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STALAG XIIIC Hammelburg am Main Germany

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    STALAG XIIIC Hammelburg am Main Germany

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    Pvt. John W Brown 644th Tank Destroyer Btn.

    I am trying to find information on my grandfather, John W. Brown from NC and his time in Camp Stalag 13c. He was in the 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 2nd Armd Div. He was captuered during the Battle of the Bulge. If anyone has any information please contact me.

    Nathan Brown

    Sgt. Osgar McGregor Tawse 2/15th Btn.

    Osgar Towse was captured during Benghazi Handicap in Libya during 1941. He was transferred as POW from Camp 19 Italy to Stalag XIIIc between 6 October 1943 and 30 December 1943. He was liberated in April 1945 and disembarked in England 13th April 1945.

    Pvt. Edward Otis Co. B 393rd Infantry Regiment

    My Grandfather Edward Otis served with Co. B, 393rd Inf. in 99th Infantry Division. He was held in Stalag 13c from Dec. 16, 1944 to April 1945. I would like to know how I can get a hold of the POW Camp records of Stalag 13C, so I can vertify that he was actually there and when and if he had a job there and what it was. So I can add it to my research on his time in WW2. If anyone knows who or where I am to write to get the info please contact me thru email. Thank you for anyone's help in this.

    Cindy Gebhart

    Pfc. Grover Cleveland "Jack" Humphreys 2nd Division

    My Daddy, Grover Humphreys was drafted as a very young man leaving family, wife and "Baby Sandy" behind. I have no recall of that time period, only what I was told and later read about in newspaper articles and personal effects. While reading a local newspaper article today, June 6, 2011 marking 67 years since more than 160,000 Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy France, to fight Nazi forces in WW2, I was taken back in time.

    Although my Father was not part of that dreadful invasion, he was later captured by the Nazi's during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944 and taken by rail to the infamous German Prisoner of War camp known as Stalag 13C. He remained there for 4 months in a German Labor Battalion. My Daddy didn't like those arrangements very much, so he and 25 other Americans decided to "make a break for it"! Having heard American artillery fire for 2 weeks, the prisoners divided into small groups to make their way to the American lines.

    My Daddy along with two other GI's made their way to a railroad tunnel, where French forced laborers gave them civilian clothing and they were able to hide for six days from the Nazi soldiers searching for them. They waited in the tunnel until they knew the artillery fire was close. With the aid of directions from the French, but "mostly on their own" (men don't like to ask for directions, you know), they were able to make it safely to the American lines. They had no idea how very close they actually were, as it took only 45 minutes to walk to freedom at the American line! Hungry, weary, frozen and injured, they were exhilarated beyond belief to see their own. My Father's statement to the newspaper states,that he "shook hands with a Major and then the next thing I remember is eating some good food!"

    My Mother received a cablegram from him on April 11th letting her know he was well and safe. Up until that point, all she knew was that he was reported as Missing in Action and then as a POW.

    With other prisoners, he arrived in New York April 21, 1945 on a ship. As he and the other men stood at the railing and gazed at the light burning in the Statue of Liberty, they were "too choked up to say anything, but we were all very happy!". He earned the Combat Infantryman's badge, Good Conduct and a Purple Heart.

    This entry is just a small tribute to our very brave young Father, Mother and family and all who served and died in that world changing war.

    Sandra H Mason

    Gnr. Alec Roy "Spenny" Spencer Royal Artillery

    My Dad, Alec Spencer was in the Royal Artillery and unfortunately died in 1974. All my life and that of my brothers he did not want to talk about his experiences of the war or his time as a P.O.W. in Stalag XIII-C. He was a member of the Stalag 13 association, so maybe someone else can remember this association and memories that went with it?

    Mark Spencer

    Pte. William Grant Cameron 4th Btn. Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

    My grandfather's name wass William Grant Cameron but was mainly known as "Willie Cameron" to those who knew him. He was born and raised in Dalwhinnie, Scotland. After the war when he married, he lived and raised his family in Ballinluig, Scotland.

    During the war he served as a part of the 4th Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, 152 Brigade, 51st Division. He was a POW in the Stalag IXC camp but was also a part of various work parties, so I don't think he spent most off his time in stalag IXC. He does mention in his diary that after being caught after escaping he spent 17 days in Stalag XIII C, then briefly retured to IXC before being sent to a punishment camp for 10 weeks. He had 3 escape attempts and had a mention in dispatches in the London Gazette for these attempts.

    In his diary he does have various names and addresses of other prisoners:

    • Fred Larter (Sydney, Australia)
    • Ronald K Kentwell (Sydney Australia)
    • Jack Banks (Australia)
    • Keith H Hooper (Victoria, Australia)
    • Tom H Bennett (XIII C} (POW No: 10495) (Helensburgh, Australia)
    • Frank Connery (Sydney Australia)
    • Johnstone B Miller (POW No: 5226) (Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland)
    • William Wilson (POW No:30508) (Glasgow, Scotland)
    • George D Fowler (POW No: 763) (Falkirk, Scotland)

    There are some other names but it's hard to make them out. If anyones knows anything about William Grant Cameron (Willie) or know of any possible cross references of his name in other POW diaries then I'd love to hear from you.


    PFC. Nicholas P. Spagnola 106th Golden Lions

    My father Nick Spagnola is still alive and well at 87. He was caught at the Battle of the Bulge. He was is Stalag 13C to end of war. Dad talks of not much food and one German soldier he called, and still does, Silent Smith. If you have any questions Dad would be happy to help best he can his memories are fading but still a wealth of knowledge.

    Pte. Ansel Al Apfelbaum Infantry

    My Uncle, Ansel "Al" Apfelbaum was held in Stalag 13C. He never spoke about this to any of the family, so no other specific stories are available.

    Dan Schwartz

    SGT James C "JC" Ricks 106th Infantry Division

    My Grandfather James Ricks did not talk of the war much. While a prisoner in Germany from 12/16/1944 to 04/29/1945 he had to march many miles in the snow. he had traded his boots for some eggs so his feet became frost bitten and would have been removed had they had the right tools to do it with. When he returned home to Georgia he became a United States Postal carrier.His feet gave him terrible problems for years. he built my Great Grandmothers house by himself, and sitting as much as possible. He was in Stalag 13C Hammelburg Om Main Bavaria 50-10.

    Michelle Voigt

    Cpl. Percy Charles Barnard Essex Regiment

    Essex Newsman, Friday 17 December 1943. Chelmsford Wounded and Missing: Mr.and Mrs. F.W. Barnard, Broomfield Road, have received official news that their youngest son, Cpl. Percy C. Barnard, Essex Regt., has been wounded and is missing in the Mediterranean theatre of war. He is 22, and had three birthdays in the Middle East. Being a Territorial, he was called up at the out-break of war. He was employed by Messrs. J. Debnam and Sons, tobacconists and hairdressers.

    The Essex Chronicle, Friday 27 April 1945 War Report Free at Last, Essex Prisoners of War Come Home

    Chelmsford POW Home: Mr and Mrs F.W. Barnard, of 7 Coopers Row, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, have received word from their youngest son, Corporal Percy Charles Barnard, that he has been liberated and is in hospital in this country. Percy was taken prisoner while with the 1/15th Essex Regt., in Italy in November, 1943, when he was wounded. He writes that he is in the best of health and hopes to be home shortly. He was liberated by the Americans while in Stalag 13c.

    Ashley Barnard

    Pte. Ronald Adrian Player 2/1st Field Ambulance Royal Australian Medical Corps

    My father, Ronald Player, was an ambulance driver in WWII. He was captured in Crete by the Germans in May 1941 and then was a prisoner of war in Stalag XIIIC camp until repatriated in early 1944.

    Mark Player

    Pte. Alfred Abdallah 2/6th Batt

    My grandfather Alfred Abdallah was a prisoner of War from June 1941 and was captured in Crete and then held in South Baveria, Germany - Stalag X111C until April 1945.

    Donna Howat

    Lt. Shalwa Koroshinadze

    My grandfather Koroshinadze Shalwa, Georgian Lieutenant, was caught at Baxan on the 27th of September 1941 and was sent first to Stalag 367 then to Stalag 13C. His number was 11181. I've searched for documents and turned out that he was escaped from Stalag 13C on the 18th of August 1944 and was not caught. A document about his successful escape was sent to Wermacht Wast only in 5th of December 1944. Maybe he has any information about this fact or person? This is my grand fathers finite trace, we know nothing after that.

    Ia Koroshinadze

    Percy H. Silcox

    I recently discovered that my Grandfather, Percy H. Silcox from Alabama, was a POW at Stalag 13C, Hammelburg Om Main, Bavaria 50-1. I have very little information regard his time there. If anyone has any information please contact me.

    Amanda Smith

    PFC. Harvey D. Vershum 23rd Infantry Regiment, Coy B

    Harvey Vershum was a POW at Stalag XIII-C having been captured at the Battle of the Bulge.

    Jim Walters

    Harry Little

    My father, Harry Little, survived the sinking of SS Orama. He was a POW in Stalag 13.

    R Little

    Eddie Mortell

    My great uncle was a POW in Stalag XIIIc in 1941.


    Pte. Richard Shreeve 2/11st Infantry Btn

    My grandfather Richard Shreeve was a private in the Australian Army in the 2/11 battalion. He was on Crete and was wounded in the arm but left the hospital to continue fighting up north where he was captured and became a POW. He spent many years in Stalag XIIIC in Germnay.

    In 1945 they marched from Stettonlenlan on 1st April 1945. He escaped from Hofheim on 3rd April and reached Bad-Neustradelals on 8th April 1945, Bad Kissengen on 9th April, Manneheim on 10th, Paris on 11th April, Le Havre on 13th April and then went to St Andrews School in Sussex, England. He made a compass out of his toothpaste/brush holder.

    Sharon Shreeve

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