Images of Stalag 383
This picture, from 'Stolen Years: Australian prisoners of war' gives a good idea of the size of the camp, for up to 8000 prisoners.
It's why I initially had difficulty making out what the cover picture on 'Barbed Wire - Memories of Stalag 383 by M. N. McKibbin' represented, until I read about the size:
Update October 2014
Update August 2009
On the same site are photos from Stalag XXA, Thorn (Torun), Poland, some 173km south of Gdansk. Some men captured at Cassel were shipped off to this camp, and at least one was subsequently transferred to Stalag 383. Harry was initially interred in Poland before being moved to 383, was this also XXA? I'm hoping to get a copy of his POW record from The Red Cross or the MOD, see Veterans UK. Harry might have been very fortunate to have been moved to Germany, there are some horrific tales of the Russians holding Allied prisoners hostage for financial and economic 'credits' from the West. One account (scroll down to 'World War II') states that the US Government has verified that 23,500 American and other Allied POWs held by the Germans were never repatriated, is that possible? But another account indicates nothing but full cooperation from the Russians (link unfortunately lost).
Many other Google links at Stalag XXA and Stalag 383.
Update May 2003
Also another camp programme, this time for The Gondoliers and listing Harry as playing 'Vittoria'.
Update July 2002
|Kerry has a copy of the programme for one of the productions featured in Harry's photos - the Mikado at Christmas 1943 - seen on the left. Harry is mentioned in the programme as being a cast member, something I was unaware of. The Mikado necessitated very heavy makeup, so even though there is every possibility that Harry is actually in one of the photos I am unlikely to determine where, but I am very grateful to Kerry for bringing it to my attention.|
Also in Harry's collection are these caricatures of 'Camp Personalities':
The following pictures were sent to me by Ian Martin and from a set of about 50 that belonged to his Father, John 'Jock' Martin of Stirling, Scotland. In the first picture Ian's Father is in the centre holding the newspaper, believed to be a copy of 'The Camp'.
These pictures are from Ed Webster, his father was in the gymnastics team. There are interesting similarities between the first picture in Ian Martin's set and the first in Ed's:
© Copyright Ian Martin, Ed Webster, Kerry Single