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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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1944 'Urgent' Red X request PC Switzerland to Italy. re: Italian POW Fort Meade, USA

1944 'Urgent' Red X request for news PC from Switzerland to Italy with circ. Red Cross cachets. Regarding Italian POW in Camp Fort Meade, USA. Circ. Italian censor h/s. and 12094 US CENSOR. Ref: 312-148.


Price: £10.00
1944 (18th. Oct.) POW PC 'Interniertenpost' GERMANY to GB. BIBERACH p/m.

1944 (18th. Oct.) POW PC 'Interniertenpost' from GERMANY to GB with d/r. BIBERACH p/m. and censors. From 'Nicol Spence 534' Lager Biberach - Civilian Internee. mss .. "A second medical commission has visited the Camp & I believe about 170 people passed for repatriation. The Burlingham's, Hodder's, Bryans & Richards are included. Mr. Whitehead got through, but not Mrs., though I think she stands a good chance on sympathetic grounds. A Neutral commission came a few days after & are passing on applications of dependants to the right quarter". [Channel Islander deported to internment camp in 1942 and 1943] Ref: 314-029.


Price: £35.00
1944 (29th. Nov.) POW l/s. 'Interniertenpost' GERMANY to GB. BIBERACH p/m.

1944 (29th. Nov.) POW l/s. 'Interniertenpost' from GERMANY to GB with d/r. BIBERACH p/m. and censors. From 'Nicol Spence 534' Lager Biberach - Civilian Internee. mss .. "The protecting power have asked for a list of all repatriated internees who are relatives of those previously exchanged as sick .. There have been changes in the Camp since you left. Unattached single women have gone to Liebenau , B11 has moved to B12, and various people have drifting in fron Italy & Poland- lastly 148 of the long expected Benghasi & Tripoli Jews have turned up.. They have been the hoop, but are motley & villainous looking crowd, with a lot of Arab & Negro blood in them. The women are in 11 with Mrs. Mills as Bar Leeder, the men in B22". [Channel Islander deported to internment camp in 1942 and 1943] Faults. Ref: 315-057.


Price: £35.00
1944 (Dec.) POW l/s. 'Interniertenpost' GERMANY to GB d/r. BIBERACH p/m.

1944 (Dec.) POW l/s. 'Interniertenpost' from GERMANY to GB with d/r. BIBERACH p/m. and censors. From 'Nicol Spence 534' Lager Biberach - Civilian Internee. mss .. "The repatr. question has been opened up again. All male dependents "capable of bearing arms" were excluded, and a later definition fixed military age as 15-60". etc. [Channel Islander deported to internment camp in 1942 and 1943] Faults. Ref: 315-057.


Price: £30.00
1944 (Dec.) POW PC 'Interniertenpost'. GERMANY to GB. BIBERACH p/m. censored

1944 (Dec.) POW PC 'Interniertenpost' from GERMANY to GB with d/r. BIBERACH p/m. and censors. From 'Nicol Spence 534' Lager Biberach - Civilian Internee. mss .. "Room 71 has lost another of its members. Poor old Richard died suddenly on Sunday night … The Benghazi's are now in 12 + 13 wired off". [Channel Islander deported to internment camp in 1942 and 1943] Ref: 308-056.


Price: £35.00
1944 (Sept.) POW l/s. 'Interniertenpost' GERMANY to GB with d/r. BIBERACH p/m.

1944 (Sept.) POW l/s. 'Interniertenpost' from GERMANY to GB with d/r. BIBERACH p/m. and censors. From 'Nicol Spence 534' Lager Biberach - Civilian Internee. mss .. "It is two years today that we left Jersey … Old Ferrers has gone to the diplomat's camp". [Channel Islander deported to internment camp in 1942 and 1943] Ref: 308-056.


Price: £35.00
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 Air Mail POW l/s. from Stalag VIII A, Germany to NEW ZEALAND

1944 Air Mail POW lettersheet from Stalag VIII A, Germany to NEW ZEALAND [40pf RATE] endorsed 'Luftpost bis Nordamerica'. From 'NH Atkinson'. mss : "The Commission from the Swiss Legation in Berlin came, listened & one or two things have been fixed up." Ref: 304-135.


Price: £30.00
1944 Air Mail POW l/s. KENYA to Italy. POW EAC p/m. Camp 361 - Namanga

1944 Air Mail POW l/s. from KENYA to Italy with d/r. POW EAC p/m. Camp 361 - Namanga, Kenya, East Africa. Ref: 307-088.


Price: £15.00
1944 Airgraph + envelope 'RAAF Auspo, London' to AUSTRALIA

1944 Airgraph and delivery envelope from 'RAAF Auspo, London' to 'Group 660, RAAF, Nelsons Bay, NSW, AUSTRALIA' with RAF censor R11/370 h/s. [NOT RECORDED] AUSPO dealt liberated POW's from European Camps. Ref: 303-120.


Price: £12.00
1944 AM Air Letter 'AUSPO, London' to AUSTRALIA

1944 Air Mail Air Letter from 'AUSPO, London' to AUSTRALIA with BRIGHTON m/c. and oval STATION POST OFFICE RAF BRIGHTON SUSSEX h/s. AUSPO dealt liberated POW's from European Camps. From 'AUS. 35395 Sgt. P. Grey'. Folded. Ref: 304-119.


Price: £15.00
1944 circa. cover SWITZERLAND to GB. Camp d'Internement Militaire, ST. PETERZELL

c.1944 Air Mail cover from SWITZERLAND to GB with PC 90 OBE 1998 label and Geoffnet roller on resealing tape. From L/Cpl. D.W. Cross, Camp d'Internement Militaire, ST. PETERZELL, St. Gallen, SUISSE. Folded. Ref: 307-065.


Price: £35.00
1944 circa. cover SWITZERLAND. Camp militaire d'internment / Suisse h/s. 'Chexery'

c.1944 covers from SWITZERLAND. One with d/r. Camp militaire d'internment / Suisse h/s. from 'Chexery' using YMCA envelope. [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: 315-010.


Price: £8.00
1944 circa. covers SWITZERLAND, 'Durrenroth, Military Internee Camp to 'Feldpost 5104'

c.1944 covers from SWITZERLAND, 'Durrenroth, Military Internee Camp to 'Feldpost 5104' with d/r. Camp militaire d'internment / Suisse 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. Faults. Ref: 315-008.


Price: £15.00
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 cover ALGERIA to Egypt. 'electrician chasseur 85, D.L., Casablanca navale'

1944 cover from ALGERIA to Egypt with s/r. POSTE NAVAL p/m. From 'Briote Andre, electrician chasseur 85, D.L., Casablanca navale' with tied censor label. French Navy. [March 1, 1944 the " Hunter 85 " newly delivered by the Americans. Its mission is to monitor the entrance to the channel off Casablanca and escort the convoys that use it. Mostly to do almost daily exercises with bombing plane] Ref: 315-005.


Price: £35.00
1944 cover AUSTRIA to Italy. FELDPOST p/m. Fp 45542E censored

1944 cover from AUSTRIA to Italy with s/r. FELDPOST p/m. From Fp 45542E - POW Construction and Labour Battalion 18. Located Salzburg. Also censor m/c. Riemer D-40 of Munich. Ref: 308-115.


Price: £12.00
1944 cover from American POW in Dulag Luft , Germany to USA

1944 (May) Air Mail cover from American POW in Dulag Luft, Germany to USA with boxed Camp censor h/s. From 'Ltn. Matthew L Dillard'. Soil. Camp located Wetzlar-Klosterwald. At this time with only 150 max. POW's. POW's only kept for 2 weeks in Interogation Camps like these. 94th Bomb Group, Lost on April 18th 1944 with 2nd Lt. Matthew L. Dillard-crew. Aircraft crashed at Vietznitz. Soiled. Ref: 313-149.


Price: £100.00
1944 cover GERMANY to POW Camp, Camp Perry, USA. tied censor labels

1944 (Nov) cover from GERMANY to 'Karl Eberhardt', POW Camp, Camp Perry, USA with tied censor labels and d/r. APOLDA p/m. From Apolda, Adolf-Hitler Str. [Camp located on the shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio near Port Clinton.] Ref: 301-061.


Price: £12.00
1944 cover ITALY to 'American POW Campo N 8' [OGDEN] repatriated

1944 cover from ITALY to 'American POW Campo N 8' [OGDEN in mss.] and censored. Repatriated h/s. to rear. Ref: 304-104.


Price: £8.00