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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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Obergefreiter Hans Teske .     German Army Fallschirmjager

There is today in England an extraordinary case of Fallschirmjager Obergefreiter Hans Teske who still remains a PoW to this day! He was taken prisoner in Tunisia in 1943 and imprisoned in Hill Hall Camp (Camp 116) near Epping, Essex and during his time there made several escape attempts. At the war's end he did not want to return to Germany as his home was now in Soviet held territory so the British allowed him to live outside the camp on a 12 monthly parole basis. In June he applied for a transfer to Kent and the officials removed his name from the list in Epping but for some reason did not put his name on their records in Kent. When he discovered the error he asked for his name to be put on the repatriation list but was refused. He continued his protests and lobbied his local Member of Parliament and several German ambassadors but to no avail and in 1970 decided not to pursue the matter so technically he is still a prisoner of war to this day!

Kurt Tonnes .     Luftwaffe

My great uncle Kurt Tonnes was short down by Monty's desert rats. If anyone has any further information about him please contact me.

Private Mario Tozzi .     Italian Army   from Lucera, Foggia, Italy)

Letter from Pte Norton4

I recently came into these old docs belonging to my grandfather, Private Mario Tozzi, 1922-1946, held prisoner at Dalmahoy 123 German Camp. We don't know very much about him, since he was very young when my mother was born (she was born on 1942 and he was already at the front) and died in 1946 after being sent back home because of a diagnosed TBC. He was born in Lucera (Foggia) in Southern Italy, served in the Italian Army and was in Scotland at 123 German Camp.

The letter was sent by a fellow mate, Private P.D.Norton(?) appearing on first page as sender, soon after he had been sent back home. The two were very close friends as it seems, and as a family we would like very much to have any sort of recollection, if any, about our grandfather. My mother never met him and all she has is in these documents. We'd like to have any contact of any sort with him (if living!) or his family. They could help us in shaping the memory of our grandfather.

We would be very grateful for any help. Please, feel free to contact me should anybody recognize him in this photo or help us decoding some passages of the letter we found so hard to understand (bad writing, old paper). It is signed Monsieur Norton but the heading, the handwriting and the fluency of his English lead to understand that in spite of this he was an English-speaker. Another hint was the stamp New Zealand, top-left. Can you help?

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