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UK POW CAMPS

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by GRW, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    I posted a list of these in the MC forums, and it seemed quite popular. I've done an improved version (camps put into the appropriate MODERN local authority areas) for an article I did for another forum.
    Rather than re-type the entire list, you can read it here


    Any errors or omissions, please let me know.

    Regards,
    Gordon
     
  2. TheRedBaron

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    Dont know if this is rite but...

    A friend of mine went to Wrexham Uni (or poly or whatever they called it) and she was tiold that her halls (old wooden huts) were an ex-Italian POW camp... There was a load of these long wooden huts and when I visited in the early 90's it did look like a POW camp...

    Then again most of Wrexham look like one... ;)
     
  3. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Gordon - many thanks indeed for the link and the work behind it.

    This is a neglected area of WWII research and in fact, I've only ever seen the 'ATB' articles which you credit.

    I shall be browsing through your article at my leisure !
     
  4. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Wouldn't be surprised mate. I can think of a few old Bevan Boy camps which are still used as industrial estates/offices, so why not a pow camp?

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  5. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Cheers Martin,
    Glad you liked it. You're right about this area being neglected-I'm still trying to get my hands on a copy of "A Taste Of Freedom", which is why I had to (over)rely on ATB.
    Another good book is "Collar the Lot!" (forget the authors), which is the story behind Britain's detention policy for illegal aliens in ww2. Basically, an unfinished pre-war housing estate in Douglas, IoM was turned into one big detention camp Warsaw-ghetto style, but without the atrocities. A lot of these people were shipped off to remote parts of the Empire, before the policy was relaxed enough to let them join the Allied forces, and then scrapped altogether.
    Good article there for someone else with a bit of time on their hands..........

    Regards,

    Gordon
     
  6. Deep Web Diver

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    Thank you for the link to your very interesting article Gordon.
     
  7. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    no probs, Deep.
    Just finished a similar list of WW1 camps in Britain, but due to the complete lack of info. on the subject there's no accompanying text. Looking for somewhere to post it, but not sure this is the right place. Maybe I'll just risk it anyway ;) ....

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    Gordon
     
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    It's curious, but now that you mention it I don't think I have ever seen anything - other than a fictional piece or two - about WWI POWs. A complete lack of information indeed. If you don't post it here, please post a link to the site where your article will be.

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