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Stalag 4D Torgue a/d Elbe


   Stalag 4d was situated at Torgau. This camp was a distribution facility for supplying the kommandos (work camps) with forced labour. It was situated in two separate buildings in the centre of Torgau.


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Stalag 4D Torgue a/d Elbe

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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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. Sydney Suffield Essex Regiment

My uncle Sid Suffield spent time in Annaburg POW camp (Stalag 4d). Previously he had been held by the Italians after being captured somewhere near Tobruck. When the Italians surrendered the prisoners were told by the officers to stay in the camp, the next day the Germans arrived and took them all to Germany. Towards the end of the war uncle Sid woke up one morning to find the German guards gone. Rather than hang about this time Sid and a friend left the camp and made their way towards Allied Lines. After the war Sid lived in Wales. Unfortunately, he died in 2010 at a rather grand age.

Ron Suffield

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

Pte. W. R. Devlin (d.4th April 1945)

Held in Stalag 4d


Pte. Ernest Geary The Royal Worcestershire Regiment

Held in Stalag 4d.


L/Cpl. Philip Giddings

Held in Stalag 4d.


Richard L. Jordan 23rd Infantry Division

Held in Stalag 4d.


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 Ďa cushy numberí. 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 Devlinís 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 POWís 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 othersí 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

Pte. David Walker

My Grandfather David Walker was captured at Tobruk and was prisoner of war in Italy and then he was taken to Germany. In Germany he was held in Stalag 4D. He never talked about his time in the POW camps. I am researching our family history and if anyone has any information about his time in either the Italian or German POW camps I would be grateful. He died when I was sixteen so I was never able to ask him about it

Karen Maloney

Sig. Harry Frederick Bailey Royal Signals

My brother Harry Bailey was captured on Cos in 1943 and was transported to Germany via Yugoslavia (in a cattle truck). I do not know if Stalag 4D was the only camp he was imprisoned in (I recall him saying he and other POWs were forced to march West at a late stage of the war). When he arrived back in the UK in 1945, he weighed only 7 stone and took some time to recover back to his normal weight (11 stone or so). I would be interested to get more information about Stalag 4D etc.

Stan Bailey

Teodor Semeniuk

My father-in-law, Teodor Semeniuk, passed away and my husbnad and I have been searching for any infomation that could lead us to his family. We have very little information other than he was born in Halyczowka (not sure where this is - Poland I think). We know he was captured on 1st September 1939 in Rybnik, Poland and sent to Stalag IVA at Hohenstein according to a list dated 28th September 1939. He was then sent to Stalag IVD in Torgau around 1944 according to a presence card dated August 1944. His Prisoner of War number is 3571.

Rita Semeniuk

Pte. Alfred Frederick Rollason 3rd Parachute Brigade Army Air Corps

POW notification

Confirmation letter Stalag 1VD

Alfred F Rollason, my father, enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 19th Feb 1942 which was converted to 8th (Midlands) Parachute Battalion. He trained as a paratrooper and earned his wings in January 1943. He was assigned to the HQ Defence Platoon of 3rd Parachute Brigade prior to D-Day, it is not certain whether he dropped in France by parachute or glider. His role was that of a 'runner' and his platoon were responsible for defending the Brigade HQ at Le Mesnil crossroads near Ranville in Normandy. It is unknown whether he was dropped in the correct zone and/or whether he actually made it to the HQ area, he was taken Prisoner of War on D-Day 6th June 1944.

By 30th Jul 1944 it was confirmed that he had arrived at Stalag X11A Limberg a 'transit' camp where new POW's were processed prior to being transferred to other camps. He left Limberg on the 25th Aug 1944 and was transferred to Stalag 1VD Torgau where he arrived on 13th Sept 1944. Torgau was an 'administratiion camp' that organised prisoners to be sent out to surrounding Arbeits Kommandos (Work Camps) to be used as forced labour. Alfred Rollason was sent to BE12 Bitterfeld where he was set to work in an open caste lignite (brown coal) mine Grube Golpa that fuelled a major power station.

He was liberated by the US army on 14th April 1945 as they moved east, he was eventually repatriated on 13th May 1945, where after a period of extended leave was posted to Royal Artillery, Kinmel Camp, North Wales on 4th Sept 1945 where he reverted to his trade as a carpenter and trained as a driver subsequently being demobbed and transferring to the Army Reserve on 18th Jan 1947.

Upon leaving the Torgau Prison Camp he collected a number of interesting literature souvenirs including a hand written camp magazine prepared by the prisoners, the Christmas pantomime programme, sample menus with listings of contents of the various red cross parcels and prison camp newspapers.

Tony Rollason

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