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It is not possible to fully understand the history of the Second World War without refering to the forces of the Axis.

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Hermann MacGregor .     German Army

Hermann MacGregor was a POW interned in Sandyhillock POW camp in Craigellackie, Scotland. Presumably he was a carpenter because he was employed by the local carpenter in Knockando and installed a new stairway in Knockando Woolmill. The Woolmill has been recently refurbished but the stairway Hermann built is still in place. Hermann's father was a British POW in Germany in WW1 and stayed on in Germany and married a German girl, Hermann's mother. It would be wonderful to find relatives.

Arpad "Arpi" Magyar .       from Budapest, Hungary)

My grandfather, Arpad Magyar (`Arpi') a Hungarian, was a POW at Stuartfield POW camp, Mintlaw, Scotland, probably between 1943 and 1951. He came from Budapest, but was a displaced person after the war. Any information would be wonderful.

Rudolf Malikse .    

My grandfather Rudolf Malikse was a POW and held at Camp 188 in Jonstone, England according to a document I obtained. I was only able to find Johnstone Castle, Scotland on the internet pertaining to a POW Camp 188. I would like to know how to get information about his POW status in Camp 188. Can anyone be of assistance? Are there documents about this still in existance??

Fritz Manthey .     Wehrmacht 5 Kompanie 942 Grenedier Regiment   from Germany)

Fritz Manthey was 18-years old, a soldier in 1944? He did not learn to be a soldier, but the SS took him from home in Germany when he was 17 years old. He was forced to learn shooting at Normandy in 1944. He belonged to 353 Infanterie-Division, 5 Kompanie des Grenadier-Regiment 942, Grenadier-Ersatz-Batallion 9, Truppe: 14,15 or 16. Does anyone remember him, or have photos of soldiers at Caen, Mortain or St.Lo in 1944?

Santino Marcucci .     Italian Army

My dad Santino Marcucci was in the Italian Army in 1942 and was captured in a Greek hospital by the Germans. He became a POW.

Giuseppe Marino .       from Italy)

I have a friend whose father, Giuseppe Marino was an Italian POW in Camp 54 Hampton Lovett, Worc's, I am trying to get more information on the camp etc but cannot find any reference other than whats mentioned on your site, any links that I could follow would be appreciated

Werner Markow .    

My father Werner Markow was a German POW at Somerhill Camp, Tonbridge.

Fritz Mehl .     German Army

On December 7, 1947 my young mother, Elma Rivis, an ex-WAAF at Debden, died in Swindon, leaving me, Jimmy (Rivis) Wright (from a previous reltionship) and my two sisters (to my stepfather, H.R.Wright, a tank corps veteran wounded in Europe and recuperating in Kirkbymoorside, N.Yorks). I was brought back to my mother's home in Kirkbymoorside while my sisters were sent to my stepfather's parents in Chester. My grandfather, a well known builder/cabinetmaker, Harry Rivis of Kirkbymoorside arranged for me to live with a family whose teenage daughter had taken care of myself and my eldest sister when my mother was operating her hairdressing business prior to her death.

This young woman befriended a German POW Eden Camp 'trustee', named Fritz Mehl who was billeted on a Welburn farm nearby. They would take me for walks, possibly as a means of furthering their courtship, one which, for understandable reasons, was frowned upon by her father and, probably, residents of the village. Being a typical rebellious teenager and seeing just this handsome man who paid attention to her and not someone who was a POW from a warmongering nation trying to overtake the Britsh Isles by force, she continued to have a relationship with Fritz. He would cycle from Welburn to Kirkbymoorside to see his English girlfriend as well as go to village dances. A letter he wrote to me later shows that he took on somewhat of a fatherly role with me, then a 5-6 year old, little blond haired boy.

At one point Fritz, who originated in Berlin, told her that he 'had been a POW for 7 years in the UK'! This is startling news as he must have been captured around the time of the Battle of Britain. Like many other trusted POWs at Eden Camp near Malton, he was given the opportunity to work (and eventually reside). As the war drew to a successful end for Britain some POWs were repatriated. Fritz chose an option to stay but around 1948 he was forced to leave and go back to Germany, settling in with his sister in Otterndorf on the Elbe just North of Hamburg. His intention was to try to locate his parents in Berlin although this may have been an impossible task given that the city was severely bombed by the Allies and had been split up between the Russians and British forces, making access very difficult, especially for an ex-German military man.

This young woman, now in her mid 80s, whom Fritz had courted, still misses him despite having married and had a son. Fritz had resisted repatriation but their relationship was not to survive his forced removal. He wrote for a while, sending the photo of him leaning on the gate of his sister's residence, as well has having sent me a letter from Harwich as he awaited boarding a ship for the journey back to a decimated Germany. In this affectionate and parental letter (which I still possess), written in good English, he advised me to "... always be a good boy !"

I have made considerable effort to try to trace Fritz Mehl, without success as I had very little information to offer to the process. Ironically, in 1949 when my stepfather had remarried and gathered back my oldest sister and I to create a new family, we were posted to Germany and lived in Porta Westfalica, not too far south of where Fritz originally resettled. I have often wondered, more recently, where he was, had he survived and what he had done since leaving my young caregiver and I with nothing but our memories.

* I have, deliberately, left out my caregiver's name out of respect for her privacy. During my searches I never could reconcile, what I perceived to be, irreconcilable visual age differences between the two photographs of Fritz. He seems older in the photo with me than he does in the one by himmself.

Applications for information on Fritz Mehl from German authorities in Berlin only brought reference to someone of the same name who was in his 40s by the time the 2nd World War took place. This void of information remains a source of great dissatisfaction for me, especially as the then young lady concerned still holds out hope for information.

Meinel .     Wehrmacht Panzer Lehr   from Dresden)

My father was in Panzer Lehr. He was wounded and captured around Caen in 1944 by Canadian troops. He was transferred to the USA as a POW. He was from Dresden, so after his release in 1948, he went to the UK and settled in North Wales where he met and married my mother.

Ernst Muller .       from Germany)

My mother talked of two German prisoners of war and the family would like to know more about them or their families. We have photos of Harry Vogel and Ernst Muller. They worked on farms some of the time in England in County Durham.

Ercole Muti .     Italian Army

My father, Ercole Muti, was an Italian prisoner during WWII at Brahan Castle Camp. In honour of his sacrifice, I am researching and compiling whatever wartime records I am able to gather. I would be grateful for any records on him or any photographs of the camp.

Martin Müller .     Kriegsmarine U-35

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