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POW

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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1940 circa. covers SWITZERLAND to France. Camp Militaire d'interement / Islikion / Siusse h/s.

c.1940 covers from SWITZERLAND to France with d/r. Camp Militaire d'interement / Islikion / Siusse h/s. One with tied Censura militare and Geoffnet labels to rear. From 'Manceaux, Jean. 34th Bie 12th groupe, 402 Rgt de DCA. Camp dInterement de GUNDETSWIL canton de Zurich. [Allied soldiers were interned in Switzerland who fled combat, the Swiss government had to keep these soldiers interned until the end of the hostilities] Internment Camp. NB: Opens out. Ref: 316-015.


Price: £15.00
1940 cover + letter FRANCE to 'Stalag IX A, Germany. Standort Kommandantur le Creuset

1940 cover and letter from FRANCE to 'Stalag IX A, Germany with s/r. LE CREUSOT p/m. and s/r. German Standort Kommandantur / Le Creuset h/s. [Commander’s office, Military Command. Le Creusot] Ref: 317-105.


Price: £9.00
1940 cover FRANCE to 'Caporal Martin, 23rd. R.I.F., Internee militaire a Genensee

1940 (June) cover from FRANCE to 'Caporal Victor Martin, 23rd. R.I.F., Internee militaire a Genensee canton de Laucerne, Switzerland' with Censura militare label. [Battle of France: 10 May 1940 – 25 Jun 1940: 23rd Fortress Infantry Regiment - 23e Régiment d'Infanterie de Forteresse (RIF) Unit was stationed in the Soufflenheim sub-sector and experienced bombardments beginning 14 May, with direct assault finally beginning 13 June.] Allied soldiers were interned in Switzerland who fled combat, the Swiss government had to keep these soldiers interned until the end of the hostilities. Internment Camp. Folded. Ref: 316-014.


Price: £15.00
1940 cover FRANCE to 'Mr Alexander, Oflag VIII D, Germany'. Tittmoning Castle

1940 POW cover from FRANCE to 'Mr Alexander, Oflag VIII D, Germany' [Tittmoning Castle] with d/r. Censor 8 h/s. Ref: 301-025.


Price: £6.00
1940 cover FRANCE to Switzerland. 'Camp militaire d'internment Rothenhausen'

1940 cover from FRANCE to Switzerland with s/r. TARN p/m. and d/r. 'Camp militaire d'internment Rothenhausen' h/s. Redirected to 'Hopital de Fraennfeld' with boxed censor h/s. [Allied soldiers were interned in Switzerland who fled combat, the Swiss government had to keep these soldiers interned until the end of the hostilities] Ref: 301-148.


Price: £20.00
1940 cover South AFRICA to Germany. INTERNERINGSKAMP / BAVIAANSPOORT h/s

1940 cover from South AFRICA to Germany with bi-lingual PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. and oval INTERNERINGSKAMP / BAVIAANSPOORT h/s. South Africa UC8 label and German Geoffnet censor label over British PC 90 OBE 4979 label. Ref: 306-088.


Price: £35.00
1940 covers FRANCE to Military Internee, Fraubrunnen Camp, One redirected

1940 covers from FRANCE to Military Internees, Fraubrunnen Camp, SWITZERLAND and one redirected to 'Jeyenstorf'. Internment Camp. [Allied soldiers were interned in Switzerland who fled combat, the Swiss government had to keep these soldiers interned until the end of the hostilities] Ref: 313-031.


Price: £20.00
1940 PC + cover SWITZERLAND. One to Red Cross Polonaise, France. AUSWIL Camp

1940 PC and cover from SWITZERLAND. One to Red Cross Polonaise, Marseille, France with d/r. Camp militaire d'internment AUSWIL h/s. NB: Filing holes and folded. POLISH INTERNEE. [Allied soldiers were interned in Switzerland who fled combat, the Swiss government had to keep these soldiers interned until the end of the hostilities] Internment Camp. Faults. Ref: 315-011.


Price: £20.00
1941 (15th. Jan) POW PC [Notification of Capture] from EGYPT to Italy

1941 (15th. Jan) POW PC [Notification of Capture] from EGYPT to Italy via Red Cross, Switzerland and censored. From 'Italian POW Camp, Egypt'. Ref: 317-102.


Price: £9.00
1941 (8th. Feb) 'Notification of Capture' PC EGYPT to Italy. CENSURA 49 h/s.

1941 (8th. Feb) 'Notification of Capture' PC from EGYPT to Italy with d/r. CENSURA 49 h/s. From 'Antonio Maiorani, aunit: Divisione Cizene. Camp N3, Egypt. Also d/r. MORRO D'ORO recept p/m. Ref: 317-081.


Price: £10.00
1941 (Feb) 'Notification of Capture' PC EGYPT to Italy. CENSURA h/s. Camp N3

1941 (Feb) 'Notification of Capture' PC from EGYPT to Italy with d/r. CENSURA 106 h/s. From 'Stefano Mariani, Sergente Maggiore. Unit: 4th. Controaerei. Camp N3, Egypt. Ref: 317-080.


Price: £10.00
1941 Air Mail cover South AFRICA to Germany. oval INTERNMENT CAMP / ANDALUSIA

1941 Air Mail cover from South AFRICA to Germany with oval INTERNMENT CAMP / ANDALUSIA h/s. Also UC8 OBC label to rear. From 'Intern Lager Andalusia'. POW. Ref: 316-071.


Price: £35.00
1941 cover AUSTRIA to Germany. GUNTERSDORF p/m. Stalag XVII B h/s.

1941 cover from AUSTRIA to Germany with d/r. GUNTERSDORF p/m. and Stalag XVII B h/s. [Gneixendorf] Also s/r. Battalion 890 h/s. NB: Trimmed opening edge. Ref: 317-112.


Price: £4.00
1941 cover South AFRICA to 'SWA' with oval INTERNMENT CAMP /ANDALUSIA h/s.

1941 cover from South AFRICA to 'SWA' with oval INTERNMENT CAMP / ANDALUSIA h/s. and bi-lingual PASSED BY CENSOR / DEUR DIE SENSOR GOEDGEKEUR h/s. From 'Internment Lager Andalusia, 662/40, c/o Censors Office Bloemfontein'. Also d/r. KEETMANSHOOP receipt p/m. to rear. Ref: 315-157.


Price: £25.00
1941 cover SWITZERLAND to GB. 'A. Przeworski' - Polish Pilot interned at Thurgau

1941 Air Mail cover from SWITZERLAND to 'Thomas Glinski, Ambasade de Pologne', GB with d/r. THURGAU p/m. Also PC 90 OBE 1331 label and Geoffnet - Militar Zensur label to rear. From 'Plt. A. Przeworski' - Polish Pilot interned at Thurgau. Folded. Ref: 314-027.


Price: £35.00
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
1941 PC EGYPT to 'Alexandria' with oct. Postal Censor h/s. From 'Michele Gaeta'

1941 PC from EGYPT to 'Alexandria' with oct. Postal Censor h/s. From 'Michele Gaeta, Italian Internees Camp Fayed, No. 7 24'. Prisoner of War. Ref: 315-088.


Price: £15.00
1941 PC GERMANY to POW, Camp 321 Middle East redirected to Canada and Australia

1941 PC from GERMANY to POW 'Wilhelm Schell', Camp 321 Middle East and redirected to Canada and Australia. Circ. German censor and boxed P/W MIDDLE EAST 164 h/s. Also BASE APO / CANADA m/c. and s/r. CANADA INT. OP / 26 CENSORED h/s to rear with diamond 3 PASSED BY CENSOR 273 h/s. of Australia. NB: Filing holes. Ref: 314-039.


Price: £30.00
1941 POW 'Capture' PC EGYPT to Italy. 2. Blackshirt Division 28 Ottobre (Italy)

1941 (Feb) POW 'Capture' PC from EGYPT to Italy with circ. censor h/s's. From 'Michele Zarro, Cap Maggiore, Unit II, "28 OTTOBRE" - 2. Blackshirt Division, 28 Ottobre (Italy) A new 2. Blackshirt Division 28 Ottobre was formed in 1939 and was sent to Libya in the summer of 1940. It took part in the invasion of Egypt and was destroyed at Bardia in January 1941. Ref: 316-094.


Price: £25.00
1941 POW 'Casualties' card. Italian soldier captured 'Bardia 5.1.41' LIBYA.

1941 POW 'Casualties' card. Italian soldier captured 'Bardia 5.1.41' LIBYA. The Battle of Bardia was fought over three days between 3 and 5 Jan. 1941, as part of Operation Compass, the first military operation of the Western Desert Campaign of WW2. Internment: 'Quassassin'. Regarding 'Augusto BARTOLINI, Unit: Com. 30th. Settore GAF'. Repatriated to Italy Jan. 1947. Edge tear. Ref: 315-113.


Price: £20.00