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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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1939-45 OHMS cover 'Camp 47 RM' Italian POW photo + glass slides

1939-45 OHMS cover regarding 'T 71570 - Cap. Magg - Army, Antonio Scalise' Italian POW in 'Camp 47 RM' with photo and 2 small glass slides. Ref: 306-096.


Price: £20.00
1939-45 POW cover GB to Germany. POW Camp No. 79 Great Britain h/s.

1939-45 POW cover from GB to Germany with s/r. POW Camp No. 79 Great Britain h/s. - Moorby Camp, Ravensby, Nr. Boston. Lincs. Ref: 313-088.


Price: £10.00
1939-45 printed covers from Arth, Military Internee Camp, SWITZERLAND.

1939-45 printed covers from Arth, Military Internee Camp, SWITZERLAND to Ginevra. One printed 'Feldpost' with d/r. Militr-Internierung in der Schweiz / Portofrei h/s. and the other YMCA with d/r. BEWACHUNGS GRUPPEN / Feldpost 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] Internment Camp. Ref: 313-034.


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 POW l/s. and reply part FRANCE to Germany. Front Stalag 134 to Stalag IX A

1940 (Nov) POW l/s. and reply part from FRANCE to Germany with oval Camp censor h/s. From Front Stalag 134 to Stalag IX A. [Frontstalag 134 in Saint-Brieuc , Ctes-du-Nord. Nazi Germany contained the Black and Maghreb prisoners of war of the French Army in the occupied French zone, as quickly as possible for fear of tropical diseases or damage to the "purity of Aryan blood"] Folded. Ref: 302-007.


Price: £25.00
1940 POW PC FRANCE to Stalag IX A, Germany. s/r. FELDPOST p/m. Camp censor

1940 POW PC from FRANCE to Stalag IX A, Germany with s/r. FELDPOST p/m. and Camp censor h/s. NB: Heavy folds. Ref: 302-036.


Price: £6.00
1941 'Postage Free' cover USA to 'Internment Camp No. 23, Liverpool' censored

1941 (6th. Oct) 'Postage Free' cover from USA to 'Spiegel Von Stoopnagel, Internment Camp No. 23, Liverpool' with CHICAGO m/c. and PC 90 OBE label. Also in mss. "Not 24" and oval H.O (B3.) / Information Bureau h/s. (28th. Nov.) with RETURN TO SENDER h/s. NEW YORK m/c. to rear (12th. March 1942) [Camp 23: Warner's Holiday Camp, SEATON, Devon. Internees housed there as a result of Churchill's 'collar the lot' order to detain enemy aliens. Mail was forwarded to Liverpool for censorship] Ref: 302-013.


Price: £85.00
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
1941 Air Mail POW PC GERMANY to USA. Oflag VII C - Laufen Castle. 'Capt. EAF MacPherson'

1941 Air Mail POW PC from GERMANY to USA with s/r. Oflag VII C h/s. - Laufen Castle. From (Ewen) 'Capt. EAF MacPherson' - Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Also boxed Taxe Percue h/s. - Surcharge fee of '0.40 Rpf'. Ref: 313-003.


Price: £15.00
1941 cover + letter POW South Africa to Italy with typed censor insert

1941 cover and letter from Italian POW in South Africa to Italy with typed censor insert: Lettere brevi e ben leggibili onde evitare un ritardo sicuro nella censura. [Short, well-readable letters to avoid a sure delay in the censorship] Also tied South African, German and Italian censors. Ref: 305-088.


Price: £35.00
1941 cover GB to Germany. 'Internment Camp, Liebenau' censor labels

1941 (July) Air Mail cover from GB to Germany [5d. RATE]. To 'Miss Mabel B Wood, Internment Camp, Liebenau' with PC 90 OBE 6770 and tied Geoffnet label over. [Ilag V camp, Liebenau in Wrttemberg was opened in 1940. Situated in a castle and 4 adjacent buildings. Originally a mental hospital run by nuns. By orders of Hitler, about 700 of the patients were exterminated with injections, to provide room for internees. British internees were brought in 1941 from Belgium, Greece, Netherlands and other countries] Roughly opened. Ref: 302-045.


Price: £35.00
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 covers and letter 'Sigm. Shackell, 11th. Indian Div. Signals, MALAYA' to GB

1941 covers and letter from 'Sigm. Shackell, 11th. Indian Div. Signals, MALAYA' to GB with d/r. Indian FPO 36 p/m. and tri. censor 3155 h/s. [located KEDAH, Sungai Petani. Northern part of Malaysia. After the Japanese invasion of Thailand, with the landings at Singora and Patani on 8 Dec. 1941, they attacked toward NW Malaya. To help delay the Japanese, three columns were dispatched from Malaya. In front of the 11th Indian Division, two columns were sent out. The Battle of Singapore 31 Jan. 15 Feb. ended with the capture of 9th and 11th Indian Divisions and the 12th, 44th and 45th brigades and 55,000 Indian servicemen were made POW] Only Nov. cover has letter enclosed. Ref: 314-115.


Price: £45.00
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 PC from INDIA to Italy and censored. From No. 8 P.W. Camp

1941 POW PC from INDIA to Italy and censored. From No. 8 P.W. Camp - Bangalore. Ref: 314-064.


Price: £7.00
1941 uprated ps PC MACEDONIA to Germany. Stalag XII and censored

1941 uprated ps PC from MACEDONIA to Germany, 'Stalag XII-F' with d/r. BITOLIA p/m. and censored. [Stalag XII-F was located near Forbach in the French department of Moselle , Lorraine] Ref: 301-028.


Price: £15.00