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Stalag 4g Oschatz

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    Stalag 4g Oschatz

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    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

    Gnr. Harold Forden 124 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    My deceased Father was in Stalag 4g I have found out some info on the camp but not that much. As you can see my Father was a gunner in the Royal Artillery during WW2. He saw action at Dunkirk & Africa before being captured at the fall of Tobruk.

    Gunner Harold Forden, Royal Artillery

    Enlisted into Royal Artillery Regular Army & posted to Depot 04/01/39

    Posted to 1st Training Regiment 11/01/39

    Posted to 22nd Field Regiment 15/04/39

    Posted to 1st General Base Depot 19/04/40

    Posted to 3rd Division 10/06/40

    Posted to 76th (Highland) Field Regiment 11/06/40

    Posted to Depot 21/06/40

    Posted to 2nd Reserve Regiment 22/06/40

    Posted to 124 Field Regiment 26/06/40

    Reported Missing 20/06/42

    Confirmed Prisoner of War 13/01/43

    Repatriated to UK 14/05/45

    Posted to 202 Field Regiment 12/07/45

    Attached to Chillwell Motor Transport Group 02/08/45

    Posted to 2nd Motor Transport Group 22/08/45

    Released to Army Reserve 11/07/46

    Discharged from Reserve Liability 30 June 1959

    Auth: Navy, Army and Air Forces Reserve Act 1959

    Service with Colours: 04/01/39 to 10/07/46

    Overseas Service:

    British Expeditionary Force 02/10/39 to 01/06/40

    Middle East Force 19/05/41 to 30/11/41

    Iraq 01/12/41 to 12/02/42

    Egypt 13/02/42 to 19/06/42

    Prisoner of War 20/06/42 to 13/05/45 Italy, Germany Stalag 4b and 4g

    Dad was prisoner of war in Italy, but no records show which camp. He may have been kept in North Africa for some time, before going over to Italy. They were usually shipped into Italy via Benghazi or Brindisi. . After Italy surrendered they were transferred to Austria or Germany. Dad was held in Stalag 4B. The camp opened Oct.39. & was Liberated 23rd April 45. It was located in Muhlberg district 4. he was transferred to 4G on 14/10/43 This was at Oschatz eastern Germany, to the south east of Leipzig, in the direction of Meissen & Dresden & near to the south west of Muhlberg. There were only 20 men permanently based in the camp, the other 4,400 were out on working parties on farms, factories, mines etc.

    Stalag 4G was an administrative and holding centre and most of the POWs were assigned to work parties (arbeits kommandos).

    Any information, photographs of 4g would be greatly appreciated.

    Paul Forden

    Pfc. Elden Elmore "Harpo" Marks 422 Infantry Regiment

    Eldon Marks was a Prisoner of War, captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He was held at Stalag 4G Muhlberg, Germany for 6 months.

    Pat Ware

    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

    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

    George Edward Crellin 15th IoM Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, 129th Batte Royal Artillery

    My late father, George Edward Crellin was with the 129th Battery, 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. The 129th was raised on the IOM just before war broke out. He was one of the many soldiers and officers of the 129th captured in Crete (only 1 officer and 30 soldiers escaped capture). He eventually ended up in Germany and was in Stalag 3D from August 1941 to October 1943, then Stalag 4G from November 1943 to April 1945. During his time as a POW he was in several work parties. e.g. at a stone quarry. Along with many of his fellow Manx POWs, my father died young and probably as a result of the harsh treatment received. I would be very grateful for any further information about my father, the camps and about the liberation of Stalag 4G.

    Ann Graham

    George Collis Royal Engineers

    My father was a POW in Stalag XXA Torun between 1944 and 1945. He was captured at Gazala on 27th May 1942. He spent several years in Italian POW Camps, was later transferred to Stalag IVG and ended up in Stalag XXA in 1944.

    Chris Collis

    Pte. Bernard Skerry 9th Parachute Btn. Army Air Corps

    My father was at Stalag IVG and worked at Leipzig Gasworks. It is believed he was billeted at Camp 271 Leipzig West. He survived the war after escaping from a moving POW column moving west from the Russian advance in Leipzig area.

    Peter Skerry

    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

    MacInnes 8th Btn. Royal Scots Rgt.

    My father started his POW status in Stalag 12a, later moving to Stalag 4g and finally to Liepzig. He escaped on the march with some others and was finally picked up by American soldiers and treated to some long-awaited luxuries.

    Trpr. George Thomas Palfrey Tank Corps

    My dad was Trooper George T. Palfrey in the Eight Army captured at Tobrook in May 1941 (I believe) then taken by boat to Italy, and sent onto Germany. My dad as far as I know from a rubber stamp on the back of a photo that my cousin phoned me about on Sunday, was also in Stalag IVG. Dad worked in quarries for three and half years, and it upsets me to even write about it. But I want to make a visit to where the camp was, as dad, who would have been 100 years old this coming November, always wanted to go back. He was not able to as that part of Germany was behind the Iron Curtain then. All that I know is that the POW Camp that dad was in was close to Leipzig, and now I have this camp number from the back of an old photo.

    That little photo, of my cousin George who was 4 months old when it was taken, was carried by my dad all through those terrible times and also has an Italian stamp on it. Sadly his sister, George's mum, died while having another baby 18 months later. Dad was not told until he returned to England.

    Terry Palfrey

    Fus. Thomas Entwistle Royal Irish Fusiliers

    My father Thomas Entwistle did not speak much about his service. I have some of his Medals including the Africa Star and other Star Medals. His POW No was 267902 from Stalag IV, Oschatz, Saxony. I am not sure if these details are correct.


    L/Cpl. Frederick Norman Horne

    Frederick Horne was captured in Malta and held in a POW camp IV-G in Oschatz, Saxony. POW number 267875

    Nigel Horne

    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

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