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PRISONER OF WAR MAIL
Prisoner of War mail is concerned with combatants who have been captured by an enemy power immediately after an armed conflict. They are made POW's to isolate them from their own forces that are still in the field.
A large variety of camps were erected, including those for POW, internees, refugees, "slave" laborers, and displaced persons & includes prisoners that were housed in ships. POW and Internee mail is frequently subject to both military and civil postal censorship because it passes through both postal systems.
Prisoner's correspondence was usually handled by the Red Cross.

 

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1914 POW cover GB to France. POST FREE 'Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth'

1914 (Dec) POW cover from GB to 'Lieutenant Colonel Francois Bellanger', France with s/r. LONDON OFFICIAL PAID p/m. and part circ. POST FREE h/s. Also s/r. P.C h/s. From 'Royal Naval Hospital, Plymouth'. Ref: 306-080.


Price: £45.00
1941 cover VENEZUELA to Curacao. 'Internment Camp, Bonaire'. censored

1941 Air Mail cover from VENEZUELA to Curacao with tied POSTCENSUUR label. Addressed to German civilian in Dutch 'Internment Camp, Bonaire, Curazao. NWI'. NB: Senders name cut out. Ref: 313-146.


Price: £45.00
1942 Red Cross letter + photo re: 'Denis Solivon, ERA, HMS "DUNEDIN" sunk 24/11/41

1942 Red Cross letter and photo regarding 'Denis Solivon, ERA, HMS "DUNEDIN". [HMS Dunedin was patrolling between Brazil and Africa when she was sunk on the 24th. Nov. 1941. Two torpedoes from the German submarine U-124 hit her and she sank rapidly. Only four officers and 63 men survived out of the Dunedins crew of 486 officers and men] mss .. "...the likeness in photograph gave her must now be abandoned" - football team from Stalag VIII B. Re: 314-028.


Price: £45.00
1942-43 Air Mail POW l/s. and PC from INDIA to Germany and censored.

1942-43 Air Mail POW l/s. and PC from INDIA to Germany and censored. One with PRISONER OF WAR CAMP 24 - 8 Annas meter mark. [Postmark applied by meter machine] The other a printed postcard. From 'No. 24 Camp, POW', Dehra Dun' Internment Camp. Ref: 315-056.


Price: £45.00
1943 POW l/s. ITALY to S. AFRICA [2l. 50 RATE] 'Posta Aerea Via Venezia, Sofia, E Cairo'

1943 POW Air Mail l/s's. from ITALY to South AFRICA [2l. 50 RATE] endorsed 'Posta Aerea Via Venezia, Sofia, E Cairo' with d/r. CENSURA h/s. From 'DE Lange, Cornelius Franois. Private. PG 65. PM 3450'. [Prisoner of War] Ref: 315-021.


Price: £45.00
1944 Air Mail l/s. from POW in KENYA to Italy with d/r. POSTAGE PAID / SI.30 h/s.

1944 Air Mail l/s. from POW in KENYA to Italy with d/r. POSTAGE PAID / SI.30 h/s. and boxed censored P/W MIDDLE EAST 010 h/s. Also German censor h/s. to rear. From 'POW Camp No. 365 - Londiani. East Africa. Ref: 315-106.


Price: £45.00
1944 POW l/s. FRANCE to 'Stalag 325' Rawa-Ruska and redirected to Italy.

1944 POW l/s. from FRANCE to 'Cap. Salaorni Luigi, Stalag 325' Rawa-Ruska with NICE m/c. and redirected to Italy etc. with d/r. dumb receipt p/m. The "Stalag 325" is located near Rawa-Ruska, Ukrainian region of Galicia, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic , from March 1942 to February 1944.: became the camp of "deportation" for the French and Belgian recidivists of the escape, considered "irrecoverable". The commander of the camp was Lieutenant-Colonel Herr Borck, he had received secret orders from Himmler to annihilate all French "terrorists". Ref: 302-039.


Price: £45.00
1945 POW l/s. ITALY to 'E 17090 Internment, Camp No. 6, Intebbe, UGANDA'

1945 POW l/s. from ITALY to 'E 17090 Internment, Camp No. 6, Intebbe, UGANDA' East Africa. Ref: 315-110.


Price: £45.00
1945-46 POW l/s's to/from 'No. 3 Italian Evacuee Camp, Kenya' located NANYUKI

1945-46 POW l/s's to/from 'No. 3 Italian Evacuee Camp, East Africa Command, Kenya' - located NANYUKI. Both censored. Ref: 315-107.


Price: £45.00
1946 cover S. RHODESIA to USA. oval "NORTON INTERNMENT CAMP SOUTHERN RHODESIA"

1946 (Oct) cover from S. RHODESIA to USA with d/r. NORTON p/m. and oval "NORTON INTERNMENT CAMP / SOUTHERN RHODESIA" h/s. From 'TES 207'. Ref: 315-077.


Price: £45.00
1948 cover LIBYA to Germany. 'German PW, MELF 6, Benghazi'

1948 cover from LIBYA to Germany with weak d/r. BENGHAZI p/m. canc. adhesives with 'MEF' o/p. From 'AW Coy (German PW), MELF 6, Benghazi'. POW: Prisoner of War. POW. Ref: 310-143.


Price: £45.00
1916 PPC [Easter Greetings - Russian] Germany to GB. Doeberitz Camp

1916 PPC [Easter Greetings - Russian] from Germany to GB with LONDON PAID m/c. and Camp censor h/s. From 'MW Manning, Royal Naval Division. Sanitat at Rohrbeck Hospitat [Hospital] Prisoner of War in Doberitz Camp. Ref: 308-151.


Price: £50.00
1943 POW l/s. the 'Isle of Man' to Belgium with PC 90 OBE 4575 label

1943 Prisoner of War lettersheet from the 'Isle of Man' to Belgium with PC 90 OBE 4575 label with s/r. 'Ab' h/s. [German censor] From 'J Hache, Camp X, Peel'. Ref: 307-093.


Price: £50.00
1943 ps POW l/s. GB to 'Henry J le Goupillot, Ilag VII LAUFEN, Germany' censored

1943 ps POW l/s. from GB to 'Henry J le Goupillot, Ilag VII LAUFEN, Germany' and censored. [Deported from the German-occupied Channel Islands. [Guernsey] Internee. One of 10 people that died in Laufen. On 1st. June 1945: Accidently shot in the stomach by David T Fisher whilst sitting in a lorry at Lazarett Baracke and died within 20 minutes] Civilian LE GOUPILLOT, HENRY JAMES died aged 20. Son of Arthur Henry Le Goupillot, of 21 Vauvent, St. Peter Port, Guernsey. Ref: 313-015.


Price: £50.00
1944 cover + letter GERMANY. from inmate Buchenwald Concentration Camp

1944 cover [Type E7a] and letter [Type F2] from GERMANY with s/l. censor: 'Postprufer No' [Type C2a]. From inmate in Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Ref: 301-129.


Price: £50.00
1944 POW PC GERMANY to India. "Mit Luftpost Nach India Ueber Madrid Bis Tangier"

1944 (Nov.) Air Mail POW PC from GERMANY to India [10 Pf RATE] endorsed "Mit Luftpost Nach India Ueber Madrid Bis Tangier" with s/r. Camp censor h/s. From 'Capt. Jones, Eric' Oflag VII B . [German prisoner-of-war camp for officers, located in Eichsttt, Bavaria] Addressed to 'D.E. Augier' - OBE, Finance Minister. Also d/r. TONK-RAJ receipt p/m. [1940: AUGIER, Douglas Eric, O.B.E., Opium dept., -United - Provs. (jt. opium officer, Malwa)] Ref: 312-062.


Price: £50.00
1941 (June) POW PC EGYPT to Switzerland from Italian Submarine "Anfititre"

1941 (June) POW PC EGYPT to Switzerland and censored. From sailor previously on Italian Submarine "Anfititre". RN destroyer Greyhound sank the Italian submarine Anfitrite on 6th. March 1941 east of Crete, as she attempted to attack Convoy GA.8 which was carrying British troops to Greece. The Anfitrite, (590 tons) was completed in 1933 and normally carries a complement of 41. Ref: 303-079.


Price: £65.00
1943 cover TANKANYIKA to Germany 'Lushoto TT' Camp. PC 11 OBC label

1943 cover from TANKANYIKA to Germany with plain resealing tape and pink PC 11 OPENED BY CENSOR label. [Tanganika] Also s/r. 'Ab' German censor h/s. From 'Lushoto TT' Camp. Civil internee. East Africa. Faults. Ref: 306-130.


Price: £65.00
1943 POW l/s. ITALY to 'No. 5 Internment Camp, S. Rhodesia' censored

1943 POW l/s. from ITALY to 'No. 5 Internment Camp, S. Rhodesia' with small PC 90 OBE DE/... label to rear. Imprint: J.48689 -H.6505-D.9820- 20,000L.- 24.2.43. Also part boxed POSTA PER INTERNATI CIVILI DI GUERRA h/s. and PASSED DE/11 h/s. Ref: 311-097.


Price: £65.00
1944 ps PC GB to 'Clifford TREZISE. RA, Malaya Camp'. Japanese censor chop

1944 Air Mail ps PC [3d. RATE] from GB to 'Clifford TREZISE. RA, Malaya Camp' with weak boxed Japanese censor chop. Also octagonal PASSED PW 3381 h/s. [118 Field Regiment RA, 18th. Div. Gunner: Captured 15th. Feb. 1942 at Changi, Singapore. In Thailand Camps April to Dec 1943] Ref: 313-007.


Price: £65.00