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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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1945 POW l/s. ITALY to 'Camp 353, Kenya'. Censored and redirected to 'SOMALIA'

1945 (June) printed POW l/s. from ITALY to 'Camp 353, Kenya' [Gilgil] with P/W MIDDLE EAST 256 censor h/s. Redirected to 'SOMALIA 18.12.44' in mss. Ref: 307-091.


Price: £30.00
1945 POW PC INDIA to Italy. No. 22 Camp POW. Located DEHRA DUN.

1945 POW [Prisoner of War] PC from INDIA to Italy with PASSED DHP/3 and d/r. DHP/264 h/s. From No. 22 Camp POW, c/o GPO Bombay. Located DEHRA DUN. Edge faults. Ref: 320-034.


Price: £30.00
1914 (Oct. 5th) cover 'Prisoner of War'. Ex. FJ Field collection 'German Airman'

1914 (5th. Oct.) cover to 'Shanley Spooner' and endorsed 'Prisoner of War' with s/r. LONDON OFFICIAL PAID p/m. Also s/r. P.C. h/s. Ex. FJ Field collection who states from a German "Airman". Very early POW mail. Ref: 308-050.


Price: £35.00
1914-15 POW cover GB to USA. 'George Mayer, Alexandra Palace'. s/r. 'P.C.' h/s.

1914-15 printed POW cover from GB to USA with s/r. POST FREE / P.C. / PRISONER OF WAR h/s. and No charge for postage Prisoner / of War Mail New York, N.Y. h/s. From 'Company Leader George Mayer, Alexandra Palace'. [George Mayer was interned as an enemy alien in Alexandra Palace, London from 1915-1916. He was a Czech national who came to England in the 1890s. He entered 'service' and became butler to the aristocracy. It is believed that he was asked to serve personally King Edward VII when the monarch was entertained at the German and/or French embassies] Ref: 313-051.


Price: £35.00
1915 cover AUSTRIA to GB. British POW at Kirchberg Camp. Red Cross censor

1915 cover from AUSTRIA to GB with LONDON PAID m/c. and Red Cross censor h/s. From 'G. Clarkson' - British POW at Kirchberg Camp. [Camp at Kirchberg an der Wild in Lower Austria for Enemy Aliens and Internment. The castle served as an internment camp for prisoners of war] Ref: 321-027.


Price: £35.00
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 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
1942 POW l/s. GERMANY to Palestine. dumb p/m. Camp censor Stalag VIII B

1942 POW l/s. from GERMANY to Palestine with d/r. dumb p/m. and oval Camp censor h/s. From Stalag VIII B - located Lamsdorf (now Aambinowice) in Silesia. Ref: 316-041.


Price: £35.00
1942 Red Cross Message Form ITALY to ERITREA. PASSED BY 11 CENSOR

1942 Red Cross Message Form from ITALY to ERITREA with Red Cross cachets and s/r. PASSED BY 11 CENSOR / PASSATO PER CENSURA h/s. Folded. Ref: 318-110.


Price: £35.00
1943 (Dec) POW l/s. Southern RHODESIA to Italy. Crown PASSED DE/30 h/s.

1943 (Dec) POW l/s. from Southern RHODESIA to Italy with Crown PASSED DE/30 h/s. From. Camp No. 5 - Fort Victoria. Internment Camp. Ref: 319-084.


Price: £35.00
1943 Air Mail cover South AFRICA to Italy. Koffiefontein p/m. and censor label

1943 Air Mail cover from South AFRICA to Italy with d/r. Koffiefontein p/m. and censor label to rear. Large internment camp that held 800 South African internees, who were suspected of being pro-Nazi. Ref: 309-100.


Price: £35.00
1943 Air Mail l/s. KENYA to Italy. POSTAGE PAID p/m. 'No. 2 Italian Evacuee Camp'

1943 Air Mail l/s. from KENYA to Italy with d/r. POSTAGE PAID p/m. and boxed CENTRAL INTERNMENT CAMP MAIL h/s. From 'No. 2 Italian Evacuee Camp'. Ref: 315-075.


Price: £35.00
1943 POW PC GERMANY to USA. '1st. Lt. James R Roberts, Stalag Luft 3' Airman

1943 (Dec.) POW PC from GERMANY to USA with d/r. dumb p/m. From '1st. Lt. James R Roberts, Stalag Luft 3' Airman stationed Grafton Underwood on 12 July 1943; Missing in Action Kiel 29 July 1943 with James R. Roberts, crashed at Kaltoft, near Schwelsig, Germany. Nicknames JIMMIE BOY. Production block number B-17F-65-BO Fortress. Faults. Ref: 317-107.


Price: £35.00
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 (Aug) Air Mail l/s. POW in KENYA to Italy d/r. POSTAGE PAID / SI.30 h/s.

1944 (Aug) 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 184 h/s. and s/r. POW 385 EAF h/s to rear. From 'POW Camp No. 365 - Londiani. East Africa. Ref: 320-046.


Price: £35.00
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 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 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