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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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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 POW cover GERMANY to 'POW Camp Mackall, New York, USA'

1944 Air Mail POW cover from GERMANY to 'POW Camp Mackall, New York, USA' with tied censor labels. [Prisoners from Field Marshal Rommel's Afrika Korps, captured in Tunisia in May 1943, arrived at Camp Mackall and other camps in the spring of 1944] Ref: 302-008.


Price: £15.00
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 Air Mail POW PC GERMANY to India [25 Pf RATE] s/r. Camp censor h/s.

1944 (March) Air Mail POW PC from GERMANY to India [25 Pf RATE] endorsed "By Air Mail from Baghdad" with s/r. Camp censor h/s. From 'Major Muirhead AJA' Oflag VIII/F . [Camp at Mährisch-Trübau contained around 2,000 officers. In April 1944 the Camp was closed] Ref: 312-061.


Price: £30.00
1944 Air Mail POW PC GERMANY to India. 'Lieut HH Marshall' Oflag 79

1944 (3rd. Aug) POW PC from GERMANY to India endorsed 'By Air Mail from Baghdad' with Camp censor h/s. From 'Lieut HH Marshall' Oflag 79. CALCUTTA receipt p/m. (12th. Oct) Tears. Ref: 310-023.


Price: £30.00
1944 Air Mail POW PC GERMANY to India. 'Sgt. Cyril G. Penn, Stalag Luft Nr. 3'

1944 POW PC from GERMANY to India and redirected with censors. Endorsed 'Air Mail via Baghdad'. From 'Sgt. Cyril G. Penn, Stalag Luft Nr. 3' of No. 21 Squadron RAF. Blenheim V6398 shot-down over Cherbourg and crashed nearby, 10th July 1941. Took off at Watton to bomb the Cherbourg Docks. Sgt C. G. Penn POW Interned in Camp 9C POW No. 39256. Royal Air Force. Faults. Ref: 310-021.


Price: £25.00
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 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 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
1944 cover ITALY to Feldpost 02462 - POW Transit Camp 161, Russia

1944 cover from ITALY to Feldpost 02462 - POW Transit Camp 161, Russia, Eastern Front. Trimmed opening edge. Ref: 308-116.


Price: £9.00
1944 cover ITALY to USA. 'Ogden Internment Camp, UTAH' censored

1944 Air Mail cover from ITALY to USA with tied EXAMINED BY label. To 'Sergente Serra Luigi, Ogden Internment Camp, UTAH'. Italian POW. Ref: 310-108.


Price: £9.00
1944 cover JORDEN to POW Dept, Jerusalem. hexagonal PASSED BY CENSOR h/s.

1944 cover from JORDEN to POW Dept, Jerusalem with hexagonal PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. FRom 'British Red Cross, Amman'. 2 x 5m. Transjordan adhesives canc. circ. AMMAN p/m. Ref: 307-034.


Price: £35.00
1944 cover South AFRICA to Germany with bi-lingual PASSED BY CENSOR h/s.

1944 cover from South AFRICA to Germany with bi-lingual PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. and oval INTERNERINGSKAMP / BAVIAANSPOORT h/s. Tied South Africa UC8 label and German Geoffnet censor label over. Ref: 301-001.


Price: £35.00
1944 cover USA to Red Cross. Camp Bowie, Texas. boxed Censored h/s.

1944 cover from USA to Red Cross with Washington m/c. and boxed Censored War Department h/s. From Camp Bowie, Texas. Folded. Ref: 302-069.


Price: £9.00