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Stalag 4B Muhlberg a/d Elbe

    20th Sep 1942 156 Squadron Wellington lost.

    23rd Oct 1943 434 Squadron Halifax lost

    10th Dec 1942 115 Squadron Wellington lost

    4th Feb 1943 408 Squadron Halifax lost

    15th Apr 1943 7 Squadron Stirling lost

    29th May 1943 466 Squadron Wellington lost

    22nd Jun 1943 7 Squadron Stirling lost

    22nd Jun 1943 7 Squadron Stirling lost

    26th Jul 1943 15 Squadron Stirling lost

    28th Jul 1943 408 Squadron Halifax lost

    18th Aug 1943 434 Squadron Halifax lost

    24th Sep 1943 57 Squadron Lancaster lost

    18th Oct 1943 7 Squadron Lancaster lost

    29th Jun 1944 76 Squadron Halifax lost

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    Stalag 4B Muhlberg a/d Elbe

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    Cpl. Charles Henry Francis "Carl" Galliers 14th Reserve MT Coy, C Section Royal Army Service Corps

    My paternal grandfather Corporal Charles Henry Francis Galliers, RASC "C" section, 14th reserve MT coy, middle east forces in 1941 was in the POW Camp PG78 in Italy after 1942 (not sure of dates) and then stalag IVB during spring 1944 (I have a letter sent home with april 1944 on it). He died 3 years ago, the only memories he told were of being starving hungry in the Italian camp and chewing boot leather to stave off hunger and when a donkey was brought into camp pulling a cart it didn't live to leave! He was treated better by the Germans. I have some photos with a couple of other POWs names on the back - Geoff Galloway and George Frick (?can't read the writing properly looks like Frick) - also some photos of my grandad working on building a war memorial and on the back it reads "newborderf am elbe, (again not sure of spelling) prisoners of war cemetary, taken 7th may 1944". There is also a photo of a german guard - his name on the back " ? officer Siebel". Anyone who has any info about my grandad, his platoon, the camps he was in I would be interested to hear from them. I will send scans of the photos I have later when I have mastered the technology!

    Sam Galliers

    Pte. Percy Ord Durham Light Infantry

    My father in law Pte Percy Ord served with the Durham Light Infantry, he was was taken prisoner of war in Tunisa in Feb or March 1942, and then trasferred to Italy, then later to Stalag 1VB in Germany. His p.o.w. no. was 263142 His home town was Guisborough, Yorks. He was held prisoner until the end of the war. I would be very gratefull to hear from anyone who may have known him or have any information regarding him.

    Yvonne Ord

    Pte. Floyd Alton Black Watch of Canada

    I'm working on a exhibition which highlights items in our museum, The Peterborough Centennial Museum & Archives. One such collection is that of a POW from Peterborough Ontario Canada. His name was Pte Floyd Alton who apparently served with the Black Watch on July 25th 1944. He was taken prisoner shortly after. I'm trying to find any information on Stalag 4b and 4g.

    Kim Reid

    Cpl. John Miller

    I am trying to find some information on my father's time in prisoner of war camp M-Stammlager IVB. His name was corporal John Miller and on a letter I have from the camp his Gefangenennummer is 226646. He did not speak much about his time there until the last year of his life 1998. I believe he was captured at Tobruk in 1940/41.

    Roseanne Renshaw

    Gnr. John Owen Hughes Royal Artillery

    My Grandfather, Taid as I call him, Gunner John Owen Hughes from Anglesey was captured in early 1942. I am not entirely certain of the date but have a letter dated 11th June 1942 he received from his sister Mary. There is an address on the letter of, SETT2 CAPAN8 PG65 which I believe is a holding camp in Gravina Italy. He was then transferred to Stalg 1Vb possibly during 1943, again I have correspondence dated 29th December 1943. The letters hold two different POW numbers, 4192702 and 227626.

    I have read your website with intrigue and admiration for all those who served our country. If there is anyone who is able to help me with any information I would be very grateful.

    Nia Carlton-Jones

    Cpl. Michael "Paddy" Ryan 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment.

    My father, Cpl Michael Ryan, usually known as Paddy, 2nd Hampshires, was captured in Tunisia at Tebourba in December 1942 and was a prisoner in Sicily and mainland Italy until June 1943 when the Germans transported him to Stalag IVB. He was Irish and served in the Irish Army until 1939. After his enlistment ended he went to England and enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment in November 1939 in Southampton. Because he was an Irish Army reservist he was treated as a deserter when he returned to Ireland after repatriation, so he came back to England and married a Land Army girl from London.

    He remebered being liberated by the Russians and walking with a large group of others until they reached the American lines. His close friend in Italy and Stalag IVB was Brian Probyn, a tank driver captured at the same time as himself and who become a well known film cameraman after the war, finishing up in Hollywood in the 1970s.

    Patrick Ryan

    Brian Probyn

    My Father, Michael Ryan was close friends in Italy and Stalag IVB with Brian Probyn, a tank driver captured at the same time as himself. Brian become a well known film cameraman after the war, finishing up in Hollywood in the 1970s.

    Patrick Ryan

    Sgt. F. G. Hawthorne 77 Sqd.

    Sgt Hawthorne was in the same crew as my father John Gardner. Their Lancaster was shot down over Holland in the early hours of the 22md of June 1943. Sgt Hawthorn initially evaded but was captured in Brussels on the 11th of August 1943.

    Gillian Houghton

    "Geordie" Whitwell Black Watch

    I was captured at Anzio and eventually transported to Stalag 4b at Mulberg. Two incidents spring to mind apart from the general starvation.

    A German plane one day straffed the prisoners walking around the compound and coming in far too low struck and Airforce corporal (I think his name was Brown) killing him.

    Another when one of the prisoners crawled through the broken fence between two compounds to retrieve a football and was wantonly shot dead by one of the guards. One name of Blondie who then took off chased by a mob of prisoners who would have torn him apart had they caught him. I understand that he eventually copped his just deserts.

    I then was transferred with others to Stalag 357 at Fallingbostel and vividly remember having a luger shoved up my nose by one of the guards aptly called The Bull when lying in bed when I should have been on roll call. I was one of the lucky ones who was in the last party to leave the camp when the allies were approaching and which the Germans failed to get over the Elbe and sent back under their own devices to the camp. We were eventually relieved by The Royal Scots and flown back to England in Dakotas. The Man of Confidence was named Dixie Dean an Australian Airforce warrant officer and a great guy. Died about ten years ago here in Sydney Australia. I understand that the idea for Hogans Heroes was based on Dixie's sabotage work.

    My muckers were Middy Middleton (Green Howards) Jeff, Taffy, Wally and Sailor and I still have the birthday card they made for me on my 21st Birthday. Sorry that I lost touch with them when the war finished as they looked after me as compared to them I was a know more about this Stalag.

    Geordie Whitwell

    Frank Rushton 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards

    My Granddad Frank Rushton, served with the 2nd battalion Coldstream Guards from 1938-1946. Anyone with information on Stalag 4B and 7B and Jacobstal would be very helpful

    Rebecca Rushton

    Sgt. John Verdun Kelly

    The following extracts are from the YMCA Wartime Log Book supplied to Sgt John Verdun Kelley. Captured at Tobruk he passed through various Camps- Derna, Benghazi, PG60 Lucca, PG70, Stalag IVB and Stalag 357. Some of the entries are by Kelley others by "guest" writers.


    Barren wastes of stony sand

    Dry infertile desert land,

    Spiked wire on every hand.

    Prisoners of War

    Ill clad ,unkempt and underfed,

    Trading watches and rings for bread,,

    With chilly concrete floors for beds,

    Prisoners of War

    Queueing for hours in blistering heat,

    Receiving a morsal of bread and meat,

    Glad, even of scraps to eat,

    Prisoners of War.

    Crowded together like flocks of sheep,

    Bullied and driven from dawn to sleep,

    Hearts are filled with hatred deep,

    Prisoners of War

    Cut off from the news of the outside world,

    Sifting truth from taunts that are hurled,

    Slightly keeping the flag unfurled,

    Prisoners of War.

    Striving to keep alive their hope.

    Finding at times 'tis beyond their scope,

    Drugging themselves with rumour dope

    Prisoners of War

    Setting new values ion trivial things,

    The smell of a flower, a skylark that sings

    The beauty,the grace of a butterfly's wing

    Prisoners of War

    Finding life without freedom is vain

    'Tis better to die than live ever in chain,

    Thank God! For hope of relief once again,

    Prisoners of War

    Seeing new meaning in higher things,

    In life in Christ and the hope He brings

    Thus did they treat the King of Kings

    Prisoners of War

    Finding at last, if you've the eyes to see

    This glorious truth fixed by God's decree,

    As long as the soul's unchained you're free.

    Prisoners of War

    June 23 .We awoke after a cold hungry night. The compound larger than Derna and as we were about 1000 more room to move about .In a separate cage near the gate were a party of Indian troops, used in fatigue work for strengthening the wire .In the other corner was a 40ft tower with machine guns.. Each corner had a water tank (empty) and guards patrolled all sides. We were ordered to form groups of 50 and we became N0o 22. Nothing else happened-it got hotter, more rings etc swapped across the wire for water. Someone paid £2 for a quart. Around 2pm the tanks were filled and after queueing for hours we were given a quart each., a groundsheet and 2 short poles . Rations arrived at 5pm - a tin of bully each and 2 small loaves between 3 men. Eat it all or save some? We had begun the trek down Starvation Road.

    More new faces arrived and we hoped to move on- we entered hungry men and left weeks later starving wrecks. More searches-this time anything sharp. A few kept back their jackknives or we would have had no way to open the bully cans. Water ration was increased to 3 pint per day, usual ration arrived at 4pm. The cigarette supply started running out!!! Profiteering took over and cigarettes that were selling for 50 piastres for 50 rose to 10piastres each. The guards realized the opportunity and were soon exchanging cigarettes for clothes etc. Sanitary arrangements were just a row of trenches and the smell would become unbearable. Empty day followed empty day ,bored, dirty ad unshaven the main conversation was about food. At the end of the month the Italians issued cigarettes-2 between 6 men!! By rerolling the dogends we made 2 more.

    By July 3 morale was low and sickness high , the MO visited but had nothing to teat anyone. Great excitement on July 6 -the RAF bombed the harbour and again on the 9th , lots of shrapnel falling on the camp but no injuries. Now we were so organised that we could make hot meals at night by soaking dry bread ,adding bully and boiling it up. Fuel was the problem, the guards became unhappy about us ripping pieces off the fence posts. The Indian fatigue troops had plenty but at a cost- 2 cigarettes for a small piece and the price of cigarettes was 5 piastres or a shilling each. Another bombing raid on the 11th and a ship hit in the harbour.

    Sunday 12th and a service from a South African Padre, though it must have helped it brought everyone back to thinking of home as they took part in a service knowing family at home were doing the same. We were all given Red Cross Cards to fill in, they were handed in but to this day I never heard of any arriving. By now health was getting poor, walking an effort and dizziness when standing. We were dirty, unshaven and lice started to appear. One by one those who had kept rings etc swapped them with the guards for food-tempted by guards holding up loaves of bread The minds of the guards needed understanding, a good watch worth £5 would get maybe 2 loaves but a cheap ring from the Souk costing pennies would get 5 loaves easily Cigarettes became THE currency and money was used for card games until we found the guards would sell 40 cigarettes for £1 Egyptian. Ersatz coffee was added to our rations but what was it? A Cookhouse was also built but could only feed one compound a hot meal per day so we hot meals every third day.

    Our first meal was 17 july a pint stodge of rice peas flavoured with olive oil . this cost us half a tin of bully each. The cooks found the dry rice a valuable trade item and were soon exchanging it for cigarettes. Dysentry broke out amongst the weakest but only the worst cases went to hospital I reckon about 60 died. Daily routine- get up when you felt like it, pass the time somehow until rations were drawn at noon, go to bed early to escape the day. Meals were 9am and 5.30pm and a brew of coffee in between (no milk or sugar)..

    July 25 the reality of how weak we had become hit home. New latrines were needed to be dug The labour divided up and each man had 2 minutes of digging to do. Mainy were unable to complete even this.. An escape attempt was made by a couple of guys hanging onto the underside of the rubbish truck, unfortunately this went into the next compound where native SA troops saw the guys and crowding round bending down to look resulted in the 2 heroes retuning in chains for 48 hrs.

    On July 27 groups from the next cage started to be moved out . July 31 we were given English bully 1 tin between 2 . We knew we would be soon and had started pooling our food to sustain us on the journey. We eat as much as we could and for the first time since capture I felt full. We paraded at 0330 next day, we had our food and 2 gallons of water why go hungry and thirsty? We were marched to the docks, the water weighed a ton but it was good to see the bombing damage that had been done We embarked on the Rosalino Pilo , although modern she soon took on the look of a slave ship as we were crammed into the holds helped by the Libyans standing on anyones fingers if they were slow on the ladders. More fun was had by throwing buckets of sea water at us through the gratings . The heat was stifling and we dreaded the night, a meal of cold fried bread,bully and water arrived at 11am and we sailed at noon.

    Next days rationed were lowered in a bucket at 4pm, tin of bully and a pack of biscuits. We were told next stop was Tripoli then across to Naples. The dysentery cases became so bad that in the end they were allowed on deck. We tried to sleep in the heat with the smell of engine oil and engine noise. It was a long night but as dawn approached the hold was silent save for a few groans and moans when I heard an unknown person playing "solitude" on a mouth organ- knowing my feelings and thoughts I could sympathise with him. We were allowed up on deck at 8am and managed to stay there all day, one man was hauled up unconscious and his body was taken off at Tripoli.. Our 11am meal of biscuits and bully seemed good until we saw the meals being taken to the gun crews who were German even though it was an Iti ship. We reached Tripoli at noon

    Sgt John Verdun Kelley

    Names in the log book from Benghazi:

    • Sgt Taylor
    • John Toole
    • Dougie Herrage
    • Charlie Peace
    • Stitch Taylor
    • Dodger Green
    • Bill Fyfe
    • RQMS Bone
    • CSM Muldowney
    • Sgt Graham
    • Sgt Mc Dermott
    • Gdsman Hall
    • Gdsman Simpson

    Peter Mason.

    Staff Sergeant Eugene G Bailey 28th Division 112th Infantry

    My Dad, Staff Sergeant Eugene G. Bailey served with the 28th Division 112th Infantry. He was captured on December 17, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. He was sent to Stalag IXB and then transferred to Stalag IXA on January 25, 1945. I have a group or unit picture taken in Paris after the liberation dated April 1945. This site is a great way to honor our WWII heroes. Diana Thomas, a very proud daughter

    Diane Thomas

    L/Cpl Cecil "Charlie" Holmes 14th Infantry Brigade 52LAA Regiment RA

    My father, Cecil Holmes,(known to his army friends as Charlie) joined the army at the start of the war in 1939 when I was a baby. I have one letter which he wrote to my mother in 1940 which indicated that he was 7611996 L/Cpl C.E.Holmes of 52 L.A.A. Regt R.A. workshops R.A.O.C. of the 14th Infantry Bde, Middle East Forces, at that stage. He was captured in Crete in May 41 and served the rest of the war as a POW mainly in Stalag IV B, returning home on my younger brother's 5th birthday, 29 May 45.

    Dad did not speak to us often about his experiences during the war, but he and his old army friend, Jimmy Corrigan, would meet maybe twice a year and reminisce. On those occasions we would pick up snippets of their experiences. For instance, one which I rememberwas. He and a party of POWs were returning from a work party. They were permitted to take into the camp a small bag of sticks for the fire in the hut. When the guard asked dad what was in his bag he replied "A radio". The guard laughed and passed him into the hut without examining the bag. The bag did, of course, contain sticks, but also a radio.

    A couple of years ago on Remembrance Day some ex POWs from Stalag IV B were interviewed on television. One spoke of the Stage Shows and Plays they used to put on in the camp, and that they had an illicit radio back stage. I have wondered since if it had been dad's radio. Unfortunately dad died in his 80th year in 1993. I wish he had survived to hear these men's recollections. He would have remembered them and what they had to say.

    Another story he told was that he had been taken out of the camp to a civilian dentist for treatment. The dentist's wife was Irish. Dad asked her for some bread to take back to the men, and offered his gold ring in exchange for the bread. When he returned to the camp he found his ring embedded in the loaf. I now possess the ring.

    Quite a few years ago I was at T.A. Camp in Sennybridge, S. Wales. Four of us decided to Hitch-hike to London for the week-end. We went into a cafe, I think it was the Nuffield Centre. There was only one other person in the cafe. During the meal this person came over to us and said that he recognized our accent as being from Northern Ireland and asked if we knew a man called Charlie Holmes. I told him that my father was Cecil Holmes and that his army friends called him Charlie. He said, "That's the very man, I was a POW with him". Unfortunately that is the total of my recollections of that occasion.

    Early in May 45 I was a little boy of 6. I awoke early one morning, coming dawn, to see a man standing beside my bed. He appeared to fall over the bed and disappear. On 29 May 45 my Grand-mother (Dad's mum), my mother, two of dad's brothers, his sister, my younger brother, and I were at the L.M.S. Railway Station to meet my father coming home from the war. Hundreds of soldiers were walking along the platform from the Larne train. One in particular walked past us. I went after him and brought him back. It was my father. He was the man I had seen a couple of weeks earlier, in my vision. He had not recognized us (probably because of trauma), and his mother, wife, brothers,and sister had not recognized him. He was a man of 6'1" tall but weighed only 8 stone, very different to the man who had left in 1939 to go to the war.

    Is there anyone out there who remembers my father from those days? I would sincerely love to hear from them.

    Les Holmess

    Francis William "Frank" Guest D Company 20th Battalion

    I'm trying find anyone who may remember my father, Francis (Frank) William Guest, a NZer who fought and was wounded in D Company (I think) of the 2ndNZEF (2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force) 20th Battalion at the Battle of Sidi Rezegh, Libya in November 1942 before being transferred (via about three Italian camps) to Campo 52 in Chiavari. He was moved to Stalag IVB, Muhlberg, just before Xmas day 1943. In the Italian camp and the German camp, he gave lectures, some of which were for courses accredited by the University of London external degree programme. I'm really keen to find anyone who attended his lectures which were on philosophy, psychology and law. I'm working on a short memoir of him for a history of the University of London external programme. The university has commissioned this history to mark the 150th anniversary of its external programme.

    Stephen Guest

    John Carroll 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers

    My father, John Carroll, died in 1977. I recently started to research his WW2 history. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, No. 6978725, on 29/7/37. After training at home he was sent to Malta for a short period before heading off to Palestine. After Palestine he then returned to Malta before the war broke out and remained here for the entire siege. After victory, he then went on to Leros, where he was captured by the Germans, 15th Nov 1943, and taken POW to Stalag IVB at Muhlberg, Germany, POW No. 267891. He was here until its liberation, then returned to Perth, Scotland to Military Hospital for some time, before ceasing his military career on 29/5/46

    He died when I was 5 years old so I never got to hear his story first hand. I have spent a great deal of time researching his story, but as yet I have not found one photograph. Does anyone out there have even a Battalion photo that he may be in?

    Peter Carroll

    Delmar J Garnhart HQ 3 Battalion 422 Infantry Regiment

    My Dad, Cpl. Delmar P. Garnhart was captured at the Battle of the Bulge whilst serving with the 106th Division and was sent to Stalag 4-A and 4B. I have records that list both. I am seeking any information on him or these camps.

    Also looking for two men that served with him - Clarence Bahlo and Elmer "Buddy" Helwig.

    James Garnhart

    Alexander E Elsworthy 106 Squadron

    I am researching my great-uncle John Alfred Withington who died during the Second World War. He was a gunner in a Lancaster bomber with the 106 Squadron; all but one of the crew died on the 2nd of January 1944. The remaining crew member Alexander Elsworthy is shown to have been in prisoner of war camps Stalag4B and Stalag Luft3. My father was told that his uncle, John Withington, helped an injured crew member when their plane was hit. John helped open the other crew members' parachutes but his own then failed. The surviving crew member apparently came back to tell the tale and I am assuming this must be Alexander Elsworthy. Any details on Alexander would be very gratefully received. I know that his POW number was 269841, he lived in Chelsea and was born 1921.

    Holly Middleditch

    Cpl J W Horseman Durham Light Infantry

    My father was Cpl J W Horseman 4454335 (after WW2 I was adopted hence change of name). He was captured in North Africa in June 1942 whilst serving with the DLI. He was in Campo 75 and Campo 70 in Italy before being sent to Stalag IVB and then Stalag IVF. I have no information on his period in capitivity other than he came back to the UK via 91 Reception Centre.

    If there is any one out there who knew him or can fill in any details I would appreciate it.

    J Sewell

    AC2 Ralph Harrison

    I am wondering if there is anyone who remembers my dad, Ralph Harrison, who was stationed as an AC2 in Egypt. He was seconded to the Army and was at a lighthouse in the Red Sea(?), possibly Libya. He was captured on 30th June 1942 by the Italians and taken to a prison camp somewhere near Milan, then was taken to Stalag 4F and then onto Stalag 4B near Dresden where he stayed until liberated at the end of the war.

    Sadly, Dad died some years ago and he never spoke of his time in the war as it affected him very badly, but I would love to hear from anyone who may have known him.

    Rhian Hall

    Tom Bell

    My father-in-law, Tom Bell,(now deceased) was captured after the invasion in 1944 and then paraded through the streets of Paris (the French were not friendly). He was then shipped to Stalag 4B. Anyone who remembers him please contact me.

    Paul Delany

    Ronald Walter "Wally" Walton Royal Corps of Signals

    My father, Ronald Walter "Wally" Walton was in the Royal Corp of Signals. His hometown was Norwich, in Norfolk, England. He was captured in North Africa (Libya) in 1941 and imprisoned in Italy until 1943. He was then moved to Stalag 4B until the end of the war. He didn't tell us much about his experiences, but we know he taught electronics in the camp. If anyone knew my dad I would appreciate hearing from you. Sadly, he passed away in 1996, he was 78.

    Jim Walton

    Paul S Taylor

    My cousin is doing research and has learned that a relative, Paul S. Taylor, was a POW at Stalag 4B, Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13. We would be very interested in any info that anyone might have. His widow is still alive and his name is now being added to a Veteran's Wall in his hometown. He was from Ohio. Did POW's receive a ribbon or medal in appreciation for their hardship? If so, I do not believe his widow is in possession of any, and at any possible dedication, it would be nice if she could be presented with it.

    R. Grevers

    Jim Simpson 460 Squadron

    I just came across your website and thought you may be interested in Jim Simpson's story. He was 19 years old when he was sent to fight the war and was shot down on his first mission and captured by the Germans. Jim is still alive, 92 years old, independent and living in his own home on his farm. His story regarding the knitting of a rug whilst a POW in Stalag IVb can be found on the following website:

    The Man from Snowy River Museum is currently raising funds to enable us to build a room to house Jim's rug and ensure it is preserved as best it can, to enable visitors to marvel at the resilience of the human spirit and what can be achieved in adverse conditions. The crew of the 460 Sqd Lancaster were:

  • F/S E.J.Ellery RAAF
  • W/C R.A.Norman DFC RAAF
  • Sgt L.E.P.Wells
  • F/S D.S.Thomas
  • F/S J.O.Simpson RAAF
  • Sgt G.E.Cleverly
  • Sgt D.O'Donoghue
  • Sgt P.F.Kills

  • Marita Albert

    Frank "Monty" Banks

    Our sweet, kind and much loved dad, Frank (Monty) Banks, was a prisoner of war in Stalag IV B for about 18 months. Sadly, we don't know what regiment he was in - he was from Birkenhead, Cheshire but for some reason we think he was with a Lancashire regiment. He was a medic who never saw the benefit of war (a view we too hold). Like most of his generation he never talked about what he'd seen and / or experienced. My Dad left in August 2004 and not a day goes by we don't miss him - if ever there was a person of perfection - it was our Dad. We're proud to be known as Frankie Banks' kids!!.

    Lynne Stewart

    Sgt. Hugh Neil Mackinnon 420 Squadron

    Wellington HE550 PT-G took off on April 14, 1943 at 2112 hours from Middleton St. George on a mission to Stuttgart. Homebound at 12,000 feet the plane was shot down by a Ju88 and crashed at Mesnil-St Laurent (Aisne), 5 km SE of St. Quentein, France.

    F/O Sydney Brown and P/O J A Simpson are buried in the churchyard at Mesnil-St Laurent.

    S/L F V Taylor and F/O G C Crowther bailed out and eventually returned to England.

    Sgt H N McKinnon was taken prisoner (Stalag 4B, No 222620) and was eventually repatriated.

    Howard Fluxgold

    Alexander E Elsworthy 106 Squadron

    I am researching my great-uncle John Alfred Withington who died during the Second World War. He was a gunner in a Lancaster bomber with the 106 Squadron; all but one of the crew died on the 2nd of January 1944. The remaining crew member Alexander Elsworthy is shown to have been in prisoner of war camps Stalag4B and Stalag Luft3. My father was told that his uncle, John Withington, helped an injured crew member when their plane was hit. John helped open the other crew members' parachutes but his own then failed. The surviving crew member apparently came back to tell the tale and I am assuming this must be Alexander Elsworthy. Any details on Alexander would be very gratefully received. I know that his POW number was 269841, he lived in Chelsea and was born 1921.

    Holly Middleditch

    Frank "Monty" Banks

    Our sweet, kind and much loved dad, Frank (Monty) Banks, was a prisoner of war in Stalag IV B for about 18 months. Sadly, we don't know what regiment he was in - he was from Birkenhead, Cheshire but for some reason we think he was with a Lancashire regiment. He was a medic who never saw the benefit of war (a view we too hold). Like most of his generation he never talked about what he'd seen and / or experienced. My Dad left in August 2004 and not a day goes by we don't miss him - if ever there was a person of perfection - it was our Dad. We're proud to be known as Frankie Banks' kids!!.

    Lynne Stewart

    Medical Orderly William Sampson 10th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

    My late father William (Bill) Sampson was captured at Anzio early February 1944. He was a medical orderly and was in the 10th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment.

    He was actually captured attending to an injured German soldier. He was transported to IV B by road via Rome and was in Transit camp FP31979 before ending up in IV B and stayed there until his release 23rd April 1945 by the Russians. His POW number was 279561.

    I personally visited the camp in Muhlberg in 1999 and there is a museum in Muhlberg which I have also been to. The Museum has many photographs/maps etc. of which I have donated some new documents/maps/phots etc to the museum which opened after the reunification of Germany. The Russians refused to allow a museum to be opened until that time. I have also visited the war graves around the camp.

    The address of the museum is: Initiativgruppe Lager Muhlberg e.V., Klostersrtasse 9, 04931, Muhlberg/Elbe, Germany

    The currator is Angelica Stamm who is very helpful. There is a 21 page information book which I have translatted into English which gives the full history of the camp until it closed in 1948. I would recommend anyone to visit the museum and the site which still retains some basic outline of the camp. It is open Tuesdays to Thursdays 13.00 to 16.00 pm and every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month between 13.00 and 16.00pm. Telephone number is +49 35342 706 87.

    If any one wants to get any further information from me please do not hesitate to contact me. If anyone remembers my dad who lived in London I would of course be very happy to hear from them.

    Roger Sampson

    Albert Pearson Leicestershire Regiment

    My late father, Albert Pearson was a prisoner in Stalag IVB, prisoner number 227929. He arrived there via camp 66, Capua, Italy. He was in the Leicestershire Regiment, number 4868471, captured in North Africa early in 1943.

    He spoke very little about his time in the camps, but he did say they woke one morning to find the German guards gone, and lots of Russians on horseback. He and two others then spent some time roaming around the area, spending some time in a railway station. On one occasion a local family with several daughters offered them shelter, my Dad felt this was to try to protect themselves from the Russians. They declined the offer, also fearful of the Russians. They were later rounded up by the Americans and brought back to England. I'm not sure how.

    I would be very interested if any one knew him or could fill in some of the missing information. Thank you.

    Mick Pearson

    Private Joseph H. Hodge 106th Division 432rd Infantry Combat Regiment, Co.E

    My father, Joseph H. Hodge, was a private in Company E, 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured on Dec. 16, 1944, a prisoner of war in Germany at Stalag IV-B from Dec. 1944 until May 1945. He passed away in 1984 from an accident at work. My father never spoke very much about the war, but did have some memorabilia, including his Stalag IV-B "dog-tags" which he always carried with him. He lost about 40 lbs. while a prisoner, but always said that he ate as well as the German population at the time. He also said that he and other prisoners were taken into towns to help clear roads, railroad lines, etc. after bombings by the Allies. I would like to hear from anyone who might remember my father.

    Mary Jo Clemens

    Doug Harris Essex Regiment

    My father, Doug Harris, was in the Essex regiment and was captured in the desert, I believe in 1942. He was initially placed in an Italian prisoner of war camp then marched into Germany to Stalag 4B. He was liberated in April 1945. Like many others, dad would not share his memories of the camp so I have limited information of the time he spent there other than he captained the football team and played against the Germans. I recently found a photo of the lads proudly standing before the British flag after a match.

    Dad died in 2000. He always intended to return to Stalag 4B, I believe to bury the ghosts; he like most other POWs suffered what we now know to be Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and had many recurring nightmares. I intend to make the visit for him later this year. I would be grateful to hear from any POWs or their relatives who have made the journey and what they found.

    It would also be wonderful to hear from anyone who knew him or remembers his regiment or the POW camp.

    Tricia Harris

    Pte. Leonard Cecil Latham 1st Btn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (d.25th Dec 1944)

    I'm trying to find out as much as possible about my great great uncle, Leonard Cecil Latham. Uncle Len was a private in the Duke Of Cornwall's Light Infantry (1st Battalion), which saw heavy losses in Italy; we think he was eventually sent to Stalag IVB, although we have no firm evidence to confirm this (all paperwork being lost). We do know that he was killed on Christmas Day 1944 after the camp he was in was bombed by allied planes, and is now buried in the Prague War Cemetary. If anyone can shed any further light on Uncle Len, or help confirm details, my family would be so very grateful.

    Sarah Bailey

    Sgt. Wallace J. Eisenhauer 5th Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment

    My Dad, Wallace J. Eisenhauer - who is still alive at the age of 86 - was a POW at the following POW camps until the liberation by Russians: Jacobstahl, Benghazi, Tuturano, Stalag IVB. He has much memorabilia including his POW dog-tag from Stalag IVB and a suberb cloth signed by over 100 fellow POW's ! He collected this whilst encarcerated - so they are original names from over 60 years ago! He was a Sargeant in the 5th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment

    I would love to hear from others who are still with us or their relatives.

    Marty Eisenhauer

    Wallis Dotson Grimes 45th Division

    My father was imprisoned at Stalag 4B for 4 months and 10 days. He says that the Germans left one morning and the first liberators to arrive were Russians on horses. He is Wallis Dotson Grimes and was assigned to the American 45th Division. He is 85 and going strong!

    David Grimes

    Private James N Bumpus

    James N. Bumpus, my great-uncle, was a Private in the United States Army during WWII and was captured by the Germans and taken to Stalag IVB. He marched in the infamous Death March.

    I was born after his death and was never able to meet him, but I heard many stories from my grandmother, his sister, about his service in the war. I was recently privileged to view many of his letters from the war and the P.O.W. camp.

    I would love to hear from anyone who may have known him or of those who served and suffered with him.

    Susan Brannan Milum

    Sgt. Warwick "Wally" Hall

    Does anyone remember my dad, who died sadly in 2006, his name is Warwick Hall RAF, bomber crew. He was shot down over Berlin and spent the rest of the war in Stalag 4b. I already know quite a lot about his wartime exploits but am eager to find new information about his experiences and life in general in Stalag 4b.

    Les Hall

    L/Cpl. Jesse William Preece South Wales Borderers

    My Dad, Jes Preece, was a pow in Stalag 4b he was interned for 19 months, he was captured on the Greek isle of Leros, I would love to hear from any one who knew him, he was set free by the Russians near the end of the war. My father was a miner in the pits in the south Wales valley of Crumlin and later at Cwmtillery colliery in Monmouthshire, he used to be a very successful pigeon racer and he was well known throughout the valleys. He only ever talked about his internment twice or three times all his life, but he always said when feeding little birds such as sparrows, 'I know what its like to go hungry'.

    Now that I have read a bit on the website about the camp I can understand what he went through, my heart goes out to all those soldiers who was taken from there families and for the tragic ones who never returned. I would like to thank you on behalf of my family for your hard work in making it possible for us to realize what our Dads went through for us to walk the streets as free men and women, its a pity our youth of today didn't have just a bit of their courage and pride.

    Brian Preece

    Lawrence Albion Thatcher Parachute Regiment (d. )

    Lawrie Thatcher was my uncle, he has now sadly passed away. He was a very proud man, especially concerning his time in the parachute regiment. He was captured at Arnhem and sent to Stalag ivb, until liberated by the red army.He would never have too much to say about the bad times as a pow, but would often talk about his regiment with pride.

    He gave me a handmade box many years ago, inside is the inscription "captured at Kos, 04/10/43, O.G.Huntley, Stalag ivb Muhlberg", obviously some sort of trade or friendship was involved here. Does anyone else have a similar box or items?

    Nigel Gardiner

    James Archibald Downs Royal Signals

    My father-in-law, James Downs was a prisoner of Stalag IVb. He was captured at Tobruk in 1942, and I believe spent all the rest of the war in this Stalag.

    Lesley Downs

    Sgt. Peter "Skip" Pajich B Coy. 106th Infantry Regt.

    My father, Peter Pajich, died in 2002, a happy man. He felt like a king most of his life because of the suffering he had as a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a POW for 6 months in Stalag 4B. He spoke of many things but the major memories I, his daughter, have is the fact that he did not get to eat anything but bread. They tried to eat rotten apples from the ground and cockroaches even. They were given very little water. He had body lice most of the time. He said he didn't take his boots off for 6 months. He came out of boot camp at 169 lbs. and came home from POW camp at 89. He saw many die there. He was a 'lucky' one. I am very proud to say he was my father.


    Medical Orderly George Donaldson Andrew Royal Army Medical Corps

    My father, George Andrew, was conscripted in 1941 and served in the Medical Corps. After spells in Leeds and Lincolnshire, he was posted to Malta, and after some time there,to Kos. He was captured by the Germans(3/10/43)- although they knew the Germans were coming, escape was impossible.

    After capture,he spent 15 days in a train (in a goods wagon) travelling to Stalag 4b (Muhlburg) where he lived out the rest of the war. There was one piece of ground in the camp which the prisoners were not allowed to touch (although I believe they were allowed to grow vegetables elsewhere): the bodies of Russian prisoners who had died from typhus a few years earlier were buried there.

    A few weeks after VE Day, with the rumour that the Russians were coming, he managed to get out and reach the U.S.lines with a friend; they had no food but a farmer's wife cooked her "laying hen" for them. The Americans flew them to R.A.F. Northolt (in a DC-3) and father said that seeing the White Cliffs of Dover was a wonderful feeling.

    My father died in January 2006, just short of his 90th birthday.

    Neil Andrew

    Gnr. Robert Alfred Cope 68th Med Regt Royal Artillery

    My Dad Bob Cope was one of the prisoners held at Stalag IVb. He was held there from June 1942 till May 1945, although he never spoke of his time there or indeed the war. He died in 1986 and I have been doing what research I can online, I found many old photos in his old box one of which was a membership card (attached) to what I believe was the forerunner to the Flywheel club it was called the Auto club with a no7 in flying wings esb 1942 his membership no was 79 and it was signed by the sec T Swallow, who later on formed the Flywheel club I think between 1944-1945 and who after the war wrote the book "Memories of the open road", which I have.

    Stephen Cope

    L/Bdr. Robert Shadforth 106th Light Ack AckCompany Royal Artillery

    My grandfather, Robert Shadforth passed in 1995. He wouldnt really talk of his time during the conflict, even when I joined the Signals in 1986. I have been doing research about his time and have been speaking with the ICRC who kindly helped me find the basic details of his time served.

    He was captured in Crete on the 1st of June 1941, which looks to be at the time of the retreat from Suda bay central sector. At the time he was with the 106th LAA which was supporting 2/3rd RAA (Australian). At this point it looks like the 106th consisted of 4 batteries each with 2 troops that where (LAA)light anti aircraft Lanc Hussars.


    When the retreat was ordered many were left to fight on with the german 2nd army, 15 divisions, Fallschirmjaeger-Regiment (1st Parachute-hunter Regiment) This seems a bit vague, looks like a communication breakdown.

    My grandfather spent 4 months on Crete POW awaiting transfer to Stalag III/D which happened on the 10th of October 1941, then Stalag IV/B 24/7/1942, then Stalag IV/D 27/7/1944. The only information I have was that he was a watchmaker and made compasses for the escape commitee, where I dont know.

    Anyone with any information of 106th RHA in Crete - please help me out, I dont want to give this up now!


    Pte. Alfred Thomas Douglas London Irish Rifles Royal Ulster Rifles

    My father was at the disastrous Anzio landing and was one of the meny captured there. He often spoke of his experience there, though not in detail. However, incredibly, I have a beautifully drawn plan of the entire camp, showing it in great detail, and wish I knew how to post it onto the site ! If anyone can give advice, I'd be glad to, as it appears to be quite rare. It was made for him to order by the same Dutchman who took some of the photographs on the Stalag 4b website.

    Stephen Douglas

    Daniel David Cleary 35 Sqd.

    David was shot down in Aug 1943 and spent the rest of the war in Stalag IVB Muhlberg on Elbe prisoner of war camp. He kept a log, this has been digitised,


    Cpl. Maurice Ernest Shiers Royal Corps of Signals

    My father joined the TA in 1938 and consequently was one of the first to be called up at the start of the war. Due to the fact that he had typhus in his teens he was not allowed to go to the Far East with his regiment. He, therefore, trained as a radio operator at Catterick Camp. He landed at Arromanches on D-Day +6 and was taken prisoner of war on his 23rd birthday (September 27th 1944)and sent to Stalag 4B. Here he acted as a medical orderly until the Russians liberated the camp in 1945. During his time in the camp he witnessed the German cruelty towards the Russian prisoners.

    Roger Shiers

    Cpl. Aaron "Alec" Alexander 9th Btn. Devonshire Regiment

    My father Aaron Alexander was called up and went into the 9th Devonshire Regiment on April 2, 1940. After three years he was transferred to the 53rd Welsh Recce Regiment.

    He was a radio operator and a Right Recce driver. June 6, 1944 his regiment went over to France and landed in Caen and Biager. They went straight into action and many vehicles and men were lost on the first day.

    They went through France and onto Lille (which they liberated). A message came through that a German general wanted to surrender and they were told to make their way across the border into Belgium to Ghent to meet up with the General. Instead of surrendering, the German's took my father and his regiment prisoners.

    They ended up in Stalag 4B at Muelberg. Two hundred prisoners in a large hut, food was black bread and a sort of soup. Once they were registered they could get some food via the Red Cross. To get these parcels they had to walk underground for a distance of three miles, and then they only had one parcel between several men.

    Lots of things terrible things happened whilst in the camp but he would never tell me. When the war was nearing the end the German guards left the camp, leaving the male villagers to guard the prisoners. They were finally liberated by the Russians, but although many of the prisoners tried to tell the Russians that the men guarding them were not German solders, many of the villagers were killed. My dad did mention that part of the camp was separated by razer wire and seemed to be a concentration camp.

    Adrienne Alexander

    Gnr. Stanley Moffatt Royal Artillery

    We have had a book donated at the Oxfam shop in Beeston Nottingham (Matriculation, Precis and Essay) that doesn't have any great value, however there is an interesting 'Censorship Prisoners of war Permit P.W. 367' - 'Prisoners of War Post' attached to the front end paper. It is also stamped by the British Red Cross and has been supplied to Gnr Stanley Moffat, British Prisoner of War No229438 (IVB) Stalag IV A Arb.Kdo.1162. I have had a quick look on your site but can't see any mention of him on the prisoner of war list. If it is of any interest to anyone please contact me and I'll post it on.

    Sue Bottley

    Sgt. Henry T Jolliffe Bomb Aimer 9 Squadron

    Henry was stationed at RAF Bardney,with 9 Squadron,he was on an operation to bomb Brunswick in a Lancaster Mk III ,ED 721 ,WS-S and was shot down. Only two survived,himself and the Flight Engineer(Sgt W Lyons).

    They were taken prisoner and saw out the rest of the war at Stalag IVb.

    Henry, married after the war and lived in East Preston,West Sussex. The report of his aircraft and crew's demise is copied from Lost Bombers of WW2 website as follows: No.9 Sqdn Oct43. ED721 took part in the following Key Operations with No.9 Sqdn. WS-S, Berlin 18/19Oct43; Berlin 22/23Nov43; Berlin 23/24Nov43; Berlin 26/27Nov43; Berlin 2/3Dec43; Berlin 16/17Dec43; Berlin 23/24Dec43; Berlin 29/30Dec43. Completed ten trips to Berlin. Airborne 1642 14Jan44 from Bardney. Crashed at Bartolfelde, where those who were killed were buried 17Jan44, some 7 km W of Bad Sachsa. They have been subsequently re-interred in Hannover War Cemetery.

    Four of the crew had only recently resumed operations following their traumatic ditching in late December 43. See ED700.

      P/O E.J.Argent KIA
    • Sgt W.Lyons PoW
    • F/O F.E.Forshew KIA
    • Sgt H.T.Jolliffe PoW
    • Sgt G.Fradley KIA
    • F/S A.K.Trevena RCAF KIA
    • F/S D.A.Powley RCAF KIA
    Sgt H.T.Jolliffe was interned in Camp 4B, PoW No.270050 with Sgt W.Lyons, PoW No.270060.

    Bas Hanrahan

    John Harvey Bloedorn

    My grandfather, John H. Bloedorn, was a prisoner of war in Stalag IVB. He was captured before the Battle of the Bulge and liberated by the Russians. He is alive and well in Watertown, Wisconsin. Please reach out if you knew him or would like to be in contact with him.

    Sarah Sweeney

    Pte. Bernard Skerry 9th Battalion Parachute Regt

    My father, Bernard Skerry was parachuted into Normandy 6th June with 9 Para objective Merville Battery. He was caught up in heavy fighting and captured within a week of D Day.

    He finally ended up in Stalag 4B but managed to get out on working parties including a coal mine, Leipzig Gas works and railway marshalling yards. He made 3 escape attempts obviously being recaptured twice. The successful attempt was during the March west when Russian tanks could be seen on the horizon North and South. They entered a barn saw a gap in the rear covered it with a great coat and waited until dark. He and another soldier, unidentified to me, then walked west to Wurzen where they believed the Germans had capitulated to the Americans. On the road they walked into an exhausted fully armed company of German Infantry resting each side of the road and walked through cleanly until they met an American jeep of soldier.

    My father was then transferred to Rheims in France where he was flown back to RAF Ford in a Lancaster flown by a 19 year old pilot.He was invalided out of the Regiment on his return following some psychotic problems believed due, in particular, to the heavy bombing he suffered at Leipzig railway yards where there were considerable casualties.

    He passed away in 2007 at the age of 84. This country owes my father, along with many thousands of other servicemen, a great debt that was never repaid and can never be so.

    Peter Skerry

    Spr. John Galloway Royal Engineers

    My father served as a Sapper in the North African Campaign before being shipped over to Greece in 1941, where he was captured, I think in the Bay of Corinth, by the Germans on 29 April 1941. I know that he was imprisoned firstly in Stalag 4B (Mûhlberg) and at a later date transferred to Stalag 4C (Wistritz), but have no idea, record or means of finding out when.

    My father died, aged 83, in 1998. He spent his working life as a bricklayer, but it was his recollection of his wartime experiences and his command of German which led to my studying the language and engaging in Twinning activities between my county in Scotland (East Lothian) and its twin county in Germany (Spree-Neisse), which is situated only 2 hours by train from Mûhlberg.

    I have visited Mûhlberg on 2 occasions, most recently only 2 weeks ago with a group of students. Frau Stamm gave us an illuminating guided tour on both occasions.

    Alex Galloway

    James Plater

    I am trying to gather info on my Grandfather James Plater and his time in the Army. I know he was captured on the Island of Kos and sent to Stalag 4B. He was a heavy gunner in the African campaign against Rommel before being captured. I have no idea as to his rank regiment or anything. After the war he was with the Middle East War Crimes Unit.

    If anyone can help me I would be very grateful.

    Leanne Dyer

    Flt. Sgt. Francis Joseph Bretherton 102 Sqd.

    Frank Bretherton was my uncle. His service records say that he was posted to the Squadron on 23-11-1943 and was posted as missing in air operations flying from the United Kingdom on 29-12-1943. He was then reported as prisoner of war in Germany at Dulag Luft 8 from 8-1-1944 until 13-1-1944 was then in Stalag IVB from 15-1-1944 until 23-4-1945.

    Bart Bretherton

    George James Moody Royal Hampshire Regiment

    George James Moody, was my grandfather and I would be interested to hear from anyone who remembers him. He was in the Royal Hampshire regiment and in Stalag IVb.

    Gordon Moody

    WO1. O. O. Johnson 405 Sqd.

    I was wondering if anyone had any information on WO1 O.O. Johnson who was interned in Camp 4B, POW No 261446 in October of 1943 being the only survivor of Lancaster JB348, 405 Pathfinders. My mother's twin brother F/Sgt E C Brunet RCAF was the tail gunner in the Lancaster.

    Charles R Morris

    Cpl. David Henry Tucker 1st Btn. Irish Guards

    My granddad, David Henry Tucker, was a prisoner of war in Stalag IVB from the time of his capture during the Anzio Landings in Italy until liberation at the end of the war. When I was a child, he talked to me about Red Cross parcels, about the brutality of the Germans, but more of the brutality of the Cossacks. When he spoke about the liberation by the Cossacks he never spoke of his concerns for his own safety - but in terms of the way the Cossacks treated the Germans. In fact, the stories he told of the Cossacks actions towards the Germans gave me nightmares!

    I don't know how my Granddad got back to the UK after the liberation - I can't remember the details, but I know he never left the UK again. Nor was he ever hungry again! He was always jolly and very happy to talk about his experiences. I was very young when I asked him about the War and I know he didn't go into any level of detail with me. He died, sadly, in 1985. It was the same year he had planned to go to the re-union of the POW Survivors for Stalag IVB.

    Diana Tucker

    Paul R. Couts

    My great, Uncle Paul R. Couts, was a prisoner of War in Stalag 4B. Thank you for your web site. I hope to learn more about him and this is a place of reverence for us all.

    Rhonda Rodericks

    Eric Hodgson HQ206 Group

    My father, Eric Hodgson, spent about 18 months in Stalag IV B after being captured on Leros in 1943. He had prisoner number 267453. He was a wireless operator in the RAF. Whilst he rarely talked about his wartime experiences, I have managed to glean the following history from his photo album and the occasional comments he made.

    He was shipped out to Egypt in 1941, travelling in HMT Orcades from Greenock to Durban (with a stop at Freetown) and then in SS Mauretania to Egypt (via Aden). He kept the Christmas 1941 dinner menu titled "HQ206 Group MEF" and with a "Merry Christmas Other Ranks!" signed by CB Cooke Air Officer Commanding. He was transferred to Cyprus and was there on his 21st birthday in Sept 1942. In late 1943 he was part of the force sent to occupy Leros following the Italian surrender, but was captured when the Germans, with total air superiority, overwhelmed the Allied forces there.

    He was sent as a POW to Germany. I have the POW Christmas card he sent home (franked on 4th Jan 1944) from Dulag Luft. I also have two postcards he was able to send home from Stalag IV B. I think they speak eloquently of the despair of life in the camps and they boost the POWs got from parcels when they arrived.

    Dated 10th Jan 1945 "Dear Mother & Dad, My luck has still not improved there is very little mail & parcels coming in now, & I'm not one of the lucky few. This streak must break sometime & the sooner the better. Parcels have run out again & cigarettes are only for the privileged few. I hope you sending plenty a few five hundreds would be just the job now. Love Eric"

    The second one was dated 11th Feb 1945 "Dear Mother & Dad, Well I'm in a much more cheerful frame of mind this week. The reason of course - parcels arrived last Thursday so that we are now eating better & have a few cigarettes to smoke. You've no idea what a colossal boost it gives to the morale of the camp when parcels arrive after an interval without. No more mail from you yet. Love Eric"

    I remember he mentioned the bitterness caused when a few of the American POWs captured in the Battle of the Bulge were involved in stealing some of the few possessions of fellow POWs who had been in captivity for several years in many cases.

    Ian Hodgson

    Sgt William Richard John Craze 7 Squadron

    My grandfather, William Craze, was in 7 Squadron and their Lancaster bomber JA685 was shot down on a mission to Leipzig on 4th Dec 1943. He was captured and sent to Stalag IVb and eventually released. His POW was No.267155. I Would love to hear of anyone else who might have known him.

    Charlotte Crazy

    Dvr. Eric Alexander Dewe New Zealand Defence Force

    I have recently accessed my father’s war records from the NZDF Archives and found that my father, Eric Alexander Dewe, was a POW in Stalag 4B and 4A. He was a driver with NZDF rank of private, who was captured in Egypt and interred in Italy. He was held in Campo PG 75, Campo PG 85 and Campo PG 78 where he was liberated by the Italian guards when Italy capitulated. He was captured by the Germans two weeks after the fall of Italy, and transferred to Germany being held in Stalag 4B and Stalag 4A, from where he was iberated by Russian troops.

    Carol Smith

    Sgt. Vernon Thomas "Chick" Wood 106th Infantry Division

    My grandfather was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and held at Stalag 4B until the end of the war. His name was Sgt Vernon "Chick" Wood and he passed away June 2009. If anyone has any memories of him, we would love to know them.

    Rayna Latorre

    Cpl. Anthony J. Marino 422nd Infantry Regiment

    My Dad, Anthony Marino served with 106th Div, 422nd Regiment was a POW at Stalag IVB.

    Richard Marino

    Private Alfred Thomas Douglas London Irish Rifles

    My father, Alfred Thomas Douglas, private, of the London Irish Rifles, captured at Anzio, Italy and held at POW Stalag 4b. I have a wonderfully detailed plan of the camp, drawn for him by a Dutchman - the very same who seemed to have taken photographs of the camp at some point. I'd love to be able to show it to anyone interested

    Stephen Douglas

    Sgt. Harry R. Tenny 419 Sqd.

    They were laughing and scratching at about twenty thousand feet along with another eight hundred crews from the combined crews of Bomber Command consisting of Lancaster, Halifax and Stirling. Each aircraft had four engines and a crew of seven men. Sometimes a second pilot was added to the crew, this would be a budding pilot and at twenty years old this first experience was often referred to later (if he was lucky) as weird.Aircraft were sometimes referred to as, "Kites". All of my crew were under twenty five. The skipper was twenty and I was eighteen, the rest were in between and were a bit more experienced than me as they had been flying other aircraft before I joined them. They had experience with two engine aircraft such as Wellingtons, Hamdens and Whitleys, that up to this time had been the backbone of Bomber Command. All around us were the hundreds of aircraft, each all tensed up as we were and each member of the crews alone with his own thoughts, wondering and hoping that they would be one of the lucky ones to reach the target which was the big city of Berlin and then get back to their base safely and the welcome from their respective ground crews and comradeship of the mess when a toll was taken of the nights success or a silence which meant only one thing, that the nights losses were either very heavy or of a personal nature to certain members of the squadron. This was always the time to reflect before the line shooting began or to use an American term, "shooting the breeze" To survive, a pilot would try to dodge the flack, hence the saying, "close the hanger doors". This is perhaps an odd thing to say, but I never did feel frightened nor did I ever hear anyone else say they were. Perhaps we were all so keyed up and enthralled by the beauty of the night with it's so many colours that fear had to take a back seat. Some colours meant death for someone. Our bullets, perhaps one in three were tracer, seemed to race away like aburning string of beads. Any that hit would kill or ignite a fuel tank. Our attention was taken by an aircraft ahead of us with two engines on fire, it was taking evasive action when it suddenly exploded. Suddenly we were flying through burning debris. Before we could collect our thoughts yet another bomber was in trouble and taking evasive action with all it's guns blazing. Then it began to lose height and the nose dipped and it took a downward path. As it disappeared from our view we saw a couple of F.W.190 German fighter planes following it down. We had a healthy respect for these German fighters. We soon discovered we had troubles of our own as the rear gunner suddenly opened upwith his guns while screaming to the Skipper to take evasive action as quick as he could. But sadly the Skipper was too late and we now had three of our engines blazing. Carrying a full load of bombs in the bomb bay, the last thing we needed exploding around us was shrapnel. I suggested to the Skipper it would be prudent to part company with ourfaithful kite and he gave the order to bale out. Alas, only four of us were able to comply with the order, and we lost three brave crew members who will forever be in our hearts. We quickly donned parachutes and opening the escape hatch left the burning aircraft. Royal Air ForceBOMBER COMMAND LOSSESof the Second World WarVolume 4Aircraft and Crew Losses1943 419 Sqn Halifax II Jd464 VR-N Op:Berlin F/O R Stewart RCAF + T/o 1952 Middleton St. George. Homebound, shot down from 18,000 feet by a night-fighter and crashed in the vicinity of the Black Forest. Those who died have no know graves.

    The crew were:

    • Sgt H R Tenny
    • P/O S E James RCAF
    • Sgt V A F Cleveland
    • Sgt A Embley
    • Sgt L Northcliffe RCAF
    • Sgt D H A Garland RCAF
    The name "Dulag Luft" was well known to most of the aircrews in the interrogation camp of the Lufftwaffe and was a little feared at home. But as we arrived at the Camp we got a noisy reception by what looked like a hundred different Allied aircrews. We were distributed amongst the various cells that contained six or more of air-crews that had been shot down these last few days. At this time we were losing about thirty aircraft a day. Many swapped yarns about their exploits but the main thread of the conversation was, "Stick to the Geneva Convention Code and only spout your Name Rank and Number". Harry Mott was one chap in my cell and I asked him how he got on when he was questioned, and he told me that when asked what happened what happened when the gallant Luftwaffe had shot him down. And Harry said, "Three things happened", the Interrogator got his pen out at the double and asked, "Yes, yes, what three things?" Harry said after a moment of dramatic pause, "FLARES GONE, BOMBS GONE, MOTT GONE" And that was all they could get out of Sgt Harry Mott. Yet another wise guy told them he had been flying a new type of aircraft and after being plied with John Player cigarettes he told them it was a Huntley and Palmer with Peak Frean engines. I don't know for how long it threw them, but it lightened our day, as we were all getting a bit despondent by this time. We had no idea what the future held for us.

    After three days we were assembled outside and taken to the local Railway siding and put into cattle wagons where we stayed a further three days. We were allowed out at intervals to obey the call of bodily functions. Then at last we moved and ended up in a huge camp called Stalag 4B between Dresden and Leipzig in lower Saxony. At that time it held about twenty thousand Allied POW, eventually however it was to hold forty thousand of every nationality but mostly British and Russian. The Russians, poor devils, had a rough time of it, and since were not a member of the Geneva Code the Germans took advantage of this and took it out on any individual and indeed the nation as a whole and we saw lots of evidence of how they engineered some atrocities that were not necessary to advance their war effort.

    Whilst being held prisoner, Sgt Tenny exchanged identity with Pte T. Barker of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and escaped from Stalag 4b.

    Pte. Henry Lauriston Gordon Highlanders

    My father Henry Lauriston was a POW, he died in 1980 and never talked much about his life during the war years. All he ever replied was "I never saw much outside of barbed wire for 3 years". We do recall he talked of Anzio as he was awarded the Italy Star and recently due to my Mothers death I have found out he was a prisoner at Stalag 4B Mulhberg/Elbe Brandenburg along with 64 other Gordon Highlanders and at Stalag 8B Lamsdorf. If anybody has any information I would appreciate it.

    Graham John Lauriston

    Pte. Walter Shearwood 121st Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    I have been researching my father's time in Stalag 4B and some interesting information came up. I was sent information about a Walter Shearwood who was a general with the same army and prison camp numbers, but the camp was Stalag 4G. Perhaps someone could shed some light on this for me?

    Clara Smith

    Sgt. Henry T. Jolliffe 9 Squadron

    Sgt H T Jolliffe, Bomb Aimer was serving at RAF Bardney,with 9 Squadron in January 1944 and was shot down in Lancaster ED721( WS-S) whilst on an operation to Brunswick on 14th /15th January 1944. He and the Flight Engineer Sgt W Lyons were the only survivors and they were taken as Prisoners of War to Stalag IVB and incarcerated until the end of the war. Henry had been due to go on Leave the next day and the crew had sought replacements after their bomb aimer had been injured whilst they were ditching Lancaster, ED700 in the North Sea off Gt Yarmouth, persuading Henry to stand in for him!

    Henry is still alive but in poor health and I value his friendship and his amazing survival story.

    Bas Hanrahan

    Pte. Ralph John Green Royal Army Ordnance Corps

    I am trying to research my father's POW history. His name was John Green and he was captured in Cyrenaica, Libya on 6 April 1941 whilst serving with Royal Army Ordnance Corps in The 2nd Armoured Division. Thereafter, he was held in various camps in Italy and Germany. The only information I have managed to receive is from the Veteran's Agency which states he was POW in Stalag IVB from 1943. He was repatriated on 19 May 1945. I would dearly love to gain more information about the camps in which my father was held to appreciate the trials and tribulations which he had to endure which, unfortunately, up until now I have failed to appreciate. In common with most, my father did not speak about his war time experience and I feel as a tribute to him and many others I should record his story.

    Valerie Luter

    Cpl. Brinley Norman Williams Royal Engineers

    My father, Bryn Williams, served in the war from 1939 in the Royal Engineers. He was just 21 when he joined up as a sapper, and became an engineer artificer. He initially served in France, and then in the Middle East. That was the only part of his war he ever spoke about - with stories and photos (now lost) of his time in the Holy Land.

    He then went to North Africa, and his army records show that he was captured at Gazala, which I understand was part of the Battle of Tobruk. He was captured in June 1942 and was 'in Italian hands'. He was transferred to Germany 'Stalag V111B through Stalag IVB' and was liberated in April 1945. Dad never talked about this time of his life, but I do recall seeing a newspaper cutting that my grandmother had kept. It reported his return from the war, and that his health was very poor. My grandmother fed him on raw eggs in milk, which was all his digestion could manage. She told me that they had been so hungry that they had eaten grass.

    I guess there will be few, if any, people who remember him, but I should be really interested to find out more if I can.

    Su Milchard

    L/Cpl Ronald Walter Walton Royal Corps of Signals

    My father, Wally Walton was captured in North Africa in 1941. He spent a brief period in Italy before being transferred to Stalag IV-B. He didn't share a lot of information with us, but I believe he was a Red Cross representative at the camp and he told us several escapes were made from under his bed. In peacetime, he worked for the G.P.O. (General Post Office). I believe he lectured on electronics to fellow P.O.W.s and some of his notes are now available at the Imperial War Museum in the U.K.

    He described the final days at the camp in much the way others have described it here. Cossacks arriving at the gate, one officer touching the gate in a symbolic "release", but then being told to stay in the camp by senior British officers to wait for the Americans.

    If anyone remembers my father I would appreciate hearing from you.

    Jim Walton

    Walter Albert Read

    My Father Wally Read, was captured in the African desert by the Italians in the early part of the war, after his regiment was told to abandon their positions. He later escaped from an Italian POW camp lived in the Italian hills for some time with other escapees until they were betrayed by locals to the Germans. He was then taken to Germany as a POW. He was not a model prisoner and his actions caused him to be sent to Stalag IV-B.

    When the Germans were retreating he was marched out of the Stalag to go to another POW camp. En route he and others managed to fall from the line and escape and then lived in the (Polish?) countryside. I know one of the other men was an Australian who had worked on sheep farm pre war.

    They acquired a Troika with the intention of finding the allies (hopefully the Americans) but it was the Russians they met and my Father just stopped himself in time from greeting them in German. The Troika was commandeered and they found themselves in a holding camp to await repatriation. He came home before the war ended sailing out of Odessa.

    Caroline Wathen

    Trooper Thomas Randall Royal Tank Reginment

    Just received my father's prisoner of war record from the Red Cross.He never spoke about his imprisonment much,so this is our first record of his war years... Thomas Randall was in the Royal Tank Regiment, taken in Tobruk in August 1942, to Italy then moved to a few camps in Italy, until he was moved to Stalag IV/B in April 1943. He was then moved to Stalag IV/C in October 1943 until 1945. Loved reading all the stories of the brave men from this camp, anyone who knew of my dad or any other details,I would love to hear from them.

    Carole Newman

    Sgt. Harry Lawrence Ripley Grenadier Guards

    In brief, my father Sgt H.L Ripley was shot in the leg at Anzio in, I believe May 1944. I still have his war diary and medals, but I'm a little naive to alot of it, as I was alot younger when he told me his war stories, hence I didnt take much interest. now I'm now somewhat older, and find it more interesting. Anyway, after he was shot he was taken prisoner, and ended up in Stalag 4b. Although, I believe, he may have begun his days in Stalag 4a, as I found a POW no. 40154 which stated it was Stalag 4a. The only other thing I remember was, after the war, and to the day he died-1991, he would not eat swedes. Too much of it in the camp, I believe.

    Penny Ripley-Williams

    Flt.Sgt. Henry Bartlett DFM Distinguished Flying Medal 40 Squadron

    My father, Harry Bartlett, was born in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. After a bit of the usual teenage angst, he joined the Scots Guards before the War. Sporting a bearskin he guarded Windsor Castle. With the outbreak of hostilities, they were given despatch rider duties in the London area on an assortment of requisitioned motor-cycles. They were given much slower WD issue bikes when their mortality rate rose higher than front-line troops.

    In due course the Guards were sent to Norway for the short-lived campaign of April 1940. Dad spent a little while looking at neutral Sweden a short distance away, and wondered how easy it would be to make a map-reading error and spend the rest of the war in neutrality. Instead he volunteered for pilot training, and learnt to fly in Florida and Georgia.

    Returning to England, he subsequently flew a Wellington to North Africa with 40 squadron RAF, and spent a while bombing Sicily. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal - he says it was because it was his turn to get one rather than for anything particularly impressive. The aircraft was shot down, and Dad swam ashore, to spend the rest of the war in Stalag IVB in Germany. He rarely spoke of his time in the prison camp, but years later could be heard talking to himself in German at times.

    Bill Bartlett

    Pte. Arthur Booker

    My Grandad, Private Arthur Booker served with the East Yorkshire Regiment ans was a pow in Stalag IVB. He never talked to my mum about the war and he died in 1983. But I know that he was captured three times by the Germans & escaped twice, once from Stalag IVB.

    Claire Adams

    Howard W. Sharpell 81st Engr Combat Bn.

    My name is Howard W. Sharpell, 81st Engr. Combat Bn. I was captured Dec.17, 1944 during The Battle of the Bulge. After several attempts to escape from other camps closer to the U.S.Forces, I was moved to Stalag IVB. I knew Bill Bramley, a Brit who taught me "a few moves" and engineered my escape on Fri. the 13th of April 1945. I made it all the way to the outskirts of Leipzig where I met up with a U.S. Army Division. I don't know how I made it since I was only 112 lbs when they weighed me at an "evacuation" hospital. I think that I was 166 lbs when in England. It's 2009 now & I'm 85 and still not ready to talk too much about "things". I was sorry to hear about the guys who remained at the Stalag and their "capture" by the Russians. Lots of memories..many I do not want to recall.

    I now live in San Marcos, CA and I guess I'll remain here "until I'm called home". The climate is great, my lovely wife is at my side and God is still with me as He has been all these years.

    Howard W. Sharpell

    Gregory Dadajan

    My uncle, Dadajan Gregory, was a Soviet Prisoner of War in Stalag IVB. Just recently found this information on-line. He did not return from the war. If anyone has any information or suggestions how to continue our search, please let me know.

    Marina Dadayan

    Cpl. Jack Leverton Sherwood Forresters

    My Grandfather, Jack Leverton, who was captured and sent to Stalag IVb. His Prisoner Number was 261315. Any information at all would be greatly valued and appreciated, as he sadly passed away a number of years ago.

    Kate Baguley

    Pvt. Charles E. Rosenburger 101st Airbourne Div.

    My dad, Pvt. Charles E Rosenberger, was a medic with the 101st Airborne Division and was captured just before Christmas 1944 at the Battle of the Bulge and was held at Stalag 4B

    Rick Rosenberger

    S/Sgt. Wilbur Hugo Zoller

    My grandfather, American Army Staff Sergeant Wilbur Hugo Zoller, was also held at Stalag IVb from 1944 to May of '45. Unfortunately, my grandpa passed away when I was only 4 years old. As I understand from my grandmother, he did not talk much about his time at war.

    Jennifer Scott

    Pfc. Mason Leon Lane Company I 423rd Infantry Regiment

    My father, Mason Leon Lane, was captured at the Battle of the Bulge on December 19, 1944. He, along with 7,000 others, was moved to Stalag 4B Sachsen 51-13 where he remained until liberated in April 1945. Due to the injuries he suffered he had to remain in Germany for an additional three months in several hospitals. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to the United States in July of 1945. He died in 1990 at the age of 65.

    Thomas Lane

    L/Cpl. John Albert Brazier Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

    Like so many others, John Brazier never really talked much about his time as a soldier, particularly as a prisoner of war. He was wounded in North Africa, captured by the Italians and shipped out of Libya to Italy and interned there at P.G.68 P.M.3300. Subsequently transshipped up into Germany when Italy capitulated. John was Prisoner No. 247072 at Stalag 4B for the duration until walking out of the camp one morning as the guards had fled. They met an American patrol and were subsequently repatriated. It is believed he was finally demobbed in 1946.

    Subsequently John re-entered the manufacturing ophthalmic industry in which he had served before the war, finally becoming the first non-Japanese Director of Hoya Lens Company in the world. He passed away in 1986 and sadly missed by all his family and friends. His war-time letters and photographs have been donated to the DCLI Museum at Bodmin, Cornwall.

    Paul John Herve-Brazier

    Pte. James Roland Coughlan Royal Sussex Regiment

    My uncle was James Roland Coughlan. He was a private in the Royal Sussex Regiment, Army no. 6401956. He was a POW at Stalag IV-B, Muhlberg, Elbe, and was there until the liberation. If anyone remembers him or has any memories to tell of him, I would be most interested in hearing them.

    Kathleen Gaskell

    Pfc. Norbert Frank Reischmann Medical Detachment 9th Armored Division (Phantom Division)

    My father's unit of the 9th Armored was guarding one of the South Road to Bastogne, Belgium when the German attack of the Bulge (Ardennes) hit. He was a medic and was taken prisoner while caring for several wounded American soldiers in a Belgium farm house. He was sent to Stalag 4B and was there until liberated by Russian Cossacks. Near the end of the war, conditions were deplorable. Food was thin soup and a piece of moldy bread. He saw other prisoners shot for attempting to steal potatoes on work details. When I was about 12 years old we met a barber in Crabtree, Oregon, where my grandparents live, who was also at Stalag 4B, and he confirmed the stories that my father had told. After my father was liberated and received medical treatment, he was assigned to the USS General John Pope as a "moral NCO" for troops returning from the Japanese theater.

    Sgt. William Mole Leck 5th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

    My father, Sgt William Leck, served with the 5th Battalion East Yorks Regt. He joined the army at Beverley Barracks in about 1938. In 1941 the Battalion was posted from Poole, Dorset to North Africa and during one of the battles there was injured in his head by grenade shrapnel. He was captured by the Italians and sent to a hospital near Naples (I think). Some time later he was handed over to the Germans and sent to Stalag IVB where he spent the rest of the war until liberated by the Russian Army in 1945.

    All this information was passed to me by my mother as my father never spoke about his combat experiences or his incarceration as a POW. On one occasion, however, on a visit to me in Germany where I was serving, we visited a British war cemetary near Venlo in Holland and he became visibly upset when he read some of the East Yorks names on the headstones.

    My father died aged 81 and apart from the above I have no knowledge of his wartime experiences and would love to know if there is any way to obtain access to his Battlion's War Diary to find what action he was wounded in and if there is a definitive book or papers about Stalag IVB.

    Bill Leck

    Gnr. John Emlyn Davies 11th Regiment, B & E Battery. Royal Artillery

    My father, John Emlyn Davies, served with the Royal Artillery in North Africa from September 1941 to January 1942 when he was captured and sent to a POW camps in Italy & was then transported to Stalag 4B near Dresden where he was a prisoner until May 1945. He returned to the UK in August 1945. I have his POW tag which shows his prisoner number to be 248388. Like so many former POWs, he spoke very little about his wartime experiences.

    I would be extremely pleased to hear from anyone who might have known my father.

    Richard Davies

    Flt.Lt. Charles Ellison Hill 44 Sqn (d.23rd Nov 1943)

    My Grandad's brother, Charles Ellison Hill, was the pilot of Mk 1 Lancaster Serial number DV 329 (Sqn Code KM-W) when on the 23rd of November 1943 on a mission to or from Berlin was downed - still don't know how - in the town of Rasdorf. All the crew, bar the mid upper gunner, were killed and were buried in the town. At the end of the war they were reburied in the Reichswald War Cemetry in Germany. He ended up at Stalag 4b (IVb) in Muhlberg (PoW number 263692)where he stayed until being released by the advancing Soviet Army. My Grandad has now sadly passed away before I managed to find out the above, but it is all still sketchy to say the least. From what I can gather from relatives the survivor was a Rhodesian chap who, despite requests for information from families, refused to talk about the crash. How true this is we may never know, but it would be wonderful to find out what actually happened and gain some insight into the crew. Charles Hill was a Police officer in Liverpool before the war - strange really as I spent 14 years working for the RAF and am now a Police Officer.

    The crew were as follows:

    • Flt/Lt Charles Ellison Hill (127356) Pilot
    • P/O Edric. G. Wright (156351) Flt/Engineer
    • P/O James Marsden (156915) Navigator
    • F/O Charles. W. Nunn (132381) Bombaimer/Gunner
    • F/S Thomas Myerscough (1230232) W/op
    • Sgt Ronald Ledsham (1535227) Rear Gunner
    • Sgt P.B.Kirwan (?700738?) Mid Upper Gunner
    I have been able to locate four combat reports from the crew which I can forward to any persons connected with the crew or sqn. Any info regarding the above would be greatfully recieved.

    Frederick Hill

    Staff Sergent William E Haggard DSM. Company H 12th Infantry Regiment

    My grandfather, William Haggard was a mortar man, he was part of the first wave on D-Day, then fought through France and Belgium. I learned what little I know about his service through research. I saw 'When Trumpets Fade' without knowing my grandfather was involved in the battle that film was about. He was captured in Echternach, Luxembourg. I found out through a letter I found in his house that his squad was in a building basement and the Germans fired three artillery shells into the building and killed some of the men with him and they surrendered because they were out of ammo. They were then taken to Stalag 4B. He said they would be fed potato soup that "looked like one potato and 55 gallons of water".

    I admire him and all World War 2 veterans because in my mind he was a hero and there were literally millions of men in that war who were like him.

    Grenadier Koos "Jack" Versteeg IIe Bataljon 3e compagnie

    My grandfather, Koos Versteeg joined the Royal Durch Army in 1936. He fought in the Battle in Ypenburg, The Hague and he was a POW from 1943 untill 1945. He arrived on the 29th of May 1943 in camp Amersfoort. He was taken to Altengrabow (Stalag 11A) on the 3rd of June 1943 After a month he was taken to Muhlberg and stayed in Stalag 4b and 4c.

    After a while he was taken to Knippelsdorf to work on a local farm. The farmer was called Lehmann and I would like to find out more about him. During his time in Knippelsdorf he was taken to a French Lazaret in Jessen several times together with Jack Tromp. I was fortunate to talk to my grandfather about the war and he told me a lot when I was little. He kept a journal and registered all names of the people he met. So perhaps if my grandfather is in the timeline of anybody, please contact me.

    Wendy Versteeg

    Herbert Stuart

    My father, Herbert Stuart, was a POW at Stalag IVB for 6 months. He spoke some of his experiences there. He told us of a Dutch soldier N. Uchtmann who, after returning home, illustrated the camp and had prints made then sent them to some of his fellow camp mates, he sent one to my father. I have it in my possesion now, I wondered if anyone else has one as well? My father passed away over 10 years ago but I will always remember the experiences he did share with us and I am so proud of him and all who endured that experience.

    Jeanne Stuart

    Sgt Nathaniel William Duggan No.419 'Moose' Squadron

    My dad, Nat Duggan, was shot down over Holland in May 1943. He was in hiding with the Dutch Resistance and then made his way to Brussels. He traveled by train to Paris and was captured at the Bristol Hotel fifteen minutes after his arrival. He was put in a prison cell and on Aug 9 1943 met American Air Gunner, Hank Palaski. After Gestapo interrogation and being beaten up, he eventually was sent to Stalag 4b in Germany. He was there Nov 4th, 43 to April 22nd, 1945. His note in his war log states: Apr 23rd, 1945 three Russian soldiers rode into camp on horseback 8.00 am officially released.

    William Duggan

    Gnr. Tommie Henry George Atkins Royal Artillery

    My grandfather was a POW at Stalag IVb. His name was Gunner Tommie Henry George Atkins, Royal Artillery. We have photographs of family members that were sent to him in the camp and they have his POW number written on the back. His number was 223067. He talked very little about the war to his family. We know that he was shot in the hip and treated (insufficiently) by a German doctor before being sent to the camp. His leg fused straight and he had a limp the rest of his life.

    Sadly, he died in 2000 but had a good life after the war, despite illness and disability caused by his time there. He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.Thank you for recording their history for us,

    Cheryl Miller

    William Bennison

    After my grandfather, William Bennison died I was given his POW ID tag for Stalag 4B, No 250155. As so many of his generation did, he did not talk about the war at all. It was not "fit for ladies"!!! I am now trying to find out any information I can about what regiment he was in and any other information.

    Toni Craig

    Cpl. Arthur Henry "Jack" Small Royal Signals

    I have my Father's Hand made Scroll made in conjunction with a William Garman on an old handkerchief which I have framed to preserve. My Father was Arthur Henry Small, Corporal, Royal Signals Army No 117487 and POW No 12776. He was captured in North Africa before the fall of El Alamein coming up from Tobruk. First he was held in Italy and very badly treated, but eventually arrived in Stalag IV B at Muhlberg/Elbe and the inscription on the scroll is dated June 29th 1942 and shows a shield with pick and shovel and inscribed "Work Camp". He seldom spoke of his incarceration, but was repatriated after firstly Russians entered the camp but could do nothing for them. Eventually, the Americans released them and killed many with kindness as most were suffering from Beri Beri and my Father weighed 6.5 stone when he got back.

    Sadly, he passed away in 1996 aged 80 which was a surprise to all as we never expected him to make old bones! I am attaching a photo in case anyone recognizes him and also one of the scroll. I would like to receive any old photos in the camp and other info from others.

    John Leverton Sherwood Forresters

    My grandfather Jack Leverton was held in Stalag IVb for much of the war, however, we have very little information regarding him.

    Kate Baguley

    Sgt. Ray Horace Brook Searle 218 Squadron

    My father, Raymond Horace Brook Searle, was shot down whilst on a bombing raid on 27/28th August 1943. He was the wireless operator. He was sent to camp Stalag IVB and stayed there until liberation by the Russians. He wrote a diary for most of the first year of his imprisonment which we only discovered after he died. An awful lot of it talks about food or rather the lack of it and also all the illnesses. He died peacefully in 2005.

    Heather Brogan

    Pte. Peter James McDonald

    My Dad, Peter McDonald was a prisoner in Stalag IVb, his prison tag from number is 267224. Any information would be thankfully accepted. Dad died in November 1969.

    James McDonald

    Pfc. James F. Colley 3rd Battalion, HQ Coy. 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment

    James Colley joined the 82nd because they promised free cigarettes. He was in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, HQ Coy, 3rd Battalion. He jumped on D-Day and was captured shortly after and sent to Stalag 4B. He was there until he and some buddies decided to make a break when there would be few guards per prisoner. They eventually came home after the war was over.

    There are several things I don't understand. Like how he got his Purple Heart and when exactly he was captured. If anyone has any information on him or knew somebody that may know him, you can contact me directly.


    Sgt. Joseph Michael Wall Durham Light Infantry

    Joseph Wall was my Grandfather who died in 1991. He was a POW at Stalag IV-B. Did anyone know him? Please contact me if you did.

    Malcolm Wall

    Pte. Jack Cansick Royal Artillery

    My Father, Jack Cansick, was a prisoner at Stalag ivb at Muhlberg. He was captured in North Africa in 1940 and was liberated by the Russians in 1945

    Robert Cansick

    L/Bdr. Francis Wardale Royal Horse Artillery

    My father Frank Wardale was a regular soldier joining the RHA in 1936 aged 20 and serving in Palestine and North Africa. Captured in May 1941 he was imprisoned in a number of Italian camps before being held in Oflag VA in October 1943 and then Stalag IV B in July 1944. He was there until the end of the war although I understand he left from the camp in May 1945 and made his way to the American lines. He was ill and malnourished and hospitalised until returning home to Liverpool in November 1945.

    Like many entrants here my father spoke very little about the war. I do have a small picture of him and other members of the camp football team. He died in 1986. The Red Cross supplied most of the information here.

    Ken Wardale

    Pte. Mervyn Basil "Muff" Tooke 4th Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment

    Dad, Mervyn Tooke joined the Territorial Army before the War began & had very happy memories of training at Stow-on-the-Wold. He married mum Irene (Pet) on a 3 day leave in April 1941. He was captured in the Middle East in June 1942, spending 6 months as a prisoner in the desert (in a cage according to mum) before being taken by coal steamer to southern Italy, where he spent time in a holding camp. He was moved to northern Italy by cattle truck in dreadfully hot, cramped conditions, several men dying on route. When the Italians surrendered he was moved to Stalag IVB until liberation by the Americans I think in May 1945. He said there wasn't a dry eye on the ship as the men saw the White Cliffs of Dover on their return, something many hadn't ever expected to see.

    Post war he had a happy life with mum, daughters Sally, Beryl, myself & six grand children ("I love you double" he used to tell them.) Sadly he died in October 1992. A hard working lovely man, he kept his bad memories of the war to himself and only told us amusing tales "We hid behind the same blade of grass on Dunkirk beach!" He didn't have a bad word to say about the Germans, enjoying practising the German he remembered with German tourists in Mallorca in the late 70's early 80's. He wasn't so fond of the Italians, the men that is, he said the women were all right! They threw apples at them sobbing when they were marched through villages after working on the land as they were such a pitiful sight. He spent time in hospital in Naples with dysentery and survived despite losing half his body weight. He is much missed and we will always be very very proud of him.

    Lesley Tevar

    Pte. Louis James Osborne Medical Detachment 413th Infantry Regiment

    To my memory Dad, Lou Osborne was a medic working on wounded soldier when Germans surrounded the house they were in. They were taken to Stalag IV B. When Dad passed away he still had stomach problems, cold feet and shrapnel in him. He has lots of medals including a Purple Heart. Dad and Mom were married over fifty years. Mom was in the Navy and both are buried at the VA cemetery Houston. I am proud of both of them.

    Gail O.Petersen

    S/Sgt. Thomas Berlin Cross

    My father Thomas Cross was captured on the second day of the Battle of the Bulge and wound up in Stalag 4B Muhlberg. He was a Mess Seargent. Does anyone recall him and his experiences?

    Harold Cross

    Pte. Arthur Dobinson "Smudge" Smith Royal Army Ordnance Corps

    Letter to Arthur Smith ROAC from Jack

    Letter to Arthur Smith ROAC from Jack

    Arthur Smith and comrades in Egypt prior to capture.

    My grandfather Arthur Smith was a POW held in Stalag IVB. He served in the RAOC for the British Army and was captured in Tobruck. Taken to an Italian Prison Camp in Settore 1 he was then transferred to Stalag IVB as identified by his tags which my Dad has. He was moved to Stalag VIIIB at some time prior to undertaking the Death March.

    He spoke little of his time as a PoW but we know that he taught some other Soldiers to read and write during their time in Stalag and learned mathematics from another Soldier. We know he suffered (the same as the majority) with malnutrition and malaria but was one of the lucky ones that made it home. I have a copy of a letter sent to my grandfather from someone named Jack from Stowmarket, Suffolk, along with some photographs.

    Anne Prentice

    Pte Fred Essex Burch Royal West Kents

    My Dad was captured in Samos and spent the rest of the 2WW in Stalag IVb after a terrible train journey up through Greece. He spoke little of it although I have his diary about the trip to Malta where he was based before the Dodecanese campaign. I have all his memories (except his time in Stalag IVB of which he would not talk to us). His memories, I have transposed onto a Word document which I am happy to pass on to anyone. Although not much left now at Muhlberg, I hope to visit next year (2013). E Mail me for a copy of his story.

    Gdsm. William John Arnold "Lofty" Weeks 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards

    My father, William Weeks, was in Stalag 4b when the Russians liberated the camp. All I know is he worked in the cookhouse and a story about his friend Jack Harris who was dying and he carried him to the gates and thought he and Jack were going to get shot. My father does not talk about it much.

    Colin Weeks

    Pte. Jonathan Pennington Royal Leicestershire Regiment

    My Dad, Jonathan Pennington (Jack) was a Bren-Gunner with the Royal Leicester Regiment, the Fighting Tigers. He was taken prisoner at Kasserine whilst unconscious after being blown from his carrier, he woke up as a POW in a German hospital. He always said he was in Stalag 4B.

    John Pennington

    Pte Gordon Michael "Michael" Cooper Beds & Herts Regiment

    Gordon Michael Cooper, but known as Michael, was born in Southampton 15th December 1924. He was conscripted in 1942/43 into the Infantry (possibly the Beds & Herts Regiment) His unit was sent up to Arnhem in September 1944 to relieve the paratroops. He was captured by the Germans and taken to Stalag IVB at Mulhberg-Elbe. He features in a published photograph of the camp's 'Empire Theatre' which was sent to the Southampton Daily Echo by Sgt Albert Reith sometime in 1945. Michael was taken out of Stalag IVB and put to work in a coalmine. On one occasion a roof collapse trapped him and a fellow prisoner underground. No rescue was forthcoming so they dug their own way out to safety. Towards the end of the war the German guards deserted their prisoners when they heard the distant sound of Russian gunfire. More afraid of the Russians than the Germans, Michael and a colleague escaped the camp and walked towards the American lines, hiding by day and travelling at night. He survived on stealing turnips and carrots from the fields. After the war, Michael suffered bouts of mental illness; he emigrated to New Zealand in April 1951 to work in the NZ Forest Service, but returned to the UK some months later will the ill health continued. Nowadays we would recognise his symptoms as a severe case of post-traumatic stress. He lived a reclusive life, looked after variously by the NHS, his mother and his older brother, Dennis. He died of dehydration, in hospital, 9th February 1986.

    Mark Cooper

    Pte. Verdun Bramley Dilks Royal Army Service Corps

    My father, Verdun Dilks was one of the many taken prisoner at Tobruk. He was taken first to Italy, then -presumably on Italian capitulation taken to Stalag IVB Muhlberg where he spent the next two years. When the Russians liberated the camp in the spring of 1945, dad,despite now suffering from TB, made a long and hazardous journey to the American Lines in Czechoslovakia. (I still have his, by now, very fragile diary detailing this journey. He reached the Americans at Pilsen and was repatriated to England. When he arrived back home he told me that I was most disappointed that he hadn't brought me back a camel from Egypt!-I was four at the time!

    After the war all dad wanted was his home, family, and garden - perfectly understandable after his experience. I doubt whether I would have possessed his quiet courage. Dad died in December 1989 aged 73. I miss him still.

    Roger Dilks

    Pte Fred Essex Burch 2nd Btn. Royal West Kent Regiment

    My Father, Fred Burch was a guest at Stalag IVb after his capture in Leros in 1944. I have his hand written diaries from his enlistment into 2 Bn RWK until his discharge in 1945. I have produced a word document of his story of his times in Malta and the Greek Islands. He was the last living member of the 2nd Battalion Royal West Kents. He would never ever talk about his time at Muhlberg to me or my sister apart from when he was dying in Kent and Canterbury Hospital at age 89. A copy of his memoirs is lodged with the Royal West Kents Museum in Maidstone,Kent. Anyone who wants a copy may E Mail me. I hope to visit the site of IVB this year (2013).

    Simon Burch

    Norman B. Campbell

    Norman Campbell was my great uncle. I, unfortunately, don't have a lot of information regarding his military service, however, I do know he was taken as a POW in December of 1944 in Germany and was held until the end of the war in Stalag 4B, Muhlberg Saschen. If anyone has any photos or information regarding him, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Sherri Campbell-Paletta

    Pte. Frank Joseph Ludwig RAMC

    My grandpa, Frank, Ludwig told my husband and I when we were still very young a few of his experiences at Stalag VI B. He passed away in 1978. My husband was always very curious about war-related stuff and would ask Grandpa about his experiences as a POW. Eventually, I had to ask my husband to stop asking Grandpa about things because Grandpa's eyes would well up with tears and he would have a hard time even finishing his conversation. He pawned away all his war medals which Grandma was very upset about, but he said they only reminded him of horrible things.

    He was taken prisoner in Africa and transported to Stalag VI B. Grandpa remembers when he first arrived at the camp, he was treated well. The Germans were confusing his home address with that of a place in Germany and thought him to be one of them at first. Grandpa came from Berlin, Ontario which was later renamed Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Once they became aware of his true identity, he was given the same disrespectful, treacherous treatment as the rest of the prisoners. His card which was found in an old photo album after Grandma passed away in 2011 stated that he was prisoner number 275.334. His job on the card says Upholsterer.

    Grandpa needed surgery after the war and his 17 months in the POW Camp. His internal organs were in bad shape. He remembers being without food for a very long time and being thirsty enough to drink his own urine. I am proud of Grandpa and every other man and woman that had to endure such devastating hardships, but not proud to know that we are of German decent and a man as evil as Hitler belonged to this culture. Grandpa missed so much when his only child, my dad was growing up. Finally after the war was over and they began to develop a relationship, my father was murdered in the streets of Kitchener, Ontario by David Brenner. David Brenner was sentenced to hang, but before his execution, capital punishment was abolished in Canada. Two criminals were never given the justice they deserved in Grandpa's life, Hitler and David Brenner. Grandpa always had an incredible sadness in his blue eyes. I loved and respected him so much.

    Pte. George Frederick Levick 1st Batt Kings Own Yorkshire Light Inf

    My uncle George Levick was captured in Italy on 22/01/1944 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (K.O.Y.L.I) with the 15th Infantry brigade he was sent to Stalag IVB then on 29/02/1944 was transferred to Stalag IVD his P.O.W number was 270602

    Philip Levick

    Sgt. John Leonard Sutlieff 3rd Btn. Coldstream Guards

    Jack Sutlieff joined up in 1936 and was posted to pre-war Egypt as 3rd battalion Coldstream Guards (he departed from Southampton in December 1937 on MV Dunera). He fought in North Africa, at Knightsbridge Box, amongst other places and then captured at Mareth in March 1943. Initially POW in Livorna (Leghorn) Italy and then transferred to Fallingbostal 4B and on eventual release was very thin. He spoke very little about his wartime or POW experiences.

    Peter Sutlieff

    Pvt. Gerard E. Moreau Dental Corps

    Gerard E Moreau was my grandfather, grandson and I am looking for information might detail his service in the U.S. Army and, in particular, information that might reveal additional information about his time at Stalag IVb. He has passed away and never spoke much of his experiences during the WWII. I wish I had asked more about it back when he was alive but I was a small boy back then and, the few times I asked, I do not believe he thought I could handle the information. Now at 54 years of age, I find myself drawn to his story for me and for our family. I am just beginning my search so any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

    Dave Moreau

    Gnr. William James Priestman

    Bill Priestman was my Grandad, who never ever spoke of his time in the war or as a POW. He was a Gunner 914577 in the Royal Artillery. He was posted as missing on the 20th June 1942 in The Middle East. He was captured and was in Italian hands at Campo PG75 PM3450 Italy. Then marched onto Stalag IVF and Stalag IV B - POW number 259537. He then returned back to the UK on the 15th May 1945. Please let me know any further information.

    Louise Priestman

    Spr. Hugh Hanlon Royal Engineers

    My father Hugh Hanlon was a POW in Italian hands Aug 1942. Detained until 1944 when he was sent to Stalag 1Vb & then transferred to Stalag 1VA three months later. I was very interested to see the posted photographs as I have no wartime photos of him. He returned a changed man and I lost touch with him, so thank you for the information posted.

    Margaret Evans

    Pfc. Dell Loyd Falgout Special Troops Infantry

    Dell Loyd Falgout

    My dad, Dell Falgout was a POW at Stalag 4b from 1/1/1945-6/6/1945. I don't have any additional information to add as I did not know my dad. As you can imagine, he suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome. No one really knew him. If anyone has anything to add to this story, please feel free. I would love any and all info out there.

    Elizabeth Falgout Berglund

    W/O Louis Makens 196 Squadron

    My father-in-law, Louis Makins, was in the RAF in WW2 in 196 Squadron. He was a rear gunner. The plane and crew were shot down over F and taken POW Stalag 1vb. He was also on the long march and is still very much alive to this day, 3rd october 2013 .

    John Hill

    Flt.Sgt. John Anthony Edwards

    My Dad, John Edwards, was an RAF air-gunner. His Lancaster was shot down on a sortee over Manheim and my Dad and two colleagues parachuted and "went on the run". Some weeks after when they were in France, a farmer gave them up to the Germans and they were sent to Stalag 4b. That was near the end of 1943 and he stayed there until the camp was freed by the Red Army.

    My Dad would not talk about his experience and he died at the age of 90 in 2012. To that day none of our family was ever allowed to leave food on the plate and had to eat everything - and, from reading the accounts from his colleagues at 4b, that surely resulted from the near starvation they suffered Jan-March '45.

    For those who know of him he was a useful boxer and then a boxing manager until he retired from that at the age of 85. I still have his Stalag 4b metal tag and because I know so little, I am going to visit the site of the camp next month. If anyone remembers Jack/Johnny Edwards RAF rear gunner, I would love to hear from him. I wish he had told me something more about camp life- except that he said that no one now knows what it's like to be really starving and his jocular reference to a Russian prisoner he befriended who asked him to "special dinner" that night. He could not believe the marvelous stew that was served and when he asked about the meat, his friend said with a smile "woof woof" guard dog.

    Lavon Thorpe

    Sgt. Martin Joseph Keane Welsh Regiment

    My late Father, Sgt Martin Keane, was captured at Tobruk by Rommel's forces around 1942 and sent to Italy where the prisoners were not very well treated. After an escape and recapture he was sent to Stalag 1VB and spent the rest of the war there. He did not speak about it much, but as he grew older little snippets used to come out - about hiding radios and putting on shows to entertain other prisoners.

    I am not sure how he got home but the Americans got him out of Berlin and back to the UK suffering from malnutrition and in very poor health. He recovered very well due to my Mothers cooking and care. He did say that food was very scarce near the end and he suffered from the cold weather badly as he had been in North Africa with his unit, the Welsh Regiment. I do have his POW tag and I have traced his name on the prisoner list. He had served in India before WW2 so was called back to duty before war was declared in 1939 leaving my mother and 2 babies in London. Thankfully he lived a long and happy life. He and my mother supported the Royal British Legion all their lives and Dad wore his medals and Welsh Regiment cap badge with great pride. He was flag bearer at many funerals (sadly).

    If anyone knew him or can elaborate on his time in Stalag 1VB I would love to hear from them.

    Angela Keane

    Sgt. Lynn Sarrell Ongley

    Sergeant Lynn Ongley was held in P.O.W. Camp, Derna, Libya. P.O.W. Camp, Benghazi, Libya. PG 54, Fara Sabina. PM 3300, Rome, Italy. Stalag 4B Mühlberg-on-Elbe, Dresden, Germany and Stalag 357. Fallingbostel. Hanover. Germany. Whilst held captive he wrote a number of poems:

    Red Cross Parcel by L.S. Ongley, 7 October 1942

    • The Red Cross keep us fit and well
    • With many a tasty dish
    • No sooner is the issue made
    • We fry up spuds and fish
    • The chocolate lasts a little spell
    • Our prunes we soak and stand
    • Twelve biscuits spread with butter thick
    • My word they do taste grand
    • The meat roll fried in margarine
    • With Yorkshire salt and milk
    • While toast and butter heaped with jam
    • Slides down like folds of silk
    • The bully smeared with mustard
    • Between two hunks of bread
    • Can be described as having
    • All powers to turn the head
    • The oatmeal mixed with rasins
    • Makes porridge sweet and stiff
    • Our breakfast cheese warmed on the toast
    • Gives a savoury niff
    • Pork sausages baked in eggs
    • Mixed veg with Irish stew
    • Sweet custard smoothed o'er apple duff
    • At last we rest and sip our brew
    • The creamed rice sweets and apricots
    • We hold for yet a while
    • While cocoa in the evening hours
    • Completes the welcome pile
    • Maybe I've missed the honey sweet
    • The golden syrup two
    • But if their are some missing tins
    • I leave the rest to you
    • Without the Red Cross helping us
    • Our lives we might have lost
    • So when the war has passed us by
    • We help what e'er the cost
    • The cigarettes we cherish most
    • Their help is great indeed
    • When food is short we pull the belt
    • For nicotine is feed
    • My text to you is finnished
    • No more there is to be
    • The weekly Red Cross parcel gift
    • To you I bend my knee.

    Campo Concentranamento 54. P.M. 3300. Fara Sabina. Rome. Italy.

    My Wife by L.S. Ongley 30 May 1943

    • You are my own, my very tower
    • My work, my play, my trial, my power
    • Your truthful lips, and gliding grace
    • Those ways, those acts, my thoughts embrace
    • All you I love, my hearts refrain
    • My hope, my fear, my joy, my pain
    • Your thoughtful eyes and redgold crown
    • Those pools, those strands, my sorrows drown
    • In you I find my whole domain
    • My left, my right, my quest, my claim
    • Your simple faith and girlish pride
    • Those aims, those traits, with me abide

    Concentration Camp 54. Fara Sabina. PM 3300. Rome. Italy.

    Stalag Exercise by L.S. Ongley 15 April 1944

    • Twenty times a day I walk
    • Around the compound square
    • Twice to a mile is ten of the best
    • Quite a fair jaunt without any rest
    • A deed not common but rare.
    • Rainy days I do the same
    • The lads just stand and smile
    • On the third time round they point and nod
    • While I race faster across the sod
    • A picture of ease and style.

    Mühlberg P.O.W. Camp Dresden. Germany.

    I Would Like by L.S. Ongley 16 August 1944

    • I would like to have a four pound loaf
    • Of steaming snow white bread
    • A vat of butter rich and fresh
    • Enough to turn my head
    • A china plate piled high with steak
    • Six soft fried eggs on toast
    • Tomatoes in their dozens
    • With a chunk of fatty roast.

    Stammlager 4B, Mühlberg-on-Elbe. Dresden. Germany.

    Prison Bread by L.S. Ongley 22 Feb 1945

    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread

    • An oblong lump of sawdust and rye
    • Cut into sixths by an expert eye
    • A slip of the knife and we moan and we cry

    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread
    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread

    • A choicer food can never be found
    • With a basic content of wood and ground
    • We wonder they don't make them square or round

    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread
    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread

    • A four pound loaf at two pound size
    • Always too heavy, it never will rise
    • Yet we never complain for it pays to be wise

    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread
    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread

    • Crusts make a cake for the afternoon brew
    • While slices we have with our evening stew
    • The only complaint is the loaves are so few

    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread
    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread

    • It may be hard and heavy as lead
    • But no bread at all would cause tears to be shed
    • So though it may be ersatz we have to be fed

    • Six to a loaf of bread we are
    • Six to a loaf of bread

    Concentration Camp 357. Fallingbostel. Hanover. Germany.

    Sidelight by L.S. Ongley 24 Feb 1945

    • Patience is a virtue to prisoners its true
    • But four long years of waiting
    • Leaves them feeling awful blue
    • What with grumbling and bickering
    • There's nothing left to chew
    • The age long days of hardship
    • And the never ending queue

    Concentration Camp 357. Fallingbostel. Hanover. Germany.

    Mind Over Matter by L.S. Ongley 3 March 1945

    • He placed a plate upon the table
    • Just in front of where I sat
    • Boiled potatoes, pork and onions
    • With a great big chunk of roasted fat.
    • The steam rose up, I could but simper
    • Streams of gravy, brown and hot
    • Lay there piping with the onions
    • Still I sat a drunken sot.
    • Heaps of bread strewn on a napkin
    • Inch thick slices, white and fresh
    • Mounds of butter, lay there gloating
    • Underneath the oval mesh.
    • Then the vision slipped and wavered
    • Up and past, the screen slid by
    • Now my eyes could see those turnips
    • All that passed was just a lie.

    Stalag 357. Fallingbostel. Hanover. Germany.

    Our Bungalow by L.S. Ongley 13 March 1945

    • Bare brick walls all cold and damp
    • With freezing stony floor
    • A tiny closet wet and foul
    • The lighting system poor
    • Shaky beds of nails and plank
    • No mattress can be seen
    • A draughty roof of timber logs
    • The dripping rafters green
    • A smoky stove burns twice a day
    • The atmosphere is dead
    • One table is the furniture
    • Reprisal it is said
    • Some window panes are missing
    • The door wont fit the frame
    • Two heaters never operate
    • For coal is just a name
    • Fifteen feet by twenty
    • Is the length of our prison hut
    • Eighty men packed sardine tight
    • With every window shut

    Stalag 357. Fallingbostel. Hanover. Germany.


    • Theres nothing left in the larder
    • Not even a crumb of dry bread
    • The knock in my stomach grows louder
    • Repeating the throb in my head
    • The coffee is tasteless and bitter
    • No breakfast of hot eggs and ham
    • Meat is a dish quite unheard of
    • Including the butter and jam
    • One parcel is all that is needed
    • Canadian or British will do
    • I would finish the lot in an hour
    • Excepting the milk and brew

    Concentration Camp 357. Fallingbostel. Hanover. Germany.

    Good Friday by L.S. Ongley 30 March 1945

    • (Five weeks of starvation rations)
    • To-day is Good Friday the Day of our Lord
    • At home the hot cross buns are eaten
    • Out there they strive with gun and sword
    • Until the foe is surely beaten
    • Last night I prayed to the one above
    • To send us help in bread and meat
    • My prayer was held how great his love
    • I kneel in silence before his feet
    • Day by day they said there was none
    • Our hunger made us droop and sag
    • We join you with your hot cross bun
    • Each one with his red cross bag.

    During the days of hunger, trial and tribulation, parcels arrived to-day, after weeks of gradual starvation. Half a parcel per man.

    Stalag 357. Fallingbostel. Hanover. Germany.

    Pte. Henry K. Maus 106th Infantry

    My father, Henry Maus, was in the Artillery Group of the 106th Infantry. He was taken as a Prisoner of War during the Battle of the Bulge. He was taken to Stalag 4B.

    His story was that he and a few other Americans had talked a farmer into piling horse manure near the fence of the place where he was held. He and the others jumped from a second story window, over the fence where the pile of manure broke their fall. After escaping, they ran and went into hiding in the forest. After two days they ran into a group of American soldiers coming down the road. The soldiers told them that the war had just ended!

    Henry Maus, Jr.

    Pte. Thomas Joseph "Toenails" Bowles Dorsetshire Regiment

    My father served during WW2. He joined the Army in 1938 and went to France with the B.E.F in 1939 with the Manchester Regiment. He was a machine gunner. He was lucky enough to escape from France on the last warship H.M.S Shikari. Sometime between 1940 & 1942 he transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment and stayed in the UK for home defence.

    In 1944 he went to Normandy and went ashore on Mulberry. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Caen. He told me that he was held in cattle trucks in terrible conditions for a few weeks. He was sent to Stalag 4B and then to Stalag 4G where he worked in the gasworks in Leipzig. I don't think he was treated too badly but he said the Russians were treated dreadfully but he never gave any details. He was also, I believe ,on the great march and suffered badly eventually being liberated by the Americans. There are many details I don't know but my dad has passed away so I am lucky to have this bit of information

    Brian Bowles

    Capt. Michael Efthyvoulos Cyprus Regiment

    Captain Michael Efthyvoulos

    Captain Michael Efthyvoulos meets with Prince Phillip.

    My grandfather, Captain Michael Efthyvoulos, served in WW I prior to his service in WW II. He rejoined the Cyprus Regiment with his two sons, Leonidas and Dimitri, at the outbreak of war. Michael Efthyvoulos was captured in 1941 in Greece in the Peloponnese campaign.He was at HQ when the unit was over-run by the Germans and was captured returning from HQ to be with his men. He spent time as a Prisoner of War at Stalag 4B and also I believe at Stalag 17. He also mentioned going to Colditz Castle.

    Michael P. Efthyvoulou

    Robert Cossar

    My father, Robet Cossar, held for a short time at Stalag 4b I have his German dog tags of Stalag 4B with his German number. He was passing through to Lansdorf Stalag VIIIB, next to Auchwitz where he spent most of his captivity years. He was used as forced labour at the synthetic rubber and petrol plant by IK Farben. The plants were bombed by the Americans during daylight raids by B17 bombers. But they missed and hit the Camp instead, a lot of allied prisoners were killed.

    He remembers seeing his first jet plane a German fighter bomber; they thought it was powered by compressed air. They knew what was going on; every night was a visit from a reader who read out the BBC news which was received on a clandestine radio receiver. I saw my dad today and he still remembers it all.

    Dave Cossar

    Pte. Frederick Stevens 12th General Hospital Royal Medical Army Corps

    My Granddad, Frederick Stevens now 92 years old can clearly remember his time as a Prisoner of War. Having read some of the accounts on here, I hope that some people might be interested to see the similarities between his memories of Stalag IV-B with those of their relatives. He certainly recognised some of the stories recounted on this site.

    Frederick Stevens was 22 years old when he was captured in October 1943 on the Island of Kos. He says that he was cooking breakfast one day with fellow members of his regiment when they saw German paratroopers dropping from the sky. They were soon captured and transported to Athens before continuing on to Germany in a cattle wagon. He remembers that it was around 35 men to each wagon and the journey lasted for a gruelling 6 days. Eventually they reached the transit camp Stalag VII-A in Moosburg. He was held there for several days before being moved on to Stalag IV-B. It was here that he was to see out the rest of the war.

    After 70 years, Fred can recall several incidences, all of a dramatic nature, from during his time in the camp: He says that on one particular day, Luftwaffe planes were flying over the camp. RAF personnel within the camp encouraged the pilots to fly lower. They waved their hands as a gesture for the planes to descend; it was a show of bravado to test the pilots. The planes responded to the challenge and plummeted but the propellers of one plane caught several of the RAF men who had been waving to the planes and Fred remembers that at least 3 of them were killed. That evening, the Luftwaffe commander came to the camp to apologise, and informed the POWs that the pilots involved in the incident had been relieved of their duties and would be dispensed into the army.

    The camp contained many Russian soldiers. Russia had not signed the Geneva Convention so they could not receive the extra sustenance that the other allied soldiers received through the Red Cross parcels. They even resorted to making their own sort of Ersatz coffee from Pine tree bark. Fred remembers that many prisoners of other nationalities would group together and donate whatever they could spare to the Russians. He says it wasn’t a lot, because both Russian and other inmates were always hungry.

    The prisoners were subject to curfews. After a certain time they would all have to retreat to the cramped huts where they would sleep on 3-storey beds. A very effective morale boost in such restrictive circumstances was the fact that some prisoners had managed to procure radios, which had to kept secret of course, through which they could keep up to date with the war's progress.

    On one occasion he broke his curfew, just stepping outside the hut to get some air. He spotted a fellow Dutch prisoner across the camp that evidently felt the same about the cramped conditions in the huts. Fred could see that the inmate was being harassed to return in to the hut. A guard was pushing him and knocked him in the back of the head with the butt of his rifle. The Dutch prisoner turned and struck the guard and another nearby guard witnessed this and shot the Dutchman dead. Naturally, after seeing this shocking act he made a hasty retreat into the hut and didn’t break his curfew again.

    On another occasion, during a circuit of the camp, an allied aircraft flew low over their heads. It was shooting at a railway line just outside the premises of the camp and destroyed a goods-train that was being held there. Fred instinctively threw himself to the ground, and has said he had never been more in fear for his life than that moment – quite ironic that his scariest moment was the fault of an Allied aircraft!

    One evening in February 1945 a Pathfinder plane, (target marking squadrons in RAF Bomber Command that located and marked targets with flares, which a main bomber force could aim at), dropped a flare over the camp. Granddad said the sky lit up and in a panic, fearing that the camp was about to be bombed, he jumped from his 3rd story bed and landed on his knee, which has caused him problems to this day. The bombers must have somehow realised that it was a not the intended target because no bombs were dropped. Instead, the planes were heading further east, as part of what history would remember as the cataclysmic bombing raids on Dresden. The morning after the raid, the POWs who had been members of the Royal Army Medical Core (which included Fred) were asked by the guards to go down to Dresden and help with injured victims of the devastation. However, the Infantry Regiment Sergeant refused to go and wouldn’t allow the others to leave the camp for their own safety; he feared that the survivors would lynch them.

    Fred also remembers a few moments of comic relief. For example on one occasion an American pilot, bailing out of his stricken plane, landed quite conveniently right in the centre of the camp! He also remembers the concerts, performed by the inmates. He remembers these being very popular, particularly amongst the Americans. During one ‘season’, the camp commandant was invited to open the Theatre for the first performance. However, whilst he was inside the theatre, his driver was distracted with the offer of free cigarettes by the prisoners and a group of RAF prisoners stole the vehicles tools. The theatre was subsequently shut (temporarily)!

    Eventually, the day arrived when the camp was liberated. Fred recalls that the Americans first liberated the camp until the Russians arrived, at which point they returned to their lines. The Russians transported the now ex-POWs to another camp further east. However he decided enough was enough of being told where to go and what to do, so he ‘escaped’, along with several others who had been in the camp and they travelled westward to the River Elbe, beyond which the Americans were in authority and there was a better chance of being sent home sooner. He travelled on foot and on his way he was welcomed into the home of an old German farmer to take food and rest.

    He reached the US lines and was eventually transported to northern France. It was from here he was finally brought back to the UK on a Lancaster Bomber. He says he can remember looking out to see the White Cliffs of Dover greet his return. Some time afterwards, he discovered that his fellow POWs who had remained with the Russians had waited another 6 weeks to be transported home.

    Rebecca Stevens

    Pvt. Sam Jesse Nelson

    My father, PFC Sam Jesse Nelson, Jr., US Army Infantry, was captured in December, 1944, in the Vosges Mountains of France. He was very briefly held at Stalag 4A before being taken to Stalag 4B/Muhlberg. There, he was strafed by British pilots going to Dresden. Of course, they had no way to know who was on the ground. Since my father was an enlisted man, he was put to work. He had no fond memories of the work that was required of him and his buddies, mostly moving rocks from rubble, I believe on railroads tracks.

    Although I don't know for sure, I believe that the camp was liberated by Russians as my father described many Russians in the area and he encountered no American or other Allies.

    Dad always told us that a few days before the end of the war in Europe, the POWs from Stalag 4B were put on the road marching. Although it was obvious that the guards were hopeful that they'd be able to surrender to the Americans rather than the Russians, there was also talk that Hitler had given a command to execute all POWS. The guards were not vigilant as they were concerned with surviving themselves, and so my father and a friend lit out from the group. Dad said they encountered Russians and others on the road but he figured that he and his friend looked too pitiful to even detain. They were allowed to pass with no interruption.

    Sometime later, they made their way into Czechoslovakia where they eventually met up with a British unit. They were given baths and new British uniforms as theirs were in taters and infested with lice. Eventually, my father was taken, along with many other liberated POWs, to a staging area in France where they awaited transport back to the States.

    One of the strangest things he related was that German POWs were serving in the cafeteria. When the liberated Americans came into contact with these Germans, who were in much better condition than the Americans, not surprisingly a fight broke out. I gather it was quite a ruckus. You wonder who thought that would be a good idea?

    Also, at the staging area, the liberated American POWs were allowed and encouraged to eat as much as they wanted. Having been practically starved, they ate large quantities of food, including multiple milkshakes every day. When my father was liberated, he weighed less than 100 pounds. He was 6'2". As a result of his starvation and the subsequent lack of nutritional knowledge available at that time, he had stomach and digestive problems for the rest of his life.

    Sam Jesse Nelson, Jr. got transport on a ship back into Boston Harbor. He turned the ripe old age of 20 somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

    Helen Nelson Geisler

    L/Cpl. Frank Albert "Nobble" Cherries 9th Btn. Parachute Regt (d.18th Apr 1945)

    Frank Cherries was my sister in law's cousin and at the beginning of the war as youngsters we all hung out together, spending time with our parents. He was a pow at Stalag 4B having been captured at Arnhem. We understand that when released by allied forces that during some kind of fracas, shots were exchange between the American and Russian forces. It was during the exchange of fire that he was killed.

    Ron Brook

    Flt.Sgt. Charles Owen Scafe 466 Sqd.

    My Father Flight Sargent Charles Owen John Scafe was shot down over Germany in late December 2044. Prisoner of Stalag 4B, he was liberated the following April

    Samantha Scafe

    Sgt. Howard Bondett 51 Squadron

    Howard Bondett has written a story about his flight time with the 51st Squadron in England and than his time as a POW in Stalag IV B after being shot down in Dec 1943 near the Belgan border. Should some persons wish to read his story and the some stories from other POWs in his camp, we may provide a copy of his book to those interested. Howard is 91 years old and wishes to communicate with fellow POWs. The story book is called "In the Service A sketch of the Life in Uniform. " 1942 - 1945

    Ron Miller

    Cpl. Ronald Mcfarlane 2nd Battalion Royal Durban Light Infantry

    My Grandfather Ronald Mcfarlane was a POW at Stalag 4B he was captured at Tobruk on 21 June 1942.

    Rene Walker

    Tech4. George Elmer Johnson 103 Engineer Battalion

    George Elmer Johnson was my wife's dear father who was with the 103rd Engineer Battalion when captured during Battle of Bulge sometime between Dec 17-19th, 1944. I am assuming his group were trying to blow bridges to stop the German tanks from breaking through. Probably they were surrounded like the majority of American forces were and captured and loaded into boxcars railed to Stalag 4b, Muhlberg. During his stay until he was liberated on June 1, 1945, my wife said he never wanted to talk or tell his story. Aside from the fact its common knowledge that a lot of soldiers died due to diseases (typhus, pneumonia,etc), but were some brutally treated?? My wife said her mother told her the Germans castrated some soldiers. I find that hard to believe, because from what I have read the Germans followed the Geneva Convention on inhuman treatment, especially towards the Americans, British, and French (maybe the Russians they did). Does anyone out there know where I can get more detailed information about Stalag 4b Muhlberg Sachsen 51 13 and what went on during Dec 19th to end of May 1945? Also how were the men released and to whom?? How long did the Russians keep them?? Thanks for reading and caring.

    Fred Martin

    Sgt. Kenneth Leroy Witt 106th Infantry

    My Dad, Ken Witt served in the US Army. He was a medic and was one of the green soldiers shipped over to near Belgium in December of 1944. Captured in the Battle of the Bulge. They were marched and sent by train to Stalag IVB. He was listed MIA for over a month until his parents received word he was a Prisoner of War. Liberated by the Russian Army in April 1945. He received a Purple Heart for frozen feet. His weight while a POW went from about 150lb down to near 90lb when liberated. Kenny passed away in 1978. From the reports it seems he was 4th Grade Technician serving in the Medical Corps.

    Steven Witt

    Pvt. Gus F. George 90th Infantry Division

    My father, Gus george, received shrapnel wounds prior to be taken prisoner by the Germans. He was part of the assault on Cherbourg, France and was captured there. Dad never spoke much of the war. He simply used to say two things. First, if he didn't "hit the ground" when someone yelled "grenade" I wouldn't exist. Second, all he got to eat as a POW was a bowl of soup (which consisted of boiled water and maggots) and a piece of stale bread. It's amazing what you will eat when hungry.

    Dad died in 1996. I have recently been trying to put together any info I can. Just a few days ago, my son was talking with his grandmother (my mom and Gus' wife) about Pop Pop's involvement in the war. She showed him a belt buckle that Dad made for her while in Stalag IVB. It has her photo, and his POW number, and other info (see photo). She also told my son that when finally captured by the Germans, dad and the other soldiers were eventually marched towards a train, then lined up against it, and told to turn their backs to their captors. He believed they were all about to be executed. Instead they were eventually told to board the cars and were taken to Stalag IVB. This was all new information for me. Neither my mom or dad had ever mentioned it.

    This is also the first time I have visited this site. It is moving to read some of the stories. I hope everyone requesting info finds what they are looking for. I would love to here from anyone who may have known my dad at any time during the war or POW camp. Thank you all for your service.


    Cpl. Albert "Jock" Yule Scots Guards

    My dad Albert Yule served with the Scots Guards and was captured during Battle of Anzio, only three of his unit survived. They were put on cattle trucks and sent to Stalag 4b put to work in the copper mine. He never spoke of his nightmare only crying out in his sleep my mum used to say. He died ten years ago aged 87

    I am so proud of him and all those brave men and women who fought for us and the world it I would like to hear from any one who knew him, he got home thank god. I think of him and my mum everyday

    Elizabeth Bowers

    Flt.Sgt. G J Davies 514 Squadron

    Flight Sergeant G.S. Davies was the only survivor of DS817 which was shot down on the evening of 20/21 December, 1943. I believe he was a prisoner at Stalag 4B Muhlberg (where I believe he escaped and was recaptured and sent to Stalag Luft 7 at Bankau, near Kreulberg, Silesia.

    Does anyone know what happened to him after Luft 7? I am the daughter-in-law of Sergeant Eric James Ronerts, the Navigator on DS817, now buried at Rheinberg.

    Barbara Roberts

    Cyril Pellowe

    My dad was Cyril Pellowe. He was in the Royal Air Force and was taken prisoner on the island of Kos. I think he was then taken by train to Stalag 1Vb. He was only 22 years old. He told us some tales of his time there. I have his dog tag still but sadly he has now passed away. I have read that it was the Russians who liberated the prisoners from this camp but I am fairly sure that my dad said it was the Americans who liberated them.

    Jean Fowler

    Pte. Henry Charles Foster Royal Artillery

    My dear Dad Charlie Foster was captured at Tobruk North Africa by the German Afrika Corps, taken as prisoner to Benghazi, then by boat to Brindezi, and to Bari. Onto PG70 Prison Camp near Porto St Georgia and Fermo, then to Germany, Stalag IVB Dresden. He never spoke to me about this but I have a diary he kept. The last entry reads -

    Sunday 13th, I am writing this in the plane I have waited so long for. We are having a glorious run, just passed over Stuttgart, the 2nd pilot who is American says we shall be in Rheims by 12.30am and perhaps tomorrow we shall be in England....

    He sadly passed away in 1997.

    Julie Wilkinson

    Thomas Henry "Val" Valentine

    Thomas Henry Valentine was called up in early 1941, having been waiting on deferred service since late 1940, and joined the RAF as Wireless Operator ACl, No. 1517358.

    After initial training he was sent to Egypt and was involved in the push through to Libya. Before long he returned to Egypt whence he was sent to Palestine for further training ready for the assault on the Greek islands as part of an Advanced Landing Ground Party. At the end of September 1943 he was flown to the island of Kos in a Dakota.

    Sadly the invasion of Rhodes did not go according to plan and the Allies were unable to establish air supremacy over the area, with the result that the Germans counter attacked on 5th October, 1943. Kos is a very small island and (as my father put it) with "nowhere to run" the allied forces were largely captured within the week. They were held for a short time in the castle on Kos whilst awaiting transport to the mainland of Greece, where they were marched to Athens. Here my father temporarily lost contact with many of his comrades due to sickness and being confined to a series of hospitals.

    Next followed a 14 day train journey to the Dulag Luft interrogation centre for RAF personnel, and finally the arrival at Stalag IVB in December 1943. His prisoner number was 263514.

    Marcus Valentine

    Ronald Charles Staples Royal Artillery

    Ronald Staples was my Dad. He served with the Royal Artillery and we believe he was captured about 6 weeks after D-day and was a POW at Stalag 4b for the remainder of the war, his POW No was 294001. He still won't talk about his experience, but this may help fill a small gap in records.

    PFC. Joseph Aaron "Joe" Massey 422nd Infantry Regiment

    Joseph Aaron Massey was my father. He served with the US Army 106th Divsion 422nd Infantry Regiment and was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge, ending up at Muhlberg, Stalag IV-B

    Cheryl Ryan

    Cpl. John Underhill Worcestershire Regiment

    My father was John Underhill, he was a POW in Stalag IVB. He and a few other sick prisoners escaped while on a march to cross the Elbe in the final days of the war. They hid in the woods for days then a German farmer took them in. We just found a book it belonged to dad who died 9 years ago; on the front is Stalag and in Dad's writing IV B inside on Wednesday April 18th is written "5th day. Landed on our feet, right in, feet under the table. Oh Boy a real meal, knife fork and spoon." There was also a name and an address and I contacted the family who still live there. The young farmer was only 22 years old yet he risked everything to give enemy soldiers a bed and meals for a few days. The men with my father were Arthur ,Slim and Bob, can anyone help? We are eager to know more. They joined up with the 11th Arm. Div Inns of Court Regiment and returned home to England.

    Lorene Renshaw

    Gnr. Arthur Bayliss 277/68 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment

    My late father Arthur Bayliss of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, enlisted in Bishop Auckland in September 1940 as a gunner in the 277/68 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.

    In February 1941 he was posted to the Middle East where he fought until he was captured by the Italians at Tobruk in June 1942. As Prisoner Number 247030 he was held for approximately 18 months by the Italians at Campo p.g. 75 PM 3450 and Campo 54, PM 3300 before arriving at Stammlager IVB in December 1943.

    He was put to work breaking stone and then transferred to Stalag IVD in March 1944. Twelve months later he was working in a sugar factory making vitamin tablets, which he described as ‘a cushy number’. That work ran out and he was sent to work in an emergency hospital. Being a bit of a

    Fed up with this life he soon decided to try to escape and went through the wire on 25 March 1945. He slept in the woods at Golpa but was arrested by German civilian Police two days later. He was charged at Bittefeld and sentenced to 5 days jail on bread and water. On release he was sent back to work, this time in the penal colony, again with a guard keeping watch over him.

    On 4th April 1945, whilst at work, he witnessed Pte W R Devlin, an Australian POW being shot by a German civilian. It was Pte Devlin’s 23rd birthday. Dad was a bearer at his funeral 3 days later. On April 13th the Bittefeld area was evacuated and Dad was marched approximately 25 km to camp Schammewitz but he decided to escape again and took off that same night, his objective was to reach Wurzen. Freedom was short lived, he was recaptured on 16 April at Schildan and taken to the cells at Torgau.

    Stalag IVD was then evacuated and Dad together with all the other prisoners were marched to Stalag IVB with Ukranians aged only 14 to 16 years. On 23rd April Stalag IVB was liberated when the Russian Cavalry rode into camp and on the 30th Dad left Stalag IVB with the objective of reaching Leipzig. He lived well in various houses en route passing through Torgau, Arzburg, Belgern, and Neusen. He diverted to Dahlen on hearing that the Yanks were there and they took him to Maachern and then on to Halle.

    Like so many POW’s Dad never talked about his years as a prisoner and so this information is very sketchy. It has been pieced together from letters to Vera, his wife, which of course were censored, his diary, kept only for a short time in 1945 and jottings in his Service Pay book. Hopefully it may add to the knowledge of how others’ family members existed during this time. If anyone knew Dad or recognises events I would be very pleased to hear from them.

    I doubt that Dad escaped alone, in fact one of the few tales he told of his escapes was that he and his comrades caught and killed a pig to eat. They built a fire to roast it. However, they were so hungry that they couldn't wait for it to cook and ate it partially raw, with the result that it made them all ill. He also said that whilst in camp they had such little food that he would scrounge potato peelings from the guards.

    He had some names in his Soldiers Service and Pay Book which were:-

    • Tommy Norfolk of Leicester
    • R Douglas of Liverpool
    • A Mellows of Nottingham
    • K Whittingham of Wolverhampton

    Were these people with whom he was imprisoned? Did they get home safely and are they still alive? If anyone recognises the names or has information about them, I would love to know.

    Graham Bayliss

    Drvr. Robert Edward Hotine Royal Signals

    My second cousin Robert Edward Hotine was a POW in camp Stalag IV-B, Mühlberg, Elbe, Brandenburg POW Number: 90802.

    Stephen Chambers

    Pvt. Robert William Champaigne 326th Med Company 101st Airborne

    My grandfather, Pvt Robert W. Champaigne 101st Airborne, 326th Medical Airborne Company, was captured Dec. 19th, 1944 near Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a POW at Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachen 51 13 from 19 Dec. 1944 to 9 Jun. 1945.

    Gnr. Walter Shearwood Royal Artillery

    I'm trying to find any information about my Dad, Walter Shearwood. I know he was captured in Tobruk, I think in 1941. He was transported through Italy to Stalag 1Vb by train. He did tell me that a lot of POWs tried to escape and were shot. About Dad's time in the camp we know very little and I was wondering if anyone may be able to shed some light on this please. The only information I have been able to discover is of a man of the same name and service number who apparently was a Colonel! Dad was definitely only a Private. Any help would be much appreciated as I'm hoping to visit the site in the near future.

    Editor's note: If the information you found was on Ancestry, the ranks have all be incorrectly transcribed from the POW lists. Your Dad's rank is listed as Gunner and he was held in Stalag IVb and Stalag IVg.

    Clara Smith

    Norman "Nookie" McCarthy

    My Dad Norman McCarthy was in Stalag 4B after capture in Tobruk (via a short detention near Brindisi in Italy). He was a South African volunteer driving trucks for the allies in the desert with the Tiffys. He lost his best friend from Benoni who was killed, right next to him, by shrapnel from a Stuka bomber which attacked their convoy. He didn't talk about Stalag 4B much except to say that 'Brindisi was better' and that 'thé Russian prisoners had a harder time than us'(he noticed them fighting each other for potato peels). He also told me that one day the German guards disappeared and that they wandered off through much farmland wreckage until they were found by Americans. He was demobilised in Britain where he met my English mother Eileen Mary Gallet, who later joined him in SA after he mailed her an engagement ring in the post! I now live in France and think I owe it to his memory visit the Stalag 4B site some time. He did not hold grudges against the Germans, but that was also the kind of person he was.

    William Hamilton Royal Artillery

    William Hamilton joined the Royal Artillery and served in Tobruk where he was captured. Made to walk the thousand mile march from Palermo to Brindisi then all the way to Stalag 1Vb where he was prisoner for four and a half years. He worked in a ball bearing factory. He was liberated by the Russians and came back in a Lancaster. He left his engagement ring and watch hidden in rocks before being taken prisoner. His back was badly damaged by the constant rifle butt by Italian soldiers who marched him up the length of Italy. He never collected his medals as he thought he had let his country down, but his daughter sent for them.

    Ian Reid

    Drvr. Christopher Stanley Arthur Tennant Royal Signals

    My late father, Christopher Stanley Arthur Tennant, was a driver in the Royal Corp of Signals and served in the western desert until his capture by the Italians. He spent some time in a POW camp somewhere near Naples before being placed in a cattle truck and spending 3 days getting to Germany.

    Originally, I have him in Stalag 4B, which puzzled me slightly as this camp was liberated by the Russians, and other parts of his story did not fit with this camp - I will come on to this later. However digging a little deeper it would appear that he was moved to 4F. He said the conditions were bad and that the whole hut had body lice so badly that they were regularly dusted with DDT until they found the man who always managed to miss the dusting and burnt all his clothes, after which things improved.

    He appeared to live for his Red Cross parcels which were shared with a friend (Dusty Miller, a lad from the West Country) who appeared to tell him many West Country dialect words, one of which was "Dumbledore" for a bumblebee (no JK Rowling did not invent the word), and which he always used as a term of endearment for his three grand-daughters. The Red Cross parcels were always intercepted by the German guards who always took the socks and soap much to his chargin.

    He apparently worked clearing railway lines, often frozen to the core with little clothing but had no idea why the lines were so busy day and night and for what reason. Just before he died he told me the following, he never spoke of this to anyone else within the family, just me and until today I have never been able to verify the facts.

    At the end of the war the guards left the POWs in the camp. They could hear the Russians advancing one way and the US forces the other and they prayed that the US would reach them first. They did, luckily and starving the men set out to find food. They followed the railways lines and came across a concentration camp. I believe that my Dad may have been one of the first in. He said that what he saw had haunted him his entire life, and that following that they went into the local town and looted the Post Office. It is only today that I have been able to verify that the camp was liberated by US forces and that there was a concentration camp nearby.

    I have his diary from 1941 that he managed to keep going all through the war and one entry reads "excused work today, yellow jaundice weight 6 stone". He was luckier than the victims nearby but I am sure it coloured his whole life what he saw that day. He was a sweet gentle man who hated injustice and although he died 15 years ago he is very much missed by his entire family.

    Kay Enk

    2nd Lt. Sydney Walter Edmonds 97th Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    I met Sydney Walter Edmonds in the summer of 1994 at the bed and breakfast run by his daughter. With some coaxing he told us his prisoner of war story. My wife and I wrote it up and later sent it to him to be shared with relatives and friends. I have recently put the story on my web site. I found this site and hope others can provide additional material that could be included.

    I see many letters on this wonderful site which are clearly related to individuals that served with Mr. Edmonds. Would very much like to hear from them.

    Melvin Oakes

    Pte. William Arthur "Art" Curry

    My father, Arthur Curry, never did speak very much about the war. He was a very good shot with a gun as he grew up on a farm and was familiar with shooting and trapping. His family was very poor and he had to work in the Bush in order to support his large family. He was one of 7 children in the family and he was the second oldest son. His father favored the eldest son and allowed him to go to school and obtain an education. He was very abusive to my father and made him stay home and work in the Bush or in the fields. This lack of education tormented my father until his dying day as he was very intelligent and felt that he had been abused and neglected. One thing that worked in his favour was that because he had worked outside so much, he had a very good sense of direction and could use the stars to establish his location. He was trained to be a sniper and because he was a great shot and because he had a good sense of direction and because he always felt at home in the Bush, he was sent on many missions.

    He was captured three times, twice behind enemy lines and managed to escape each time. He said that he was in Stalag 4B and watched as Dresden burned! He worked picking potatoes on a farm when sent out as a prisoner at one time, but most of the time he worked in a coal mine. It was very hard labour and there was very little and poor food. He says that they would get pumpkin soup. Pumpkin, seeds and all mashed and heated up with water. He said that it kept one from dying but was not sufficient for the hard work they were doing. After he escaped, he joined Paton's American Army. The Americans de-loused them and then fed them. They were so emaciated that they had to feed them slowly as they were told that they could die if they ate too much too quickly.

    He never spoke about his years in the war and never had any antagonism against the German people. He saw many atrocities and had PTSD even years later, when I was growing up. I would wake up in the night and he would be having flashbacks and crying and moaning in his sleep. I would be terrified that my big, strong, silent, father could be so terrified and traumatized. There was no access to psychiatry in those days. How he suffered mentally! The physical scars did not go away either. He was very hard of hearing, as he had been close to explosions and I learned as a little girl to speak very clearly and very loudly if you wanted to tell him something.

    The other scar he had was that he had fallen off the tailgate of an army truck onto the hardtop highway when the chains broke after going over a bump on the road. He landed on his tailbone and of course passed out. The driver of the truck came and picked him up. They did not take him to a hospital or provide any medical care. He said that he could limp around after a few days but his coccyx and pelvis were broken. He had severe arthritis in those joints when he came home after the war and suffered terribly all the rest of his life.

    When he was 62 years old, the doctors did a hip replacement but they could not fix his pelvis. His left leg was shorter than the right one. They replaced his right hip after a few years and then the left one again. I don't remember a time when he was without pain, either mentally or physically. In spite of all that, he was a very joyful person and was able to make good friends and taught himself to read and write.

    I was rather afraid of him as a small child because he was so silent and would seem to be off in his own thoughts. As I grew up, I learned to appreciate what a truly remarkable person he was. We lost him in March 2014 at the age of 89. There were so many people at his funeral, they had to turn people away. He and my mother raised 6 healthy children and never asked for any help from anyone. His 4 proud sons preached at his funeral and his 6 loving grandsons carried his casket. His youngest grandson carried a wreath to put on his gravesite. He had lived a long, often difficult life, but we were proud to have had him as a father. In spite of his lack of opportunity, he made sure that all of his children went to school and had every opportunity to be successful.

    Ruth Damyanovich

    L/Sgt. Archibald Robert Park Scots Guards

    My Uncle Archie Park was captured at Anzio Beach in 1944. He had been involved in the Norwegian Landings and also throughout North Africa with the 8th Army. After capture he was a prisoner at Stalag 4b, Muhlberg.

    I would like to hear from anyone that can remember or knows of Archie Park.

    Arne Park

    Cpl. David Henry Tucker 2nd Battalion Irish Guards

    David Tucker was my granddad, sadly no longer with us. He, too, was a POW in Stalag 4B along with other survivors of the Anzio Landings in Italy. Like the other survivors, when he was captured by the Italian forces they handed them over to the Germans.

    He was transported to Stalag 4B (a long long way from Anzio) where he spent the remainder of the war. I don’t remember any stories from the journey, but I remember lots of his stories about the hunger, but despite the hunger still unable to eat a tomato that was smuggled in to his hut from the commandant’s garden. (I have never successfully eaten a tomato without being ill). I also remember his stories of the camp’s liberation by the Cossacks (as he referred to them) and for the vodka they left with the starving POWs.

    After he returned to the UK he vowed never to leave the UK again, nor to be hungry again. And, he was true to his word. If anyone remembers him, I would love to hear from you.

    Diana Tucker

    Cpl Bertram Hans Kornfeld

    My father, Bertram Kornfeld who celebrated his 90th birthday last week was captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a POW at Stalag 4B. He escaped from the camp after the camp was liberated by the Russians. He has many stories that he likes to share that I will add to this posting at a later date.

    Robert Kornfeld

    Cpl. John Underhill Worcestershire Regiment

    My father was John Underhill who served with the Worcestershire Regiment in the 2nd World War. He was a prisoner of war in Stalag 4B up to just prior to the end of the war. It was only after he died that my sisters and I found a diary with STALAG XX4 imprinted on the front. Inside on 6th of April 1945 it dad had written "issued with 6 days rations consisting of 1 loaf of bread, 2 pats of margarine, pearl barley, sugar and flour. Left Fallingbuttel on the march. Spent night in a barn. On April 9th "ever onward we know not where". The next day he wrote that they had come full circle. On the 12th April he wrote that they were marching for a bridge to get them over the Elbe.

    On the 14th of April my Dad and 4 other POW's broke free from the others and hid in the woods for a few days, some were sick along with my Dad who had stomach pains and groin pain and very loose he writes on 15th "Arthur worse and Slim down." On 16th "Arthur better, Slim the same and Bob down."

    Then on the 18th April he writes "Landed on our feet, right in, feet under the table. Oh boy a real meal at last." On the page was written a name and address Adolf Stegen Wholenbuttel, Amelinghausen, Luneburg Germany. Dad and his fellow POW's were fed and spent at least one night in the farm eating good meals which he lists. Then he writes of setting off and meeting 11th division, Inns of Court Regiment who got them home.

    I would like to hear from anyone who knows who Arthur, Slim or Bob were. I wrote to the Stegen family and though Adolf himself had died I got to know his daughter over the internet. I wanted to thank her father for his kind treatment to dad and others. I also saw where Dad spent his time there.

    Lorene Renshaw

    Pte. George Gregg Royal Marines

    My Dad, George Gregg was taken on Crete and eventually ended up in Stalag 4b. He did not talk about the war except to my mother but then only snippets. He died aged 93 in 2011. A true gentleman and a wonderful father.

    Pte. Raymond Charles "Jay" Johnson Coy E 109 Infantry Regiment

    My father, Raymond "Jay" Johnson, enlisted in WW2 at the age of 33. He went off to war leaving his wife and, at that time, 4 children at home in Exira, Iowa. 10 years after the war ended, I was born. Being the last of 7 children and the youngest male, my father intrusted me with his war medals. He never talked much about his time in the military and when he did, it was short talks about the events he experienced.

    Later on in his life he finally told me about fighting in the Battle of the Bulge campaign and how he was captured by older German soldiers. He said they treated him OK and how they took half of his Bull Durham tobacco and left him the other half. He spent the rest of the war as a POW in Stalag 4B.

    Some of his accounts while being a POW in the camp were: He nearly froze his feet after his boots were taken, what bread they got was full of sawdust as filler so you had to heavily toast the bread on the camp stove and scrape the sawdust off in order to eat it or you would get "bound up" constipated. He was made to work on the local railway while under guard. He was scared he was to be executed, it turned out he was getting an injection for some illness going around. Sneaking out of his barracks at night to look for food in a building they thought housed food only to find it housed corpses. Meeting Max Schmeling, who toured the POW camp. Dad said Schmeling spoke good English and told them all that after the war is over he would box heavyweight boxer Joe Lewis again.

    His POW camp was liberated by the approaching Soviet Army. Dad said the morning of the day of liberation, all the Germans were gone when they awoke and that he thought they were just hiding, waiting for someone to try and escape. Dad and other POWs left the camp while the Soviets were coming into camp because, as he would say, "the Soviets were drunk and shooting in the air".

    I have Dad's Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Stalag 4B dog tag and his other medals not listed here. Dad passed away Jan 1992. I so wish i would have encouraged him to let me write more of his events endured while defending our country even though it was a short time. Respectfully on Memorial Day 2015

    John Johnson

    William Henry Beer

    William Beer was captured in Anzio and interred in Stalag 4B then Stalag 11A

    Mark Etherton-Beer

    Pte. William Troy Paine 326th Medical Corps

    My father, William Troy Paine (Bill), served in the US Army from 1943 to 1945. He was a medic with the 326th Medical Corps, 101st Airborne Division. He participated in "Market Garden" and landed in Zon. He worked for months at the regimental hospital near the Wilhelmina Canal and was later captured at the "Battle of the Bulge" in Bastogne, Belgium on December 19, 1944. He, along with other prisoners, marched in the snow for days and was packed into railroad cars where they could only stand. He was taken to Stalag IV-B. His POW dogtag No. 316777. He remained there until he was liberated by the Russians.

    He did not speak of his experience in the camp often, but he did recall the body lice, hepatitis, and the weight loss. Throughout his life, whenever it snowed my father broke out in a neurogenic rash.

    There was one person who he spoke of in the whole camp. This was an Asian American in his barracks. The reason he remembered this man is because he would walk up and down the barracks and say "There are three great men in this world.... Roosevelt... Churchill... and Me (the prisoner stated his name)!"

    The closest he came to getting killed in WWII was while he was on a work detail to gather wood. The American planes accidentally strafed the prisoners, killing many. The next day the American planes dropped a wreath over the camp.

    Upon liberation by the Russians, he and two other prisoners escaped the Russians. They had to steal cheese from the basement of a German home to survive the trek from the camp to the American lines across the Elbe River.

    My father died in July 2010. I know little about his time in Stalag IV-B If anyone has any more information on that or his trek to the Elbe please contact me.

    Johnny Paine

    PFC. John Darwin "Knappy" Knappenberger Coy.D. 110th Infantry Regiment

    I was in the 28th Division and was captured in Luxemburg on 17th December 1944. I was sent to Stalag IVB and then to a paper factory in Ammendorf, Germany along with about 20 others to work until April 24th when we were liberated.

    John Knappenberger

    Cpl. Gordon Leslie Hines 235 Field Park Coy. Royal Engineers

    Gordon Hines was called up for war-time military service on 16th October 1939 to Royal Engineers, army number 1184039. He joined A Company, 1st Motor Depot (believed to be based in Tyneside). He was posted to Aldershot to join 50th Motor Division (later to become 50 th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division), 235 Field Park Company as driver on 13th of December 1939. He was posted to France as part of British Expeditionary Force, on the 23rd of January 1940 part of British 2 Corps, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division. They were evacuated from Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo on 1st of June 1940, swimming out to waiting small boats. Gordon rejoined 235 Field Park Company on 29 June 1940,and was appointed Acting L/Cpl 13th July 1940. He was in hospital from the 1st to 18th October 1940. He attended the 8th Corps Vehicle maintenance course from 10th of March 1941 to 31st ofMarch 1941. He was then appointed Acting Corporal on the 15th of April 1941. The unit embarked for Egypt on the 21st of May 1941 as part of Middle East Forces where they disembarked on the 10th of July 1941. Gordon was appointed Acting Sergeant on the 19th of July 1941. Embarked 25th July 1941 for Cyprus, disembarked 26th July 1941 and was in hospital from the 2nd to 30th of September 1941. They moved from Cyprus to Palestine in January 1942 then moved to Syria on the 21st of January 1942. They made another move from Syria to Egypt on the 14th of February 1942.

    Libya was captured on the 28th of May 1942 and Gordon was posted as missing in Western Desert. He was confirmed as a PoW on 30th of May 1942, in Italian hands. He was held in Italy, Campo PG 65 at Gravina near Bari (holding camp) then moved to PG 53 near Sforzacosta on east coast. He was transferred to Germany by train in July 1943 to Stalag IV-B 50 km north of Dresden, Germany, for three weeks, and given PoW number 221441. He then transferred to Stalag VIII-B (later called 344) in Lamsdorf, Poland (then Silesia) on 9th of August 1943 and joined Working Party E769, Heydebreck, Poland (IG Farben chemical plant, Blechhammer South) on 23rd of September 1944.

    The POW's from Gordon's camp commenced the "Long March" from E769 on 22nd January 1945, through Poland, Czechoslovakia and south west Germany. They arrived at Stalag XIII-D, Nuremburg on 28th March 1945. They left Stalag XIII-ID on 2nd April 1945 marching south from Nuremburg, believed to be towards Moosburg POW camp. It is believed that Gordon escaped from column and was hidden in farmhouse during American bombardment. He was liberated by Americans on the 25th of April 1945 at Pietenfeld. He departed in a car given by Americans on 27th of April 1945, and drove north through Wurzberg, Frankfurt and Coblenz to Aachen on the Dutch/Belgian border. He transferred to Antwerp and Brussels on 30th April 1945 and boarded Lancaster bomber in Brussels and arrived in UK 2nd of May 1945. On the 12th of July 1945 posted to 2 Div Transport Unit. He was Posted to 1 Batt RAOC for UK service from 2nd May 1945 and was given release leave on the 26th January 1946. Before being discharged on the 13th of May 1946 going in the royal army reserves.

    Richard Hines.

    Pte. Donald Joseph Walter Markey Royal Hampshire Regiment

    Donald Joseph Markey was my Uncle (married to my mother's sister). He was in the Royal Hampshire Regiment. Service No. 14543238. I knew he was a prisoner of war, but have found out in the last year or so he was a POW in Stalag IVB, POW no. 34723. I do not know how long he was a POW.

    Mary Treadgold

    Pte. Bayard Marshall Leonard 423 Infantry Regiment (d.4th Feb 1945)

    Bayard Leonard joined the army in 1944 at the age of 33. He fought in 106th division, 423 Infantry Regiment in Germany. He was captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He died a prisoner of war on the 1st or 4th of Feb. 1945. He was at Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13.

    Mark Kristosik

    Sgt. John Walter Tarbitten Army Air Corps

    Jack Tarbitten was captured at Arnhem and transferred to Stalag XII-A where he was held from the 2nd of October to the 28th of November 1944. Then he was transferred to Stalag IV-B arriving on the 2nd of December 1944, until he left on 4th of May 1945 after the German guards left and before the Russians arrived.

    Peter Tarbitten

    PFC. Cleo Reynolds Coy A. 398th Infantry Regiment

    My father, Cleo Reynolds, was captured with others of the 398th, Infantry Regiment, Company A, during an Allied incursion into Wingen-sur-Moder in France, in December, 1944.

    He was first sent to Stalag XIIA, then transferred on to IVB. I still have a letter, dated 13th of January 1945, that he wrote to his mother from the camp. In it, he says he hopes that she and his brothers had a good Christmas; he goes on, "You know about what kind of one I had, so there is nothing I can tell you." The letter has markings indicating it was reviewed by German censors before being sent. It bears the camp name (IVB) and his prisoner number, which appears to be (it's quite faded now) 311549. He remained in Stalag IVB until the camp was liberated in May 1945.

    Janis Reynolds

    S.Sgt Julius Alvin Ensley

    My grandfather, Julius Alvin Ensley, was a POW in Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13. He never really talked much about it but I would like to know if any one know him or could tell me anything about him while in the camp.

    Tom Ensley

    Alan Adams 102 Squadron

    I am Alan Adams and was a POW at Stalag IVb from December 1943 until the end of the war. I was mid upper gunner on Halifax DY 'R' for Robert. The Rear Gunner Sandy Currie and I were the only survivors. My Squadron was 102 Pocklington.

    I am now 88 yrs old. Sandy was several years older than me. Sandy and I were both convinced that we were shot down by a 4 engine plane with British markings as we had reported a plane coming too close. Our theory was that the Germans had put together a plane from parts salvaged from various crashed ones and we had warned our skipper that one aircraft was coming far too close to us for comfort. Of course we were never to fire at 4 engine plane since the Germans did not have any. I have never actually heard if our theories were correct. Gus Walker was senior officer at that time at Pocklington.

    Alan Adams

    PO John Walter Nowell Bain

    My father was Petty Officer John Walter Nowell Bain. I have his dog tags from the POW camp Stalag 4b. I have no idea how he reached England. He has been dead many years. He was first in an Italian POW camp his submarine having been sunk in the Mediterranean in 1942 I think. Maybe someone remembers him.

    Janet Budd

    H. Simmons Royal Signals

    My uncle H.RW.Simmons was captured in North Africa and ended up in Stalag IV-B. He was with the Royal Signals and I believe he built one of the radios used in the camp.

    Michael Cope

    Pte. Donald Joseph Walter Markey Royal Hampshire Regiment

    Joe Markey was my uncle. He was a Private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment. Surprisingly, I have found him listed on official records as a POW at Stalag 4b. There is a possibility he was also a POW in a Japanese POW Camp, because that is what he told the family. He married my Mother's sister in Bath, Somerset around 1948.

    Mary Treadgold

    Stanley Anthony Wojtusik

    Stanley Wojtusik fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During the battle his regiment was captured by the German Army. He spent the final winter of the war in Stalag 4B near Dresden. He suffered frostbitten feet. He received a Purple Heart in recognition of a battle injury, and two Bronze Stars. He also received knighthoods from the governments of Belgium and Luxembourg for later memorializing the battle. He was also instrumental in efforts to build the Battle of the Bulge Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, as well as other memorials.

    s flynn

    Cpl. Albert William Franklin 1st Btn. London Irish Rifles

    My father Albert Franklin was a prisoner of war at Stalag IVB and I think he was released when the Russians came and rescued him. There was an association called the Stalag IVB based at 101 Colinton Mains Grove, Edinburgh. Does anybody know if this is still going or not? I live in Blackpool Lancs and I cannot find anything about it now after trying to do a little research! This is a great site and I look forward to reading many more stories.

    Gnr. Joseph Christus Lambon 81st Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery

    My father Joe Lambon served as an anti-tank gunner in the 81st Anti-Tank Regiment (RA) as part of the First Division from 1942 to the end of the war. He served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, being captured at Anzio when his gun (along with 23 others) were overrun. His last 16 months were as a prisoner in various camps, Stalag 4B being the last one.

    I know he was repatriated by the US Army at the end of the war and after a few weeks at home signed up to go out to Palestine where he served for at least 12 months. He lived the rest of his life in peace working in a factory and tending his garden. He spoke very little about the war despite a very excited little boy in the 1960's (me) asking him about his experiences every time a war movie came on TV. I formed the opinion his war time experiences had a deep, profound effect on him.

    I doubt there are many left out there who will remember him. However, if anyone has information relating to either this camp or other soldiers who fought in the 81st please get in touch.

    Paul Lambon

    Cpl. Vincent A. Maniscalco 42nd Infantry Division

    I just discovered yesterday that my father, Vincent Maniscalco had written a record of his capture by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. When he got home he was ordered to destroy his "diary". He left it with his sister when he went to the store and she copied what she could of it before he got back. Nobody knew it existed except his sister and her children & grandchildren! It's not much, but it is in his words and it is precious to us. He was imprisoned at Stalag 4B in Muhlberg, Germany. So, this is Vincent Maniscalco’s account of his capture & imprisonment as a POW of Germany from Jan 9 to April 23 1945. As copied in haste by his sister, Marianna Maniscalco, after he was ordered to burn any documentation referencing his time as a POW.

    "I left the U.S. with the 42nd Div. on the 25th of November. We landed at France on the 8th of Dec. We moved North until we got to Hatten, where we relieved the 36th div. The pill boxes & fox holes were all facing the town, which was our first mistake - the enemy came from the other way. We were given 2 grenades each and a box of .03 ammunition which was the second mistake, we ran out of grenades and had to take two men from firing to load M-1 clips - So we didn’t have the ammo. The 3rd mistake was telling us to stay at our positions and to hold it at all cost. The Jerrys took us with tanks. That’s how nearly a whole battalion was captured on the 9th of January 1945.

    When we walked out of our pill box, we saw over 100 tanks. The Jerrys took us about a mile behind hi lines, and searched us. The guy that searched me, took my pen, smokes and a D-bar I had. From there we must have walked 10 miles in the cold wind and snow, where we were questioned & searched again. This time they took everything but my watch.

    We were then taken a few miles further back to wait for transportation to the P.W. camp. We were staying in an old warehouse, there was no food, I had to sell my watch to a Jerry guard for 5 loaves of bread. We were finally taken out of the warehouse and put on box cars, 49 men to a car- there was no room to sit or lay down - we had to ride for 4 days & nights. We thought when we finally got to camp we would be put in a warm hut, but, it was worse than ever, there was no hut, we slept on the floor and no running water, there was a well outside by the latrine but we figured that's what was giving the GIs dysentery.

    We had had very little food and our clothes were not warm enough. We were moved out of this compound and moved to the main compound where we received a little better treatment - we got Red Cross parcels once in a while, but there not enough food in them for 2 men, we got them about every 2 or 3 weeks, when the smokes ran out, we sold what little clothes we had to get a few smokes, sometimes we smoke tea leaves which didn’t taste so good.

    I was very glad when I saw the Russians Army pull into camp on the 23rd of April. I know how it feels to starve and to crave a smoke and I’ll never go hungry again. When we were freed the men took off for town and did a little looting, they came back with pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, flour, jam, fruit, spuds, sugar, & wheat, nearly everything a man could eat. Chuck went into town (almost 5 miles) and got 70 lbs of sugar, he got as far as the gate with it and the guard took it all away but 10 lbs. That wasn’t so good.

    May 4th. We are in Reisa waiting for transportation to the American lines. We pulled out of Muhlberg on May 2. The Russians are treating us pretty good.

    May 7th. We are still in Riesa, eating is pretty good, getting 3 meals a day we hope to get out of here May 9th."

    That's all we have. I'm grateful we have it.

    Ginger Maniscalco

    Pte. Fred Hunt

    My father, Fred Hunt was from Widnes in Lancashire and was in the Royal Marines as a Private (rank). He was an anti-aircraft gunner. He was taken prisoner by the Germans on Crete in 1941 and held until liberation 1945. He was marched by the German from Greece through Sudetenland and held in Stalag 4B and I believe Stalag 4C in Czechoslovakia and Germany but I have little information on this and seek more.

    He suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Hyper anxiety disorder) post war when he met my mother, Sister Grace Edwards, Withington Manchester, Hospital trained Registered Nurse, (Princess Alexandria Royal Nursing Corp.) and married in 1948.

    Anyone reading this - please send any information about POW sites Stalag 4B and Stalag4C (locations & conditions etc).

    Philip Hunt

    Flt.Sgt. John Waterston 77 Squadron

    John Waterston was in the RAF and in 1943, held the rank of Flight Sergeant. As a crew member of 77 Squadron based at RAF Elvington, Yorkshire and crewing a Halifax V, serial LL121, code KN-G was shot down Dec 20/21 1943 while on a mission to Frankfurt, by what is believed to be by either JU88 or Bf110 of 8./NJG3 night fighter squadron, piloted by, again not confirmed, Oblt. Paul Zorner, from Hintermellingen, near Frankfurt. Two of the crew died, while the other five including John were held as POW's. John was held at Stalag IVB. He survived the war passing away in 2002.

    Peter Hill

    Pte. Stepen Sliss 0041 Group Regiment Commands System

    My dad, Stephen Sliss,Sr., was a POW in Stalag 4b Muhberg Sachsen. He was in the U.S. Army. He only had a 5th grade education but spoke five languages which helped keep him alive in the POW camp, which he escaped from near the end of WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

    Stephen Sliss Jr

    Sgt. Reginald Scarth

    Sgt Reg Scarth, my father, flew with 6 Group Bomber Command. He was a rear gunner in a Halifax that was shot down, he was taken prisoner and held in Stalag 4B, along with a friend from 'back home'. There was an English lady who was married to a German looking for her English son who had been shot down. She was smuggled into 4B via a work party to be reunited him. My father was one of those who kept her identity a secret until she left the camp. I know little else as he did not speak about the war days often.

    Jackie Scarth

    Tom Barker Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

    I was born on 23rd May 1921 in Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire. I joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1938. I served in Palestine in 1939, the Libyan Desert and the Battle of Sidi Barrani in 1940. Then I was wounded and taken prisoner in Crete in 1941. The next two years were spent in forced labour camps. I then changed identities with Harry Tenny (RAF) to help him escape. Two years were spent in Stalag 4B, Muhlberg. I got out of the camp when the guards ran off because the Russians were advancing and reached home on VE Day.

    Tom Barker

    PFC. George Paul Pisano 242nd Infantry Regiment

    George Pisano was my father. He passed away in the mid-1960s when I was a child. According to my mother, he never spoke about his time in the service. I'm researching to find out more about him and what he experienced as a POW while imprisoned in Stalag 4b Muhlberg Sachsen 51 13 in 1944-1945. There was a box of letters, pictures and medals that were a part of him that were lost after our move from IL to California. While researching online, I found out that all his military records except for a final paycheck and discharge certificate were burned in a fire, according to military records, so I don't know what medals he had been awarded. I would like to have copies of whatever medals or commendations he may have received and would appreciate suggestions on how I might be able to accomplish this.


    Frank Rushton Coldstream Guards

    Frank Rushton served from 1938 to 1946. Anyone with information on Stalag 4B and 7B and Jacobstal please get in touch.

    Rebecca Rushton

    George Loughridge 1st Btn. London Irish Rifles

    I served with the 1st Btn. London Irish Rifles and was captured at Anzio beach head on 16th February 1944. I arrived at Stalag 4b in the spring of 1944, and was sent out on an Arbeitskommando at Ripnitz Kalkworks and Sandquarry after about six months. From there our group of 20 men were evacuated in April 1945 and marched out with our German guards. Our Arbeitskommando was on this march for about three weeks. The guards took off, throwing their rifles into the bushes and ditches. I paired off with Pte. Lancaster of the Lancashire Fusiliers - as I recall, and we met up with the US troops that evening.

    George Loughridge

    Sgt. Henry Cassidy Cameron Highlanders

    My grandfather was imprisoned in Stalag 4b sometime between 1942 and 1945. He also spent time as a POW in the hands of the Italians. He never spoke of his experiences during this time.

    Stephen Hutson

    Donald James Shaw Royal Army Ordnance Corps

    I am trying to help a family friend get in touch with the following individuals or relatives. Donald James Shaw RAOC, held at Stalag VIIIB. S/Sgt D. Grant, held at Stalag IVB. John Anderson, held at Stalag XXB. Can anyone help?

    Rod Davies

    Sgt. Samuel Frank Gillette 42nd (Rainbow) Inf. Div.

    Sgt. Samuel Frank Gillette served with 42nd (Rainbow)Infantry Division, USA Army. He was a POW at Stalag IVB. I would like to find information about him.

    Samuel T Gillette

    Loren George Resterhouse 634th AAA WA

    My father, Loren George Resterhouse, was a POW in WWII. After capture he was sent to Stalag 4B, then to 8A. He was in an Anti-Aircraft & Artillery Unit Battery D 634th AAA AW Bn First Army.

    Laura Resterhouse

    Sgt. George Cook

    I was taken prisoner at Dunkirk. I was at Stalag 4b for a short time and was then marched to Stalag 344.

    George Cook

    WO George Townson Agg 454 Sqdn.

    My father, George Townson Agg, was a Warrant Officer in the RAAF, 454 Squadron. His plane was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea, and he swam to safety from a burning, sinking aircraft to be rescued by an Italian float plane. He was taken prisoner of war and ended up in Stalag IVB. I have a number of mementoes of his time in Stalag IVB, including a diary of the days leading up to the end of the war, and return to England. I would love to hear from anyone who knew my father. Dad died on 30th October 2001, age 82.

    Janette Agg

    Sgt. Oscar Solis 44th Combat Engineers

    My wife's grandfather was a POW in Stalag IVB from January 1945 until liberation. His name was Sgt. Oscar Solis and he was a combat engineer with the 44th Combat Engineers. He was captured near Wiltz, Luxembourg around 19th December 1944 at the onset of the Battle of the Bulge. He passed away in 1996.

    Ryan Fairfield

    Roy W. Ball

    My uncle Roy W. Ball was a POW in Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen.

    John Ball

    Chester Devoid Gainey

    My father, Chester Devoid Gainey, from Laurel, Mississippi and his army buddy, Merle Inman of Tulsa, OK, were captured by the Germans on 1st January 1945 and were POWs at Stalag 4B until the war ended.

    After the war Chester and Merle did not meet again until Christmas 2001 when Merle spent the holidays with the Gainey family. It was a wonderful Christmas present for both, as my dad died on 2nd March 2002. At my dad's funeral, one of the soldiers who had come to play taps and fold the flag said that members of his family had been overseers of the German POW camps. His immediate family had left Germany because they didn't like that connection. Life sure has some twists!

    Mona Gainey Lanier

    Merle Inman

    Merle Inman was a POW at Stalag 4B after being captured by the Germans on 1st January 1945.

    Mona Gainey Lanier

    Pte. Fred A. Abbondandolo Bronze Star K Coy. 71st Infantry Regiment

    Enlistment Record

    In the Military

    Celebrating his return in 1945

    My father, Fred Abbondandolo arrived with the 71st Infantry Division in Cherbourg, France on 15th of September 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured on New Year's Day 1945. He spent the first three or four months of 1945 at Stalag IV B. He and at least one other US soldier left the camp together with several British soldiers in advance of the camp's liberation. Although I don't know the exact date, I believe it was sometime during April 1945. Many others stayed behind because they feared that they'd be shot if they left the camp. The Germans were no longer visible and there was little or no food for the prisoners. Conditions at Stalag IV B had been brutal and food was scant even early in his internment. There were not enough beds for every prisoner and my father slept on a wooden bench of some sort. He said he preferred it to being eaten alive by bedbugs in the straw provided for bedding.

    He told how they used to harvest sugar beets for the Germans. Sugar beets were not part of the diet of the prisoners. At one point he and fellow prisoners devised a way to hide sugar beets in their trousers, but the Germans caught them and they were not able to enjoy their stolen harvest. My father spoke often of the bravery of the British prisoners of war at Stalag IVB. They were forever planning ways to escape and he admired their "can do" attitude and resolve to escape. He also found that they managed to keep spirits up by hosting plays and musical events for fellow prisoners.

    Inga Bowyer

    Roland Hiles 90th Div. USA 357th Infantry Div.

    Does anyone remember when the Germans tried to locate the radio receiver the Brits had in Stalag IVB at Muhlberg, Germany? I was a POW there in 1944, later shipped to Stalag 3B. They hid the radio in the bass fiddle which was part of a small band of musicians in the camp. I was with Coy L, 357th Infantry, 90th Division, US Army.

    Roland Hiles

    Tech/5 Philip R. Sheridan

    My great uncle, Philip R Sheridan, was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge and taken to Stalag 4B, Muhlberg, Sachsen in 1944, where he remained until the end of the war.

    Steve Brown

    William Yoder 8th Inf. Div. 28th Rgt, Coy C

    My father, William Yoder, served with 8th Infantry Div., 28th Rgt, 2nd Btn, Coy C, US Army. He was captured at the beginning of November 1944 and sent to Stalag 4B until April 1945. He was 30 years old. He was a coal miner before entering the army.

    Bill Yoder

    Peter Paul Grobler Signal Corps

    My late father was a POW at Stalag 4B (Bohlen), south of Leipzig until he was liberated by the Americans in May 1945. His POW number was 12787. Does anyone remember him?

    Jonathan Grobler

    James Wellman C Coy. 103rd Infantry Regiment

    My father served in WWII. He was in the 103rd Infantry, `C' Coy. He was captured on 3rd December 1944 and sent to Stalag IVB until 1945, when he was liberated. He died in 2002. Does anyone remember him?

    Pamela Connor

    Cpl. Joe Winterbottom 11th Hussars

    Cpl Joe Winterbottom was with the 11th Hussars and was wounded and captured. He was taken to Italy, then Mullenberg, Stalag 4b, which was his home for four years. We have many photos, a diary, and his POW tag PH61398743690.

    Glennie Gordon Highlanders

    My dad was in the Gordon Highlanders and landed on D-Day. He was wounded and captured and eventually ended up in Stalag 4b, where he was a POW for six months. His memory of the camp was of being hungry.

    James Glennie

    Pte. A. Marks Sherwood Foresters

    My grandfather, Pte A Marks of the Sherwood Foresters, was held in Stalag IVB. He was captured at Tobruk.

    Denise Marks

    Pte Orville Leroy Swingle

    Orville L. Swingle was a Private in the Army during World War II. Orville resided in Mushingum County, Ohio before enlisting on October 9, 1943. At the time of enlistment, Orville was 19 years old, had a grammar school education and was single, without dependents. One year later, Orville was captured by the Nazis while serving in Germany, and was sent to Stalag 4B near Muhlberg, Germany where 8,412 other American POWs were held. Orville's capture was first reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross on November 29, 1944, and the last report was made on July 14, 1945. Based on these two reports, Orville was imprisoned for at least 227 days (~8 months). The average duration of imprisonment was 363 days. Ultimately, Orville was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated.

    Dee Jenkins

    L/Cpl. Raymond Hawley 2nd Btn., C Coy. Sherwood Foresters

    My father-in-law Raymond Hawley, C Company, 2nd Btn Sherwood Foresters was captured at the Anzio landings and interned at Stalag 4B until liberation on St George's Day 1945.

    Bill Dalby

    Bernard Whitney O'Neil

    My uncle, Bernard Whitney O'Neil, was reported missing in action in Belgium on 21st December 1944 and ended up at Stalag IVB. I'm searching for details about his escape in March 1945, which led to his death.

    Peter Cipkowski

    Albert Martin 1st Btn. Durham Light Infantry

    My father, Albert Martin, was a professional soldier serving with the 1st Btn Durham Light Infantry. He was taken prisoner on the Greek island of Kos, in mid 1943 and sent to Stalag 4B. On the morning that the POWs discovered hat their German captors had fled, he took the swastika flag flying from the flag pole as a souvenir. Any other ex-British POWs out there?

    Dennis Martin

    William Silvester Worcestershire Regiment

    My great uncle was a prisoner in Stalag 4B. He served with the Worcestershire Regiment and was captured in the Middle East. If anybody remembers him or has photos please get in touch.

    Ian Roberts

    Archibald Smith 426 Bty. South Notts Hussars

    My father-in-law, Archie Smith, served with 426 Battery of the South Notts Hussars (107th RHA) in North Africa. He was captured at the battle of Knightsbridge and eventually ended up in Stalag IVB. Any information would be welcome.

    Andrew Kent

    Sgt. Charles Elmore Roach 106th

    I am searching for anyone who had contact with Sgt Charles Elmore Roach while in Stalag 4B. He was a radioman with the 106th.

    James C Roach

    Laurence Leishman 10th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

    My grandad was at Stalag 4B. His name was Laurence Leishman, he was in the 10th Btn. Royal Berkshire Rgt, 168th Brigade, 56th Division. Does anyone remember him?

    Lisa J Engelund

    Tom Barker 1st Btn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

    My regiment was 1st Btn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, and I was a resident in Stalag 4B for two of my four years as a POW. I was wounded and captured on Crete in June. For two years I worked slave labour, then Harry Tenny - who had been shot down during a raid - swapped identities with me so he could get back to the UK and the RAF, so that he could bomb Germany again. I told him "If you do come back to bomb, just look out for me wavin' me hanky and don't drop any near me."

    Tom Barker

    George Loughridge

    I was at Stalag 4B, possibly block 24b, if I recall it right in 1944-45 and worked at the Ripnitz Arbeitskommando Sandquarry and Kalkworks. Marched around the area for three weeks with my mate Pvte. Lancaster and others of our work crew in April 1945 when the Russians were approaching. I ended up with the Americans - at last - in freedom. Wondering if any of that group is still around.

    George Loughridge

    Tec. Jacob "Jake" Gerstner (d.7th March 1945)

    My uncle Tec Jacob `Jake' Gerstner was a POW in Stalag 4B. We were informed that he was taken from the barracks and not seen again. We would appreciate any other information that anyone may have about him or anyone who may have been with him in the camp. He was declared dead on 7th March 1945.

    Robert Gerstner

    Wallace Houghtaling

    My grandfather was Wallace Houghtaling. I've known for a number of years that he was a prisoner of war during WWII and that he escaped. I was visiting my mother today to discuss our family's genealogy and got talking about her father. She then mentioned his bible that a family friend (a garbageman) found at the dump. My guess is that his second wife threw it away after he died (I won't go there). In it he wrote what I believe to be his serial number. He also had written Stalag IV B 313430 (a serial number they gave him there?).

    My mother told me - which I didn't know - he was scheduled to be shot on 13th April 1943 or 1944 along with several others. He wrote the names of those he escaped with in the bible:

    Arthur C Peifer of Bloomington, IL; James Matilinos of Lowell, MA; Charles Bundy of Hina (?) KY; John D. Knappenburgh of Charleoi (?) PA.

    Does anybody have any information on the above number? Does anyone know about the escape or these escapees?

    There was another escapee named Clarance A Sterner from Monessen, PA.

    John Tiffany

    Pierre DeGroote

    My grandfather was a prisoner in 1941 and he made a lovely wooden box for his wife. He said, "a ma femme cherie en souvenir de ma captivite en allemagne muhlberg-ellir le 23 septembre 1941."

    De Groote

    James Balfour Irvine

    My grandfather was a South African soldier who ended up at Stalag 4B via an Italian camp after he was captured in Tobruk. I have all his letters, including telegrams from the Vatican radio listeners that they posted to my grandmother whenever they heard news of him. I have found the rehabilitation booklet which POWs were given on their return to civilisation.


    Earl Combs 38th Btn Armored Infantry

    My father, Earl Combs, 38th AIB, was a prisoner at Stalag 4B. He was taken prisoner at St. Vith on 22nd December 1944.

    Larry Combs

    Bernard "BD" Doucette

    My uncle, Bernard "BD" Doucette, and a man called Herbie Stark, were scouts who were shot and captured by the Nazis in the Ardennes Forest, near Montain in Northern Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge. It was Christmas Day 1944.

    He wound up in Stalag IVB. He was freed when Russian forces liberated the camp in April 1945. He was all of 23 years old and 80 lbs. If you knew my uncle or knew of him, I'd be thrilled to hear your story.

    Jim Morrison

    Herbie Stark

    Herbie Stark was a scout and was shot and captured by the Nazis in the Ardennes Forest, near Montain in Northern Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge. It was Christmas Day, 1944. He wound up in Stalag IVB.

    Pte. Walter Frederick "Wallu" Gates Silver star

    My Dad was in the Battle of the Bulge where he was captured by the German Army. He was at Stalag IV B as a POW. He received the Silver Star for gallantry in action and bravery fighting against the German Army to save fellow solders. He was buried at the Riverside National Cemetery with full honors. His name is Walter Frederick Gates. Died 01/12/1989

    William Gates

    George Frederick Hart Irish Guards

    My grandad, George Frederick Hart - Irish Guards - was captured at Anzio and taken to Stalag IVB. He never spoke about the war or his imprisonment right up to his death on 3rd September 1998.

    I have started researching my family tree and his wife has told me one of the few things he told her. He said that one day (referring to the liberation I expect) he awoke to find most of the Germans gone. He walked out of the gates with a lot of other people and they made their way to the American Lines. On the way there an American plane mistook them for Germans and started strafing them, killing several people. They retreated back to the camp and awaited the arrival of the liberating troops.

    Can anyone shed light on this story or on any information about George Frederick Hart that they may have.

    Ben Oakley

    T/5 William Webb Kemp

    My father, T/5 William Webb Kemp, was a POW in Stalag 4B. The only thing handed down from him about this place was that liberation was the day after FDR's death. Timely, too, as he nearly died of pneumonia and suffered frostbite problems for the rest of his life. I still have his POW dogtags.

    Bill Kemp

    L/Sgt Stafford Grenadier Guards

    Does anyone remember L/Sgt Stafford, Grenadier Guards, who was taken POW at Anzio and was held at Stalag IVB? His widow has a small metal plate on whch is stamped Stalag IVB and a number. Can anyone inform me of its purpose?


    I was in Stalag IVB in 1944. I was in the American Armed forces. The tag you refer to is the number and name assigned to a POW by the Germans. (Roland)

    Vic Axworthy

    Les Sysum

    My grandfather's name is Les Sysum, and I want to know if anybody remembers him. He was captured at Tobruk, spent time in Stalag IVB and was in the RAF.

    Mike Sysum

    L/Cpl. Robert Rickard

    My brother, L/Cpl Robert Rickard was, I believe, in Stalag IVB. He was sent to Dresden during the bombing. Does anyone remember him?

    Gerry Rickard

    George Monaghan Gordon Highlanders

    My father was a prisoner at Stalag IVB. His name was George Monaghan and he was, I think, in the Gordon Highlanders. Does anyone remember him?

    Kevun Monaghan

    Pte. Thomas Whittaker 4th Bgde. 1st Div

    My father, Pte. Thomas Whittaker, was dropped at Arnhem with the 10th Btn, 4th Brigade, 1st Division. He was captured and taken prisoner and sent to Stalag IVB at Muhlberg. Does anyone know where they flew from?

    Allan Whittaker

    Pte. G. D. Curnow Duke of Wellington's Rgt.

    My grandfather was captured at Anzio and taken to Stalag 4B in 1944. He was also at Stalag 7A. Does anyone remember him? He served first in the Essex Regiment.


    Pte. Sidney Thomas Stratton B Company 20th Battalion

    • Enlisted 13 July 1940,
    • entered camp 3 October 1940.
    • Embarked from New Zealand 1 February 1941,
    • disembarked Egypt 16 March 1941.
    • Posted to 20th Battalion 14 June 1941.
    • Involved in Operation Crusader November 1941, wounded and captured (piece of German mortar bomb removed 1990)
    • Shipped from Benghazi on POW ship `Jason', torpedoed HMS Porpoise 8 December 1941.
    • POW in Greece then Italy at various camps
    • Tuturano,
    • Gravina,
    • Montelupone,
    • Campotosto.
    • Released when Italy capitulated but recaptured by the Germans and taken by train to Germany.
    • Around April 1944 was in Stalag 4B Germany POW #267389.
    • Then Stalag 4G around June 1944.
    • Safe in UK 26 April 1945.
    • Arrived back in New Zealand 19 July 1945.
    • Discharged from Army 29 November 1945.

    Roger Stratton

    Bert "Cush" Richings

    I was a POW captured at Tobruk. I was always known by the nickname "Cush". I was in PG70 in Italy in a group of 26 until the Italians capitulated and was then taken by the Germans, by cattle truck through the Bremmer Pass, I think, to Stalag 4b, where all our heads were shaved. I was then sent in a party of 50 men to work in a quarry at a village named "Klinga". We 50 men spent the next three years together. I would love to hear from any of those chaps or their relations. I have two good photographs of PG70.

    Bert Richings

    Alfred Holt

    I am searching for details about my grandfather. He was known to have fought at Arnhem and was a POW in Stalag IVB. I believe he was a private, aged about 31. He was born in London and lived in Deptford. His wife's name was Annie. I am told that some years ago a colonel got in touch with my grandmother because he was writing a book about Arnhem and wished to speak to my grandfather about his experience.

    One lead I may have about my grandfather is from Mark at We found a Alfred Holt, POW No. 90489, transport section No. 3716068, A Company, 7th Btn King's Own Scottish Borderers. But I am not sure if this is my grandfather. Can anyone help, please?

    Alfred Holt

    Arthur "Blondie" Fowler East Kent Rgt (The Buffs)

    Arthur Fowler and his brother Charles Edward Fowler were captured in Italy and sent to Stalag IVB.

    Charles Edward Fowler East Kent Rgt (The Buffs)

    My grandad was in the Buffs (East Kent Rgt) during WWII. He and his brother were captured in Italy and transferred to Stalag IVB. My grandad's name was Charles Edward Fowler and his brother was Arthur (Blondie) Fowler. I believe that Arthur was injured when landing in Italy and my grandad would not leave him and they both were captured.

    Glenn Miller

    Pte. A. Marks Sherwood Foresters

    My grandfather Pte A. Marks was a Sherwood Forester, captured at Tobruk and taken to Stalag IVB. He was involved in an escape, and he and some others got as far as Lake Geneva before being recaptured by Italian soldiers (Italy had not yet surrendered). They were taken back to the camp.

    Denise marks

    Jocelyn Slater

    My uncle, Jocelyn Slater, spent two and a half years in POW camps. He was captured in North Africa in January 1943 and moved later that year to Stalag IVB, Germany. He was liberated by the Russians in April 1945. I have a group photo taken by a chaplain (according to the note on the back). The names mentioned are: Hazard, Maudster, Bellshaw (Belshaw), Boyle, Ostroff, Sgt Sullivan, Byrne, Aucock. (Spellings are approximate.)

    Dianne Slater-Longo

    Albert Ashbridge 1st Btn., B Coy Border Rgt.

    My uncle, Albert Ashbridge, was in the 1st Btn Border Regiment, 13 platoon, B Coy. He was captured during the airborne landings at Arnhem, sometime during September 1944. He was imprisoned at Stalags 4b and 4f.


    Owen Wright

    My dad was a POW in Stalag 4b. He was captured at Arnhem.


    Fred Heathfield

    I was a POW in Stalag 4b.

    Fred Heathfield

    George Arthur Jones 35 Squadron

    George Jones was a navigator with 35 Squadron and a POW in Stalag 4B.

    Fred Heathfield

    William Smith 101 Sqdn.

    At the Airforce Museum in New Zealand some letters have been left to us from William Smith, who served as a navigator in a Lancaster with 101 Squadron, RAF. He was shot down and captured after Christmas 1943 and was sent to Stalag IVB. While there he wrote to a young Polish woman by the name of Barbara Rawicz-Nowicka who had been captured after the Warsaw uprising. Does anyone have any information about Barbara?

    Karen Shephard

    Philip Green

    As a former POW at Stalag 1VB, I can tell you that it is a fact we were liberated by Russian "Forces". Actually, four scruffy Cossacks, riding on four tired nags, ambled up to the gates of the camp from where all German guards had disappeared. Following their arrival, we were asked to remain in the camp until arrangements were made to hand us over to American forces who were to meet us on the other side of the Elbe, at a barracks town named Riesa. This was done at the end of April 1945. There was no transport and we had to walk the whole distance (about 15 miles). Arriving at Riesa, before the Americans arrived, the Russians surrounded the town and would not allow anyone out. This was the Russian's plan to have handed over to them, a more or less equal number of ex-Russian prisoners and slave workers. It took roughly a week to accomplish, and on the day announced, the Allied ex-prisoners gathered at a field that was garlanded with flags and bunting. Speeches were made by Russian and American officers, following which we marched out to a waiting convoy of American Army lorries (and boy! were we glad to get on them.) While the poor Russians shuffled off to what was subsequently known as a further period of incarceration at the dreaded Gulags. The reason for this? Because Stalin was paranoid about Russians who had been taken prisoner and slave workers who had been forced to work in Germany. Stalin reckoned, with his perverted logic, that while these people were in German hands they had been infected with Western ideas!

    At any rate, I with many of my comrades were taken to Halle airport, given a meal that contained white bread!, which, after the black stuff given to us during our captivity, we believed to be cake! Then, off to Brussels and a day later RAF Cosford - England, home and beauty!

    Phil Green

    L. K. Turner

    My father was a POW in Stalag 4B, Prisoner No. 228501. Does anyone remember him?

    J. Turner

    Harry Fitzgerald 5th Btn. King's (Liverpool) Regiment

    Like many others, my dad Harry Fitzgerald never spoke a great deal about his time in Stalag 4b. He served in the 5th Btn King's (Liverpool) Regiment and was taken prisoner in Sicily in 1942 or 1943. If anyone remembers him I would be thrilled to hear from them. He had very red hair.

    Lorraine Fitzgerald

    Drvr. George Wilby Royal Army Service Corps

    I am trying to find anyone who may have known George Wilby, a driver in the RASC. He was in Stalags 4b and 4f. We have a dairy he kept for the full time he was a POW. There are no other names, unfortunately. While at 4f he worked in Rebech coal quarry.

    Kevin Bond

    PFC James Wellman

    My dad, James Wellman, was captured on 4th December 1944 and was held at Stalag 4B till July 1945. He was a PFC when captured. Does anyone know him or have information on this camp?

    Pam Conner

    Tony Gordon

    My father was at Stalag 4B, his name was Tony Gordon. I am looking for any information or anyone who knew him. He walked from Italy to Germany and was sent down the copper mines. That's all we know.

    Carole Stringer

    Raymond Atkinson

    My father was at Stalag 4B until the end of the war. His name is Raymond Atkinson. He was in tanks.

    M. Freeman

    Tim Carroll

    My Dad was also a POW and I found out this weekend that he was in Stalag 4B and Stalag 12A. My understanding is that he was liberated by the Russians in May 1945. Like many, he had little to say on the subject. He passed away in 1989.

    Tim Carroll

    Thomas Dawson

    My father was at Mulhberg (Stalag 4b) for two years. He was from Yorkshire, his name was Thomas Dawson. Does anyone remember him?

    P Larsen

    Raymond Basham

    My step-father Raymond Basham was at Stalag 4b for a year and a half. He died in 1992.

    Tom Dodge

    Albert Martin 1st Light AA Rgt. Royal Artillery

    My grandfather, Albert Martin served with the 1st Light Ack Ack regiment, and was a Desert Rat. He was captured on Kos, Greece and held in Stalag 4d in the latter part of the war.

    Louise Hawkes

    R. Clough 76 Sqdn.

    On 3rd November 1943 a Halifax Bomber (MP-T LK948) of 76 Squadron was shot down near Dusseldorf. The Mid Upper Gunner, Richard Walker Elder (my uncle) was killed. I would appreciate any further information relating to any crew member. Two crew members, Sergeants R. Clough 1488180 and A.E. Bristow 1394983, survived and were interned in Stalag 4b.


    A. E. Bristow 76 Sqdn.

    On 3rd November 1943 a Halifax Bomber (MP-T LK948) of 76 Squadron was shot down near Dusseldorf. The Mid Upper Gunner, Richard Walker Elder (my uncle) was killed. I would appreciate any further information relating to any crew member. Two crew members, Sergeants R. Clough 1488180 and A.E. Bristow 1394983, survived and were interned in Stalag 4b.


    Edward Bryzgod

    I am looking for anyone who knew Edward Bryzgod. He worked in the lumber mill at Stalag 4b. I found out that he saved a lot of grief by explaining in Polish that he and others were Americans because the Russians didn't know who they were. He was liberated on 7th May 1945.


    J. R. Dean 2nd Btn. Royal Leicestershire Regiment

    Does anyone remember 4860448 Private J.R. Dean, 2nd Battalion Royal Leicestershire Rgt. He was captured on Crete in May 1941 and was interned in Stalags IVB and IVC.

    L. Madill

    Sgt. Ernest Reginald "Ike" Baldwin Royal Engineers

    My grandfather was held at Stalag 4b after he was captured in North Africa.H is name was Ernest Reginald Baldwin (nickname Ike). He was a Sergent in the Royal Engineers and, from the start of the war up until 1942, he was a Drill Sergent at Ashford in Kent. If anyone remembers him or has any information about him or pictures etc of Stalag 4B it would be wonderful.

    Andy Headdon

    Denis Bankes

    I have in my possession a book from Stalag IVB library (it has the camp stamp inside it). It also has the name of Denis Bankes inside it, who I believe was at one stage the Catholic Chaplain for Stalag 4B. He managed, just, to survive the war and many years later (1960s) became the Catholic priest of my small home town in Yorkshire, England. Does anybody remember him or have any other information? I'm not sure if he was at 4B right to the end of the war. Possibly he was, as in the book he wrote 'received 7 Dec 1943.'

    Paul Downey

    Alan Adams 102 Sqdn.

    I was a POW in Stalag 4B from December 1943 until libererated by Russian Cossacks on 23rd April 1945. We were kept inside by the Russians, so on 6th May walked out with several other RAF chaps. I was billeted in the RAF compound in the centre of the camp. I was shot down over Frankfurt on Maine a midupper gunner on Halifax R for Robert DY (RAF Pocklington) 102 Squadron. There were many nationalties there. Made my way via crossing Weiser etc until contacting the Americans.

    Alan Adams

    Tommy Stockton 102 Sqdn.

    My late father Tommy Stockton was in Stalag IVb and also in 102 Squadron shot down over Rochfort, Belgium and was liberated by the Russians. I have a lttle book of names and addresses and what looks like his route home via Riesa, Halle, Brussels, Dunford, Cosford and home to Manchester. The Date at dthe top is May 23rd. Does anyone remember him?

    Julia Wilkinson

    Joe Maguire attch. 1st Btn Border Rgt., D Coy Royal Corps of Signals

    I am very interested in Stalag 4B because my dad, Joe Maguire HQ Co., Signals Pltn., att. D Coy., 1st Btn. Border Regt., 1st. Airborne, was in 4B. I know that he was at Dresden during the bombing as well, and probably in 11A. Any information will be appreciated. I know that on being liberated he and some others secured a German Merc and travelled back until the Americans forwarded them to the British Army. His POW number was 24938.

    Chris Maguire

    Paul Clyde Welch

    My late father, Paul Clyde Welch, was captured by German forces on 21st December 1944. He was detained at Stalag 4B, Muhlberg Sachsen, Germany. I don't know anything about him, so I'm interested in any information about him, about Stalag 4B, and any pictures of 4B.


    Robert Wagner

    My grandfather, Robert Wagner, was captured in Spa Belgium by the SS and taken after a considerable journey to Stalag 4B. He was set free by the Russians, taken to Halla and turned over to the Americans a month after they were turned over into Russian custody. I'd love to hear more about the Stalag, to hear what it was like.

    Jen Todd

    Sgt. Martin Potters

    Who remembers my father Sgt. Martin Potters? He was a POW from 1943 to June 1945. Does there exist any photograph of Stalag 4b2?

    Peter M Potters

    Orville Laverne "Ollie" Lorenz Bronze Star, etc. 78th Inf. Div. 310th Rgt., Coy "E"

    My dad was captured in Kesternich on 16th December 1944 and ended up in Stalag IV-B. His POW No was 314565 and, like most survivors, never talked about it. And like most of them he had lost about 70lbs!

    Ron Lorenz

    Sgt. Samuel Frank Gillette

    My father was a prisoner at Stalag IVB. His name was Sgt. Samuel Frank Gillette. He was there toward the end of the war and the liberation of the camp by the Russians.

    Sam Gillette

    Tech/4 Berless Carl "Bud" Fisher 589th Btn. 422nd Regiment

    My great uncle 'Bud' Fisher fought in the Battle of the Bulge with the 422nd Regiment, 106th Infantry Division. He was sent to Stalag IV-B in Mulbergh Sachsen and remained there until the Germans abandoned the camp to flee from the encroaching Russian Army. He never spoke of his experiences.

    J Mudd

    PFC Levi Eversole 422nd Infantry Regiment

    My dad, PFC Levi Eversole, US Army 106th, 422nd was captured in December 1944 in the Battle of the Bulge. He did not speak of his time in Stalag 4B. I have learned by researching on the net. If you have any memories of him, or any information, please contact me.

    Jerry Eversole

    Pte. Frank Elie Marett Transport Div. Imperial Light Horse (ILH) Rgt.

    Our father, Frank (Francis) Elie Marett lived in Benoni, South Africa at the start of WWII. He married Ethel Bamford in Pretoria and had a daughter Patricia Anne born September 1940.

    He signed up for duty and did his basic training at Zonderwater military camp in Cullinan east of Pretoria and in Barberton in the Eastern Transvaal. Sadly, as the saying goes: “Old Soldiers never die, they slowly fade away” - he left us at the age of 99 in 2008.

    Although he did not relate too much of the war days he did give little snippets from time to time. As far as can be remembered, he and his regiment left South Africa at the beginning of 1941 heading for Bulawayo in Rhodesia where they took possession of their Bedford Trucks that they would drive through Africa to Eritrea, Abyssinia and Somalia. Here they were loaded onto vessels to take them through the Suez Canal to Alexandria North Africa where they disembarked and regrouped. Their task was to supply the ground forces in the desert with provisions and ammunition against the German "Desert Fox" - Rommel.

    He did mention on one occasion their convoy stopping in the desert. The drivers and crew then lying on top of their vehicles which were loaded with explosives to watch a dog fight taking place above them.

    He was taken prisoner at Tobruk, along with many others, and marched through the desert to Tripoli. They were herded into the dirty holds of vessels and shipped across to Sicily then Italy.

    He was sent to a POW camp in Italy where he spent a short time working on vineyards before they were evacuated and transported north to Germany, ending up in Stalag IVB as a prisoner.

    He was fortunate to be sent to work underground on the coal mines shovelling the coal onto the conveyors which moved the coal to the surface; this was used to produce fuel for the German cause. He survived the ordeal and was released with the others at the end of the war. He was on the last train to arrive at Pretoria Station where he was reunited with his wife and daughter who was then five years old.

    John Marett

    Harry Frederick Muse Royal Artillery

    My father, Harry Muse, was a prisoner at Stalag IVB. He was captured at Anzio Beach Head after fighting in North Africa and then shipped out to Italy to help with the Allied advance. I don't know how long he was a prisoner in Stalag IVB but, along with another prisoner from Birmingham - Charlie Thornton - they escaped, only to be recaptured on 1st April by the Gestapo. Both were eventually transferred to a smaller camp Stalag IVF at Annaburg Bucholtz. Towards the end of the War my father escaped again to meet up with the advancing Americans.

    For six months after the War my father was in Venice being repatriated and doing what was known as mopping up operations. Unfortunately, my father never talked of fighting, indeed he talked of little about the War from the time he was enlisted in January 1942 until the end of the War in May 1945.

    Trevor Muse

    Cpl. Alfred Percy Wakeman Middlesex Regiment

    Percy Wakeman was my uncle and he was captured by the Wehrmacht after June 26th 1944 as I have a field service post card censored saying he is well only.

    I am in possession of his wartime issued bible which is stamped 4 Gepruft Stalag IV B. In this bible are paper snippets of messages from fellow American and British prisoners. These are the names and addresses of the the prisoners written in the blank pages of the bible.

    • Mr Anthony Palecki 3214 Tilton street Philadelphia 34 Pennsylvania USA
    • Wesley d Swibold 703 Valley Drive Syracuse New York USA
    • James f Ray RFD NO1 Box 946 Phenix City Alabama USA
    • Mr E Turner 17 Saxby street Lyme Road Brixton Hill S.W.2

    Although the following names are noted in the bible,Stalag X11 A is written at the top of this page so may have been his first camp which I believe was a Transit camp.

    • Mr Martin Lawrence 322 Main Street Binghampton New York USA also 499 Court Street Binghampton N.Y USA .
    • Mr R Cherry 13 The Crescent Bolton on Dern Nr. Rotherham Yorkshire.
    • Fred South 6 Baltic Terrace Wilton Park Nr Bishop Auckland County Durham.
    • Mr G. Barber 109 Elm Park Avenue Elm Park Romford Essex.

    I hope these names might help any of the above named prisoners relations information on finding out where the were held.

    Uncle Percy didn't say much about his experience at the camp but I remember him telling me he was captured in France and while on a transport train going back to Germany the train was attacked by allied aircraft and a lot of German soldiers were killed.He said he and the rest of the prisoners were ordered off the train and they thought they were all going to be shot. but he said that the soldiers were Wermacht and not SS which probably saved them.

    John Meedy

    L/Bombr. Harry Frederick Muse Royal Artillery

    Mt father, Harry Frederick Muse, escaped twice once from Stalag 4B and once from Stalag 4F where upon escaping he met up with the advancing American forces. He went back to help liberate Stalag 4F. Russian soldiers had already hung a number of German guards.

    The first time he escaped he was recaptured on the 1st of April by Gestapo and was lucky to survive, it was guards from the camp that came to his rescue. He escaped with others but I only know the name of one and that was Charlie Thornton another Brummie, as my father was a Brummie too.

    He was repatriated and sent to Venice for six months in mopping up operations.

    He was originally captured at Anzio Beach Head after having fought in North African for 2 years. He never talked about fighting, but told little stories of being a Prisoner of War and was at Stalag 4B when a German Messerschmidt Buzzed over the camp, but it couldn't pull out of the dive and crashed the plane, he said the whole camp cheered and laughed at that.

    Trevor Muse

    L/Cpl. Jack William Gray Green Howards

    My dad, Jack Grey, was a Lance Corporal in the Green Howards and, upon returning to his unit after exercises, his rifle was stolen on the train back to camp. He had done so well on the exercise, that he was promoted to sergeant and was presented to his commanding officer for his promotion. He then had to wait until all promotions were granted and then marched back in to the same commanding officer to be reprimanded for losing his rifle. He was immediately demoted back to lance corporal and had the distinction of being a sergeant for about 20 minutes.

    He was captured in North Africa and was among those soldiers addressed by Erwin Rommel who apologised to the POW's for handing them over to the Italian army for transport by cattle truck to Italy and, subsequently, to Stalag IVB.

    He survived the war but spent 9 months in a convalescent home. He died in 1983 at age 63 of a heart attack.

    Alan Gray

    L/Cpl. Peter Sidney Hamilton

    My father, Peter Sidney Hamilton, L/Cpl 93262 was a POW in Italy in 1943 at Sforzacosta Camp 53 near Macerata, along with his brother, Paul George Hamilton, L/Cpl 176162 who was with the Medical Corps. They escaped and Paul was shot soon after by the Germans during battle and is buried at the military cemetery at Ancona.

    My father, Peter, was transferred to Stalag 4B after he was recaptured by the Germans. Thereafter, it appears he escaped and was later recaptured by the Gestapo. After this, the story seems to fizzle out. My father passed on in 1999 aged 76.

    If anyone has any further information about either of these two men, it will be gratefully received.

    Barbara Georges

    Roman Fedorovich Lunev (d.2nd Jan 1943)

    My grandfather Lunev Roman Fedorovich was born in 1907 in a small Siberian village. He grew up in a large peasant family. After the Revolution of 1917, his father was deported. The property was taken away. My grandfather felled the forest. Worked on a tractor. He was taken to the war in early 1942. 25th of May 1942 together; Thousands of Soviet soldiers was captured by the Nazis and was transported to Germany to the Stalag camp 4B. Soviet prisoners were starved. They were not given water. People were drinking water from puddles. Because of such bad conditions, he died on 2nd of January 1943. All the dead were buried in trenches in a common cemetery. I really want to go to this cemetery and bow to the ashes of my native man. We learned about his fate only in 2008. My grandmother. My father and his brother died in ignorance of the fate of my husband and father. I am very proud of my grandfather. We all regret his bitter fate. Peace be with the soul and rest in The Kingdom of Heaven.

    Natalia A Luneva

    PFC. Paul E. Warner

    These are the reminisces of my Uncle Paul Warner as transcribed by his daughter Paula. Sadly Uncle Paul left us in 2007 but in the years just prior to his passing he had begun to speak of his time during the war. When I found the name of the camp he had been held at, I also came upon this wonderful site and with Paula's permission I share Uncle Paul's memories with you here.

    Paul was drafted in 1943 at the age of 18. After basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama he was assigned to the motor pool as a mechanic, and later assigned as a munitions bearer. In the later part of 1944 Paul was shipped to England, and eventually to Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. By this time he had been assigned to a mortar crew, and though untrained had learned quickly. During this time his unit was captured by the Germans and taken by truck to a railway station and loaded into a cattle car. They were given no food or water for the three days on route to Stalag 4B. While in the camp, he said they were normally given one bowl of potato soup each day, but on occasion they collected dandelions and made soup from them. He spoke of the German's working them in a factory, making ceramic tiles of some sort. Paul and several others would stack the tiles onto a conveyor belt, and he said that they found a way to stack the tiles so that they would eventually fall over on their own and break. When they woke up one day to find that the German's had abandoned the camp, he and several of his buddies took off together, eventually finding themselves in a small town in Czechoslovakia. The Russians were moving through the area at the time and Paul and the men he was with were nearly shot by a patrol because some of their clothing was from German uniforms. Luckily one of those with Paul spoke Polish as did one of the Russians and they were able to explain that they were Americans. They stayed in the town with a woman and her two daughters, Paul said they would steal food and share it with the women, until they were able to locate the American lines and rejoin them. Upon being returned to the United States, Paul spent the remainder of his enlistment at Fort Meade in Maryland.

    Kory L. Andrew

    Stf.Sgt. Samuel Francis Gillette Company C 242 Infantry Regiment

    Frank Gillette served with 242 Infantry Regiment, Company C. in Rainbow Division. He enlisted on the 23rd of August 1943 and sepnt 4 months as a Private including basic training. He was promoted to Sergeant and spent 21 months as a Squad leader before becoming a Staff Sargeant, and spending 2 months as Platoon Sargeant. He was a Troop Leader at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.

    He served with the 42nd Infantry Division in France, Luxembourg and Germany as a squad leader. Supervised eleven men in the capturing of enemy positions by directing and controlling their fire and movement. Was captured by the Germans and was a prisoner of war in Germany for four months and was liberated by the Russian Army on the 24th of April 1945. Was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge for efficiency as a rifleman. Frank was given an honorable discharge on the 30th of November 1945.

    Rebekah Ann Gillette

    Gnr. Kenneth Francis McGurk Royal Artillery

    My grandad, Kenneth Francis McGurk, was a POW in WW2, his POW number was 22208301. He was captured on 21st June 1942 at Tobruk and was taken to Italy, first to Camp 75 then to Camp 54. He escaped while in Italy after cutting the fence wire and remained free for three months, but was recaptured by three Italians and two German soldiers.

    He was then sent to Germany and was a POW from 7th March 1944 until 15th May 1944. He was first in Stalag 1VB then he was sent to Stalag 1VC where he worked at the Petrol Works, Brux from May 1944 to May 1945 and at an Air Raid Shelter, Halle from March 1944 to April 1944. He left the camp on a motorbike on 15th May 1944 with another man until they found some American soldiers.

    The names of other men he mentioned, although I am unsure if they were in his regiment at Tobruk, in Italy or in Germany with him, are Frank Revel, Ken Poulden and Kenneth Rochford.

    Eleanor J Paul

    Pfc Eldon Dewhirst William 109 Infantry Regiment (d.29th April 1945)

    My great uncle Eldon William was captured on 18th December 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. All I know is he was captured and taken to Muhlberg Stalag 4b. On 17th April 1945 he was transferred to Paris, France where he later died on 29th April 1945. I'm hoping to somehow find someone who served with him or something more about him.


    Sgt. Howard P. Gibson Reconnaissance Corps

    I don't know too much about my grandfather, Howard Gibson's service in WW2 except from tales from my father Colin. When growing up I had fond memories of my grandfather but he rarely talked about his experience in the war and his time at Stalag IVB.

    We know from the Ministry of Defence that Howard was in the Reconnaissance Corps and served in North Africa. He was the commander of a tank that was ambushed by the Germans and during this ambush one of the soldiers was killed instantly and another soldier was shot and killed by the Germans after trying to flee. Howard was the sole survivor from this attack and was then brought to POW camps in Italy and then later to Stalag IVB (POW number: 226644). It is rumoured that when captured he was inspected by Erwin Rommel, as he was keen to inspect captured soldiers to see what kind of condition they were in i.e. if they were low on food and ammunition etc. although I can't verify the authenticity of this part.

    Howard then married Jean and came to Sydney, Australia where they started a family. Howard was very skilled with his hands and started a successful plastics factory called Warringah Plastics which is still in operation today.

    Howard was born on 23rd September 1920 and sadly passed away in 2008. This text is a tribute to Howard Gibson and his legacy and to the other brave soldiers who managed to survive and start a new life in a foreign land despite all they had gone through.

    Martin Gibson

    Gnr. Bernard McMahon Royal Artillery

    I have been tracing my family tree for a number of years and came across Bernard McMahon. He was my 1st cousin once removed. He was listed as missing in action on the 2nd of June 1941 in Crete and was held as pow in Stalag 4b at Muhlberg (Elbe).

    Tom Potter

    Pte. Albert Edgard Pelling Wiltshire Regiment

    Bert Pelling was captured at or near Caen, France. He was a stretcher bearer who strayed picking up wounded. He was rounded up with others that had been captured and was moved across country to Stalag 4B Muhlberg (Elbe), where he was interned for a year.

    A married man with a wife in England. He returned home to England and had a good life with his wife Jean, they had 5 Kids. They emigrated to Australia in the 70s following the kids who had emigrated before them. He died in 2002 at Langwarrin near Frankston, Australia, Jean died not long after. Rest in Peace.

    Richard Pelling

    Cpl. John Arthur Howorth 4th Queen's Own Royal Hussars

    John Arthur Howorth, POW number 263889, was captured in 1942. I believe he was captured during the battle for Tobruk. This is my dad. He remained at Stalag IVb until the end of the war. Later he was in Malaya. Latterly he was to become a Staff Sergeant at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. I believe he joined the Army in 1930 and completed his service in 1958 having chosen not to accept a commission. He was in the 4th Hussars which was being amalgamated with other regiments at that time. After 28 years service, it was time for a change of career! He was a very proud soldier and like many others never talked in any detail about his wartime experiences. My dad sadly passed away in April 1978.

    Judith Howorth

    John Wyndham Parker

    My grandfather John Parker rarely talked about his experiences during POW camps in WW2 though I know that he was captured when fighting in North Africa and travelled in a ship for days where he was squashed in with many prisoners in horrendous conditions. He was taken to a camp in Italy but escaped. He was then caught and was sent to Stalag 4b POW camp. He was given a translation book which includes a phrase: "Please may I leave the camp?!" which as children (lacking understanding) we found funny. He said that the Italians were really dirty in comparison to the Germans. He said he survived the camps because he did not share his spoon with others. I believe he was in the camps for about 5 years in total. He died in 1991 when he was 80. We are so proud of him.

    Mary Richards

    Tpr. Samuel Gill Royal Armoured Corps

    Sam Gill and friends in Egypt

    My uncle Sam Gill spent some time at Stalag IVb having been captured at Tobruk fighting against Rommel troops. He also travelled to other camps, amongst them Stalag IVg Oschatz, Germany. I am reading notes that he left at his passing away about his experiences in these camps. He was away from home in Sheffield for about four and a half years.

    Terry Gill

    Kenneth Percival Waterhouse

    This is an excerpt from my late father-in-laws wartime diary, which we discovered after he passed away. Kenneth Percival Waterhouse, South African motor-mechanic, volunteered in 1940, went up to North Africa.
    • Captured by the Italians 15th June 1941 in rear guard from Gazala
    • Arrived Tripoli camp 27th June 1941
    • Left Tripoli 13th Nov 1941
    • Arrived Palermo 9 days later
    • Quarantined in Palermo camp for 15 days
    • Arrived in Chiavarri camp 11th December 1941
    • Left Chiavari Campo 52 8th July
    • Arrived Campo 73, Modena 9th July 1943
    • Left Campo 73 21st July 1943
    • Arrived Stalag IVb, Riega 23th July 1943
    • Left Stalag VIb 9th August 1943.
    • Arrived Stalag VIIIb, Lamsdorf 10th
    • Got news 23rd January 1945 Tripoli had been evacuated by the Axis forces Liberated by the Russians, treated as badly as the Nazis until handed over to the Yanks

    Robert Ecob

    Pte. Richard George Savage Royal Army Service Corps

    All we were told as children was that our Grandfather, Richard Savage at one stage had been missing, presumed dead, but in 1947 he returned home to Croydon. I have only just really started researching my grandfather's time during WWII. It turned out that he had been held as a POW in Stalag XX-B, and I believe also in Stalag IV-B. I have only just found out the info on his regiment and POW camp after posting the photo of him on facebook to see if anyone knew which cap badge it was, thankfully someone did. Apart from this little snippet I know very little more but will be now contacting the records office for anything they may have.

    Andy Lee

    Cpl. Martin W. Fischer 70th Tank Battalion

    My late grandfather, Martin Fischer, was at Stalag 4B. He was the third tank off the boat and the first tank to hit Normandy Beach. He told me on D-Day, they drove around for about eight hours then took a break in St. Mere Eglise. Their tank was hit there and set afire. They were captured. They walked for two to three months to get to the camp. He fell once and the only thing that saved his life was the fact his last name was the German spelling of Fischer.

    I am trying to find out a lot of information. Was he hurt at all, how did he deal, etc? If you know him, please contact me. I am his only grandchild, his daughter, my mother was an only child too, but she has passed on. Thank you.

    Kim Fjelstad Perry

    L/Sgt. Thomas McGuire Scots Guards

    Thomas McGuire is my grandfather and the person I am named after. Sadly he passed when I was only 16 and didn't yet realise what he had been through. He was initially missing presumed dead but was apparently held in Stalag 4B. Only now that I am entering my later years I realise what all of these people experienced. I bow my head to each and every one of them on all sides.

    May your god bless you and may you all rest in peace.

    Tom McGuire

    PFC Joe Edward "Red" Fortner Coy. I 317 Infantry Regiment

    Joe Fortner was captured 29th of November 1944 near Marienthal, France and was taken to Stalag IVB where he remained until liberated by the Red Army. He said they had little food. At some point he and a buddy shared a jar of yellow mustard which he never liked after that. He "volunteered" to work since they were promised better food. That consisted of a horse leg, which they threw out. He said a week later they retrieved the frozen leg & ate it. He shared that he and his buddy knew they were going to starve to death and had made a pack to escape and gathered what "provisions" they could. Thankfully they were liberated before they escaped.

    My father lived to be nearly 92 yrs old. He talked more about his experiences when he was older, but not so much when young. They were truly the Great Generation and lived through some very rough times. Those serving in the war, and those left in the States that loved them. My father and three of his brothers and several cousins all made it through. Many prayers were offered up for them by a loving mother.

    PFC. Ralph A. Mattox 26th Infantry Regiment

    My father Ralph Mattox went ashore on Omaha Beach in Normandy and was captured near St. Beth in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He spent the rest of the time in Stalag IV-B and was eventually liberated by the Russians.

    Dave Mattox

    Capt. William Brian de Laval "Doc" Lusk 5th Field Ambulance

    My dad, Brian Lusk was a New Zealand doctor at Stalag 4B. Towards the end of the war he got an infected leg and a friendly German doctor got him penicillin, which cured him. I'm told that when the guards opened the gates to let them free, dad escaped with another prisoner and the German doctor. They got pushbikes and rode through the mountains. Dad told me it was very beautiful. They threaded their way through all the refugees in vehicles, so they were able to travel faster. When they got to the American lines Dad and his prisoner mate walked up to the soldiers with the German doctor between them. "Don't shoot him," said Dad, "he's been kind to the prisoners." I'd like to meet the family of that German doctor to thank him for his care of my dad.

    Pete Lusk

    L/Cpl. Andrew Corbett Mavor Royal Signals

    My father, Andrew Mavor, flew into Normandy in a Dakota on D Day. He was a signals para assigned to the Canadian troops trained in the UK. The plane was hit. They went down over Villiers sur Mer and Gonville, Normandy. The survivors found themselves in enemy held territory with German troops all around. My dad stayed free for 5 days and then was captured and marched and trucked around until arriving at Stalag 4b in August. While there he met a magician who taught him well.... my dad later became a member of the Magic Circle. He was freed by Russian troops on 23rd of April 1945.

    Jean Synclaire

    Richard N. Huston

    My uncle Richard Huston was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge and transferred to Stalag IV B. He was held there until the Russians liberated them. He never talked much about his time there, except to say that he had been wounded in the neck and there was a doctor that helped him by washing the wound with water and putting a piece of brown paper on it to keep it covered and clean. I believe he said the doctor was from England.

    Cathie Silano

    Pte. James Cox 9th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

    My father James Cox was called to war in 1939. He was captured in the Western desert by the Italians in 1942. He was transported from there to Italy landing at Brindisi and moved in cattle trucks to Porto Georgia, changing trains and moved on to POW camp. He was moved again and arrived at Stalag B4 Muhlberg.

    Flt.Sgt. Edward Northard 90 Squadron

    Flight Sergeant Edward Northard was held in Stalag 4B.

    Martin Schwarzweller

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