommodates 12, the beds are 2tier and arranged along the walls, there are now common rooms, dining rooms or reading rooms but the attic and cellars accommodate the library, theatre and quartermasters stores, bootmakers shop etc. The camp is surrounded by 2 barbed wire fences, 8 feet high and 6 feet apart, the gap filled with loose barbed wire coils, sentry boxes raised 10 feet off the ground stand at every corner, the sentry has a machine gun and rifle, telephone laid on and a spotlight to use when the main perimeter lights happen to be turned out as they are during air raid alerts. We have 150 British other ranks who act as orderlies in the cook house and sweeping the rooms but we do our own bedmaking and washing up. A parade for roll call is held at 9am and 6pm, we fall in outside by companies one smokes talks and stands with hands in pockets in fives while a German officer makes the count, no one wears a hat or stands to attention, it is all done with intentional slackness. Lights out officially at 10pm but as they are switched out on an air raid alert they often go off as soon as darkness falls. Germans sometimes come round after midnight to count people in bed but in general they don’t interfere with us unnecessarily and whenever a German enters a building a shout of Goon up is given to warn anyone who may be doing something he shouldn’t, a German has been known to shout Goon up himself.


    Capt. Keith Henry Glyn "John" Williams Royal Artillery

    I have recently found my father, Keith Williams's Wartime Log when he was a POW at Oflag 79, also given by the YMCA in Switzerland. He has written several pages since liberation on 12th April 1945 and there are many notes and drawings of the camp. I have photographs of him, but only in South Africa and India. He was a POW for nearly 3 years. All of this is new to me as my father never spoke of the war. I would be very eager to find out if anyone may have known about him during that time. My father tragically died in 1981 at the age of 60.

    Angela Lambert

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