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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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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
1941 POW l/s. Middle East to Italy. P/W MIDDLE EAST 075 h/s. 'POW Camp 326'

1941 POW l/s. from the Middle East to Italy with boxed P/W MIDDLE EAST 075 h/s. From 'POW Camp 326' [Naples?] Ref: 315-087.


Price: £9.00
1941 POW PC ERITREA to Italy. Addis Ababa Concentration Camp

1941 (June) POW PC [Special card for 'Addis Ababa'] from ERITREA to Italy with d/r. EA APO 60 p/m. and boxed PW MIDDLE / EAST 178 h/s. Also rectangular ‘Passed by Sub-Base Censor/Deur Onder Hoofcensor Goedgekeur / E.A. No. 07’ h/s. that was used in Addis Ababa, Concentration Camp. PALERMO receipt p/m. 10th. Sept. [EA APO 60 opened in Addis Ababa on 13 May 1941 to 26 Feb. 1942] Italian soldier taken POW during the Eritrea-Ethiopian campaign. [Imprint: DAP -Addis Ababa 368 - 5000] Worn. Ref: 317-087.


Price: £100.00
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 POW PC PALESTINE to Red Cross, Switzerland. Italian POW Camp N7

1941 (Jan) POW PC [Notification of Capture] from PALESTINE to Red Cross, Switzerland and censored. From 'Gino Canella, Artigliere. IV Div. 10 Batteria 20 Reg.' in Italian POW Camp N7. [Italian Artillery captured in North Africa] Ref: 316-130.


Price: £50.00
1941 POW PC [Notification of Capture] from EGYPT to Italy censored

1941 (9th. Feb) POW PC [Notification of Capture] from EGYPT to Italy via Red Cross, Switzerland and censored. From 'Delli Noci, Mario' in Italian POW Camp. Unit: Marmarica'. [The 62nd Infantry Division "Marmarica" was an Infantry Division of the Italian Army during WW2. Destroyed 5 Jan. 1941 in Bardia.] Folded. Ref: 317-117.


Price: £15.00
1941-45 cover AUSTRALIA No. 2 Camp Tatura to 'Jewish Welfare Society'

1941-45 cover from AUSTRALIA No. 2 Camp Tatura to 'Jewish Welfare Society' with 3 Opened by Censor label tied by diamond 3 PASSED BY CENSOR 143 h/s. From 'Georg Moses'. Ref: 318-157.


Price: £30.00
1942 'EXPRES' cover BELGIUM to 'lager 8, Leipzig, Germany' censored

1942 'EXPRES' cover from BELGIUM to 'lager 8, Leipzig, Germany' with s/r. ANTWERP p/m. and tied Geoffnet censor label. Also d/r. LEIPZIG receipt p/m. [Stalag IV-G was a POW Camp for NCOs and enlisted men, not in the usual sense, but a series of "Work Camps" throughout Saxony, administered from Oschatz, situated between Leipzig and Dresden.] Ref: 321-171.


Price: £15.00
1942 (Aug) PPC ALGERIA to GB. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. British sailor.

1942 (Aug) PPC from ALGERIA to GB with weak s/r. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. over 1st Regiment De Spahis / Groupe D'Escadrons h/s. Also octagonal PASSED PW 2616 h/s. From 'Sto. I/c CG Wood, Camp des Internes Britanniques' - British sailor. Probably served on HMS MANCHESTER or HAVOCK. The Vichy French ran LAGHOUAT POW Camp in the Saharah Desert. It was notorious for poor conditions, the men were given very little food or water. This is not borne out by the message. North AFRICA. Creased. Ref: 316-073.


Price: £85.00
1942 (Feb) PC KENYA to Italy. POW / EAC p/m. boxed P/W EAST AFRICA 040 h/s.

1942 (Feb) PC from East AFRICA to Italy with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. and boxed P/W EAST AFRICA 040 h/s. Special cards printed for Addis Ababa POW ERITREA, but without Imprint. [Ref: Giorgio Migliavacca. 1980] From 'Camp 359, East Africa Command'. [Burguret] Ref: 317-088.


Price: £25.00
1942 (June) Red Cross Message Form and reply from ITALY to ERITREA

1942 (June) Red Cross Message Form and reply from ITALY to ERITREA with Red Cross cachets and s/r. PASSED BY 14 CENSOR / PASSATO PER CENSURA h/s. Folded. Ref: 317-078.


Price: £45.00
1942 (March) PC East AFRICA to Italy. POW / EAC p/m. P/W EAST AFRICA 002

1942 (March) PC from East AFRICA to Italy with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. and boxed P/W EAST AFRICA 002 h/s. Special cards printed for Addis Ababa POW ERITREA, but without Imprint. [Ref: Giorgio Migliavacca. 1980] From 'Camp 359, East Africa Command'. [Burguret] Ref: 315-120.


Price: £25.00
1942 (March) PC KENYA to Italy with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. 'Camp 365'

1942 (March) PC from KENYA to Italy with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. and weak boxed P/W EAST AFRICA 008 h/s. Special cards printed for Addis Ababa POW ERITREA, but without Imprint. [Ref: Giorgio Migliavacca. 1980] From 'Camp 365, East Africa Command'. [Londiani] Ref: 317-089.


Price: £25.00
1942 cover ALGERIA to GB. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. 'Leading Steward'

1942 cover from ALGERIA to GB with s/r. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. and d/r. D'INTERNMENT DES / MILITAIRES BRITANIQUE h/s. and PC 90 OBE 7759 label. From 'Leading Steward A Walker, Camp des Internes Britanniques' - British sailor. The Vichy French ran LAGHOUAT POW Camp in the Saharah Desert. It was notorious for poor conditions, the men were given very little food or water. Ref: 309-154.


Price: £85.00
1942 cover ALGERIA to GB. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. British Airman POW

1942 cover from ALGERIA to GB with s/r. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. and circ. Camp cachet h/s. Also PC 90 OBE 3001 label. From 'Sgt. Marshall Hardy, Camp des Internes Britanniques' - British Airman. [Aircrew from 202 Squadron: Shot down by two Vichy French Curtiss fighters 40 miles off Casablanca. Survived for 5 hours and picked up by submarine. POW from Sept. 1940 to Nov. 1942] The Vichy French ran LAGHOUAT POW Camp in the Saharah Desert. It was notorious for poor conditions, the men were given very little food or water. Faults. Ref: 313-085.


Price: £100.00
1942 cover from ALGERIA to GB with part s/r. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. Internee

1942 cover from ALGERIA to GB with part s/r. LAGHOUAT / ALGER p/m. and d/r. CENTRE D'INTERNMENT DES / MILITAIRES BRITANIQUE h/s. and PC 90 OBE 318 label. From 'Leading Steward A Walker, Camp des Internes Laghouat, Algeria' - British sailor. The Vichy French ran LAGHOUAT POW Camp in the Saharah Desert. It was notorious for poor conditions, the men were given very little food or water. NB: Opening edge faults. Ref: 320-041.


Price: £75.00
1942 cover South AFRICA to 'SWA' with oval INTERNMENT CAMP /ANDALUSIA h/s.

1942 cover from South AFRICA to 'SWA' with oval INTERNMENT CAMP /ANDALUSIA h/s. and bi-lingual PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. From 'Internment Lager Andalusia, 1271/40, c/o Censors Office Bloemfontein'. Ref: 314-109.


Price: £20.00
1942 cover South AFRICA to 'SWA'. INTERNMENT CAMP /ANDALUSIA h/s.

1942 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: 315-115.


Price: £25.00
1942 cover South AFRICA to Germany. Baviaanspoort Internment Camp

1942 cover from South AFRICA to Germany endorsed 'Postage Free'. From 'Baviaanspoort Internment Camp, c/o Salisbury House' with PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. and oval PRETORIA INTERNERINGSKAMP / OFFICIEEL VRY h/s. under UC8 label. Also German s/r. 'Ab' censor h/s. Corner soil. Ref: 315-161.


Price: £25.00
1942 PC Internment Camp, JAMAICA, BWI to USA. PASSED D/5 h/s.

1942 (Nov) PC Internment Camp, JAMAICA, BWI to USA with Crown PASSED D/5 h/s. and oval INTERNMENT & P of W Camp / JAMAICA h/s. 'From : No. 41'. POW. BWI - British West Indies. Ref: 312-122.


Price: £30.00