Cotton bandages of various widths were available, and we used to wash the soiled ones to use again. By Eric Stephenson German POW camps of WW II are hard to locate today. We stayed there a second day and had a very heavy sick parade that day. Canada operated prison camps for interned civilians during the First and Second World Wars, and for 34,000 combatant German prisoners of war (POWs) during the Second World War. Canada operated prison camps for interned civilians during the First and Second World Wars, and for 34,000 combatant German prisoners of war (POWs) during the Second World War. You can also buy the book by clicking on the buttons to the left. A POW got drunk on “kriegie hooch” (made from raisins from Australian bulk issue; soaked in water; the raisins had a crust of sugar and yeast and this fermented). handed out on a room by room basis. Bad luck! Where the nails came from is a mystery but I bet the huts would not stand up in a storm when we left! The Three Great Pandemics, Syphilis – Its early history and Treatment until Penicillin and the Debate on its Origins, History of Tuberculosis. Headaches and minor aches got APC tablets. We only had one slice of bread for breakfast and had to march 15 km that day but we were able to hitch our cart to a horse drawn wagon going our way. Street names were German and even the His great philosophy was “patients get better in spite of our efforts and not always because of it” and “Nature had been at this game (of practicing medicine) for a long time and is very good at it.”. Australian BulkThis came 3 or 4 times per week while I was at   Belaria.It was mostly dried fruit like sultanas, raisins,   apple, pear, currants and sugar and was shared out on a weight basis for each   man by the ‘catering officer’, a man    detailed by the Senior British Officer (SBO) to do the job of   controlling the issue of Red Cross Parcels.    The Aussies bulk raisins used to get crusty on the outside of the   fruit (long time travelling) and yeasty and this was very useful to make   alcoholic brew which had quite a kick to it. This article is a list of prisoner-of-war camps in Germany (and in German occupied territory) during any conflict. The usual form of transport was by train and the length of the journey depended on both the distance to travel and the number of times the train would be shunted into a siding to make way for a passing troop train. It had been planned by Goering himself as a “super” camp because he was a WWI flyer himself. The following article on German POW camps in World War Two is an excerpt from Barrett Tillman’ D-Day Encyclopedia. However, the tins of meat by Fray Bentos from Argentina were sealed with tin solder. Wemer then became Adjutant and had a Leutnant as Abwehr (Defence) Officer and he was in charge of Felwebel Glemnitz and seceral “ferrets”. Erysipelas…2 or 3 cases occurred and responded to hot dry packs and Prontosil. On another was a playing field area, also surrounded by barbed wire. The camps provided many facilities families required including doctors and schools which offered American, Japanese, or German lessons. Camp Gordon Johnston, which was built in September 1941, was only in use until 1946. We were assembled in 2 large sheds where we found kriegies from East Camp. 27%. We could not rely on regularity of supply of any of these unless the Luftwaffe agreed to help us out. Well how are things at Spilsby”…my home base. We were very fortunate at Belaria and indeed at Stalag Luft 3 generally. Initially in charge was Hauptman Wemer until the number of POW’s grew and the Oberst (Colonel) arrived. Cit. In the United States at the end of World War II, there were prisoner-of-war camps, including 175 Branch Camps serving 511 Area Camps containing over 425,000 prisoners of war (mostly German). The 16 survivors were picked up by an American destroyer and, like hundreds of thousands of other German soldiers, sailors and fliers, were placed in a stateside POW camp for the duration of the Second World War. The SBO walked up and down the column to keep an eye on things and the Oberst (Camp  Commandant at Belaria) drove his car with the adjutant periodically up and down the column. Oflags (ringed in red on the map) were German prison camps for officers while Stalags (ringed in blue) were for both officers and enlisted men. All this time the 400 or so US Army Air Corps who had shared Belaria with us had been our companions but now the Germans separated us and moved them off in a different direction. This plaster was removed in mid February and I will always be GRATEFUL TO PETE Brewer for his efforts with my rehabilitation. The more severe and those who were pyrexial would be admitted to the Lazaret. Otherwise mobilise slowly with food from the invalid comfort parcels. Most of these are self-explanatory and are referred to in the text. Since the Red Cross parcels came from Geneva, we realised supplies would drop off so we tried to store food. Because he spoke German, Geoff Cornish and one med. He became so anxious that he organised a “Fire Drill” team consisting of the patient in the bed next to him having a large cardboard fan while on the other side was a patient with a huge chunk of cotton wool and a basin of cold water. German POWs in the USSR. Daily routine varied from camp to camp but all prisoners would be expected to parade at least once daily for a roll-call. To do this, the Germans had separated off some huts to form their admin centre or vorlager and then surrounded the remaining huts with a double row of barbed wire, about 4 metres high, with a gap of a metre between the rows. Apart from the camp doctor, CAPT Monteuuis RAMC, who was captured at St Valery in 1940, there was an Australian medical student who had been a Hampden pilot, Geoff Cornish. The German doctor was Stabs. The leg had had a walking plaster put on and a heel made of wood with a piece of rubber tyre covering it. Most People In Colorado Don’t Know About Our Old German POW Camp For most of our readers, the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the uncertainties surrounding it may go down in history as one of the most trying times in our lives, thanks to not only the health aspect but also the astronomical unemployment rate and being cooped up in our homes for months at a time. These were either Unteroffiziers or Gefreiters (Corporal or Soldiers) who wore blue dungarees with a belt and a small Mauser pistol. The POW camps at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, Alberta, were the largest in North America.. Camps for Civilians . ...for possible inclusion in JMVH. The third side was eventually used to build extra huts as the camp was expanded to accommodate extra prisoners. In the ensuing melee the POW w back to his hut but was shot in the stomach and was taken to hospital. This was a POW camp for Allied Officers who were flying personnel. How many thousands depends on who you ask. This was completely a pose. Even so, a small proportion of POWs did not take part and “turned their faces to the wall”. Major camps, as well as camps mentioned throughout the exhibit, are indicated on this map. Our supply of aspirins and APC went down very rapidly. The German staff were members of the Luftwaffe. The German POW camps in Michigan were an interesting part of Michigan's history that I am glad to have found. And of course “D&V”; the squitters, colleywobbles, Montezuma’s revenge. Urinary Infections received mist. 2 This figure, when compared with the 8,348 Western Allied prisoners who died in German POW camps (of a total of 232,000) starkly demonstrates the radically different treatment given to both groups. This page was last edited on 14 July 2020, at 16:09 (UTC). He had an old compound fracture of be thigh, which took a hell of a long time to heal and was obviously very painful, but he did not complain once and always had a grin. Review, Definition of Terrorism – Social and Political Effects, The History of Plague – Part 1. I must emphasize that conditions in the German camps I was associated with were worlds apart from those in Japanese camps. Dr. Monteuuis was a very unusual man. Still, German POWs (prisoners of war) in the Soviet Union lived much better than Soviet prisoners in the Third Reich. Metal splints like lattice were sometimes to be had and used again and again, either padded with cotton wool or bandages. Diarrhoea often with vomiting was treated with a. Fluids only for 12-24 hours; if still present; b. Kaolin mixture sometimes with Tinct Opii.. Tinea cruris & pedis was quite common and usually responded to Whitfield’s ointment. Cases in Lazaret: Inpatients & Outpatients. There were more than 140,000 white prisoners in Japanese POW camps. All rights reserved. Even in the communities which formerly hosted POW camps for Germans, local residents often do not know the camps ever existed. German POWs in the USSR In the first months of Operation Barbarossa, few Germans were captured by Red Army forces.After the Battle of Moscow and the retreat of the German forces the number of prisoners in the Soviet prisoner of war camps rose to 120,000 by early 1942. Prison camps in America, including the one at JBLM, also differentiated between the two, giving 10 cents a day in pay for work to Nazi prisoners and 80 cents a day to German … The latter had a total of 132,134 allied prisoners of whom 35,756 died i.e. In 1939 there were only two Prisoner of War camps in Britain. 20 Horrific Details about Japanese POW Camps During World War II By Steve The term “prisoner of war” dates as far back as 1660, recognizing an individual detained by an enemy power in the course of an armed conflict. All prisoners looked forward to deliveries of Red Cross food parcels which contained ‘luxury’ items such as butter, biscuits, chocolate and condensed milk as well as dried fruits and vegetables. By March 1944, conditions began to improve, but for economic reasons: As its manpower was swallowed up in the war effort, the USSR turned to POWs Consequently, morale was fairly high and food was reasonable at least initially although this degenerated. The camps were located all over the US, but were mostly in the South, due to the higher expense of heating the barracks in colder areas. Sick parade included many with ‘rheumatism’ for which we only had aspirin and lin. Willi Bungart is a German POW who was captured aged 17 and spent four years in a number of British POW camps. As previously stated common things were common: Bruises and Sprains These received Liquor Hammamelis, a bandage and when appropriate, heat and massage. 2-hrly Bronchitis, received inhalations and mist Ipecac. At the close of World War II, the prisoners were returned to their homeland under the terms of surrender. There were 4 WO NCOs who between them did the cooking, cleaning, linen washing and attended the fires etc. As would be expected, common things were common. Out into the cold night air (it was about 2020 hours) count 5, pull the rip cord, a jagging thrust In the thighs and back and… utter silence. Here you will find the internets largest and most complete research on the WWII POW Stalag Luft camps for airmen in Germany. Their prisoners of war lived several years (up till five) in regions with German names, with towns and villages with German names. As Soviet ground forces approached some POW camps in early 1945, German guards forced western Allied POWs to walk long distances towards central Germany, often in extreme winter weather conditions. In addition, individual Red Cross parcels provided things like scarves, gloves, woolen hats and underclothing. During World War II, 300,000 German Prisoners of War were interred in the United States. Family life was able to continue, and 153 children were born in the camp. I can’t remember where the seeds came from for this venture. Of these, 22,376 were Australians of whom 7,777 died. If this worked, the question of how long to continue with medicine (being conscious of conserving resources) arose. Of these, one in three died from starvation, work, punishments or from diseases for which there were no medicines to treat. We left as a column of about 1000 men and the medical team brought up the rear. This consisted of a daily German ration (q.v.) It was extraordinary how ‘busy’ we were, just fixing up the POWs with their ailments, with which they reported very readily; after all, there was little else to do. Former German prisoner of war Günter Gräwe was 18 years old in August of 1944 during what he calls the luckiest time of his life.That was shortly after he, as a new recruit in the German … The Senior British Officer (SBO) was a Group Captain who abjured us to wash or shower daily (cold water but we could get an occasional hot water dunk in a wooden tub) and shave at least every other day. The whole trip from Belaria had taken 8 days and we had marched over 80km and the rest by rail. A range of sports were played when the weather was fine and in the evenings there were sometimes concerts. But, for some former soldiers, it was a path to rehabilitation. ... April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. The other was the case of a New Zealander, in his mid 20s, who developed phimosis which required circumcision. 1800 gm bread (Dauerbrot) (1 loaf = 4 pounds), Vegetables (Swedes, Khol, Rabi, Cabbage, Peas in   season), 100 gm (4oz) Bratlings Pulver or Semolina, 100-160 gm Meat (mince or beef or pork) per 2   weeks. He came from Dublin and when we asked why he was in the RAF he replied with a wicked grin “Well, we can’t have these Germans knocking the British about, else who would we fight after the War”. These “Kriegies,” short for Kriegsgefangener (German for POW) counted the days until liberation and created dream worlds for themselves inside the camps. That compares with just one percent of American prisoners who died in German POW camps. © HistoryOnTheNet 2000-2019. Citation totals as listed on Google Scholar, Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, Syphilis – Its early history and Treatment until Penicillin and the Debate on its Origins, Definition of Terrorism – Social and Political Effects, Load Carriage: Minimising Soldier Injuries Through Physical Conditioning - A Narrative | At Balaria: Jan 44 to Jan 45 (Weekly per man   approx), At Luckenwalde: Feb-May 1945 (Daily per man   approx), 165 gm Margarine (6 oz)165 gm Honey or Jam60 gm Cheese, ½ cup Mint tea twice daily2/3 litre Soup (Pea, Cabbage, Meat or Barley)300 gm Dauerbrot, LIST OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES    (I am relying on memory), Ung. As would be expected, our clothes consisted of the items we were wearing when we were shot down and these would obviously not last forever. In Reprinted Articles  In the communist realms, the conditions that German POWs, many just kids, endured on the Eastern Front were beyond grim and did not follow any accepted protocol for treatment of captured soldiers. In the event there was no horse so we pulled it ourselves. But the same expertise was turned to making long pipes when tunneling was going on. Tin bashers were those who used tins obtained from Red Cross parcels to make trays and dishes for cooking purposes. Many prisoners were German sailors caught in port by U.S. forces far away from the European battlefield. The ground came closer and I could see snow around but I was probably dazed by a blow I had received in the aircraft when a cannon shell hit my instrument panel and glass and metal went everywhere. We marched about 20km the first day, starting at about 4 am and passing the main Stalag Luft 3 camp (which seemed empty) on the way. After Christmas, we were moved to Zagan, Upper Sil-esia (in the former Polish territory) by cattle-truck (8 horses, 40 men) to Belaria compound of Stalag Luft 3. Also read any book from General George Patton (who released all his German prisoners) and wrote in 1945 that Eisenhower was using “Gestapo methods” in torturing and killing German POWs by the thousands. In the first months of Operation Barbarossa, few Germans were captured by Red Army forces.After the Battle of Moscow and the retreat of the German forces the number of prisoners in the Soviet prisoner of war camps rose to 120,000 by early 1942. POW camps run by the Germans during World War II. In fact, Operation 200 (the Great Escape) occurred about 6 weeks later. Now the kriegies had to carry everything but we found moving our carts easier, especially as the weary guards liked to put their heavy packs on our carts and we made them help with pulling of course. There were also two cupboards, one for linen and the other for food storage and medical supplies. We stayed there a second day and, being very tired, enjoyed this. In the third case, a kriegie was walking round the camp some time after ‘The Great Escape’ and touched the rail inside the fence of barbed wire. Food supplies for POWs in German camps varied in portions and quality depending on how well the Germans were doing, so the theory was that the Red Cross parcels would provide an extra 1,000 calories a day. We arrived at Gross Selten at 1530 at a large farm run by Germans and they allowed the medics to use an out house which had a boiler room where we were able to sleep. Stalag X-B was a World War II German Prisoner-of-war camp located near Sandbostel in north-western Germany. Thousands died. Hydrarg et AmmonWhitfield’s OintmentZinc Oxide Cream (1 tin! During World War II, the Germans held American POWs in a system of nearly 100 camps spread throughout German-occupied territory. He was fiercely dedicated to his patients, within the very severe limitations of camp life, and used to try and teach his helpers bits of anatomy and physiology during the evenings after work. Some men would be put to work either around the camp or in the locality. The Oberst just shrugged his shoulders, got into his car and drove off. Many Minnesotans are unfamiliar with this episode in history. Blisters were common. Part of Lists of Prisoner-of-War Camps section in the Prisoner-of-war camp article. All these gave some purpose to life. He recalls making toys one … In late 1944, as the tide of the war turned against Germany, the Nazi authorities began to move thousands of prisoners towards the interior of Germany, away from the advancing Allied armies. Thank you for your download, we hope you are satisfied with our software. The hospital staff were promised a horse and cart to carry medical supplies and our own belongings. Cuts, bruises and sprains were everyday problems. We did this through the forward escape hatch and used parachutes. It had an old microscope and a hand driven centrifuge. The internment of these POWs significantly affected the social and economic history of Alabama. This was 5 to 6 kilometers away from the main camp which also had a North, South, Centre, East and West compound plus a jail, a hospital and a German ‘vorlager’. Sixteen million Americans served in World War II. Before being sent to a camp, a captured prisoner of war had to pass through a Dulag, short for the German Durchgangslager. This was performed by Monteuuis with Cornish giving Evipan. As war conditions worsened for the Germans and bombing of German supply lines increased, the receipt of aid packages dwindled. Returning from the hospital, Geoff offered the guard some cigarettes if they would take him to a hotel for a beer… which they did! This article is part of our larger educational resource on World War Two. 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