Warcovers :: POW


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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1946 POW l/s. FRANCE to USA. Depot 141, FEYZIN (Isere) censored

1946 (Oct) POW l/s. from FRANCE to USA with d/r. Camp cachet. From Depot 141, FEYZIN (Isere) and censored. Ref: 308-083.

Price: £10.00
1946 POW l/s. GB to Argentina. POW Camp 33 33. Dancer's Hill, South Mimms, Barnet

1946 (May) POW l/s. GB to Argentina with poor s/r. POW Camp (33) h/s. to rear. From Camp 33, Dancer's Hill, South Mimms, Barnet. Also 'BF' Transorma marking and receipt p/m. to rear July 18th. Ref: 305-096.

Price: £35.00
1946 POW l/s. GB to Italy. 200 POW Camp h/s. Abergavenny, Mon. Wales

1946 POW l/s. from GB to Italy with s/r. 200 POW Camp h/s. - Llanover, Abergavenny, in Wales. Great Britain. Corner fault. Ref: 310-157.

Price: £18.00
1946 POW l/s. KENYA To Italy. POW / EAC p/m. P/W EAST AFRICA 026 h/s.

1946 (Jan) POW l/s. from KENYA To Italy with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. and boxed P/W EAST AFRICA 026 h/s. Also crude type 'EVACUEE / CAMP KENYA' h/s. to rear and remains of Censorship label. From 'Civilian Evacuee, No. 3 Italian Evacuee Camp, NANYUKI, Kenya'. Ref: 309-042.

Price: £15.00
1946 POW PC ALGERIA to Italy. Camp No. VL SAIDO

1946 printed POW PC's from ALGERIA to Italy. Camp No. VL SAIDO with s/r. Camp censor h/s. Ref: 309-097.

Price: £6.00
1946 POW PC and reply part FRANCE to Italy. Depot PG 89, Champoulain censored

1946 POW PC and reply part from FRANCE to Italy and censored. From Depot PG 89, Champoulain. Ref: 301-059.

Price: £9.00
1946 POW PC from GB to S Africa. POW CAMP 701/A9 h/s. RAF Station, Hednesford,

1946 (Feb) POW PC from GB to 'M199288 Camp POW, South AFRICA with POW CAMP 701/A9 h/s. - "Special" Camp, RAF Station, Hednesford, Staffordshire. Satellite camp A9. Ref: 314-078.

Price: £35.00
1946 POW PC GB to Italy. POW CAMP No. 122 - Hatch End, Middlesex

1946 POW PC from GB to Italy with circ. POW CAMP No. 122 GREAT BRITAIN h/s. - Oxley Lane Camp, Hatch End, Middlesex. Ref: 309-153.

Price: £10.00
1946 POW post covers French Zone, GERMANY to 'Barake, Regensburg'

1946 POW post covers from the French Zone, GERMANY to 'Barake, Regensburg'. [Displaced Persons Camp] NB: One trimmed opening edge. Ref: 305-094.

Price: £9.00
1947 cover GERMANY to 'Holstein' with Regensburg p/m. Internment Camp

1947 cover from GERMANY to 'Holstein' with d/r. Regensburg p/m. Internment Camp with s/r. Internierungs und Arbeitslager / Regensburg h/s. to rear. Internment and Labour Camp 1945-48. Roughly opened. Ref: 303-104.

Price: £9.00
1947 POW l/s. GB to USA. 'Lager 54, POW Camp, Droitwich, Worcestershire'

1947 POW l/s. from GB to USA and redirected with s/r. POW CAMP No. 54 GREAT BRITAIN h/s. From Stampfl Sebastian', Lager 54, POW Camp, Droitwich, Worcestershire'. Also MINERAL POINT WIS receipt p/m. Written in German with pencil note "Interesting letter" to inside. Ref: 306-066.

Price: £20.00
1947-48 covers + Letters YUGOSLAVIA to Germany. s/r. Red Cross cachets

1947-48 covers [5 No] and letters [2 No.] from YUGOSLAVIA to Germany with s/r. Red Cross cachets. From 'Logor Dunau, Lager Zenica and Drvar'. Faults. Ref: 301-130.

Price: £15.00
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
1948 POW cover LIBYA to Germany with TRIPOLI p/m. canc. 9d. 'MEF' o/p.

1948 (April) POW cover from LIBYA to Germany with TRIPOLI p/m. canc. 9d. adhesive with 'MEF' o/p. From '2747 Indep. German PW Working Coy, Tripoli/Libya, MELF I. POW: Prisoner of War. Ref: 305-086.

Price: £35.00
1972 POW cover GERMANY to 'Major Walter Reder, Gaeta, Italy' - Nazi War Criminal

1972 Prisoner of War cover from GERMANY to 'Major Walter Reder, Gaeta, Italy' - Nazi War Criminal with s/r. SALZBURG p/m. Reder was commander of the SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 36. This unit was given the task of anti-partisan warfare in Northern Italy and was largely responsible for the Marzabotto massacre. In 1948 he was extradited to Italy and tried by Italian military court in Bologna. In October 1951, Reder was sentenced to life imprisonment at Gaeta fortress prison. Ref: 308-060.

Price: £25.00