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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 '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: 319-077.


Price: £85.00
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 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
1943 (June) cover SPAIN to Switzerland. Spanish Blue Division POW, Russia

1943 (June) Air Mail cover from SPAIN to Switzerland and censored. Regarding Spanish Blue Division soldier taken POW in Russia. 372 members of the Blue Division, they were taken prisoner by the victorious Red Army. Ref: 310-100.


Price: £85.00
1944 US FBI 'WANTED' Flyer - Escaped Prisoner of War - Riziero Fiorucci

1944 US FBI 'WANTED' Flyer - Escaped Prisoner of War - Riziero Fiorucci. Issued by John Edgar Hoover, Director. "Cancelled 5/23/46" in mss. [Federal Bureau of Investigation. United States Department of Justice] Ref: 319-099.


Price: £85.00
1900 (May) BOER WAR cover to POW, Greenpoint Camp. VENTERSBURG ROAD p/m

1900 (3rd. May) BOER WAR cover to Boer POW at Greenpoint Camp with s/r. VENTERSBURG ROAD RO p/m. Censored by the Boers and British (2A) seals. Also circ. CENSOR / PRISONER OF WAR h/s. [Sent out by the long route: Ventersburg to Johannesburg, via Delagoa Bay by sea to Durban - received 9th. May] Heavy fighting at Ventersburg which fell to Gen. French's forces some seven days after mailing. Ref: 321-071.


Price: £99.00
1901 ps PC South AFRICA to 'de Witt Hamer, POW, Wallis cottage, St. Helena'

1901 (Feb) ps PC South AFRICA [Boer War] to 'Monseiur de Witt Hamer, Prisoner of War, Wallis cottage, St. Helena' with s/r. Censor / Prisoner of War h/s. Dutch contingent POW of the British on St Helena Island. Also s/l. LE CONSUL GENERAL DE FRANCE h/s. and part s/r. ST. HELENA receipt p/m. to rear. Creased. Ref: 309-012.


Price: £100.00
1914 (Aug. 29th) cover GB to USA. German POW at Dorchester Camp

1914 (29th. Aug.) cover from GB to USA with LONDON p/m. and boxed PC / MO5 (H) h/s. [MO5: Military Intelligence. Section H: Postal Censorship] From 'Fredrick Manttels, POW Camp, Dorchester. Very early POW Mail. NB: Tear. Ref: 308-052.


Price: £100.00
1916 cover + letter SPAIN to GB. "petitioning H.M to cause inquires to be made to Berlin"

1916 (May) cover and letter from SPAIN to GB with des prisioners de guerre h/s. [POW] mss .. "I am ordered by His Majesty the King, my August Sovereign, to answer your letter petitioning H.M to cause inquires to be made to Berlin with regard to Mr. A. Woffenden (your son") From 'De SM El Ray', Palacio Real de Madrid with red seal to rear. Ref: 314-084.


Price: £100.00
1917 Registered Letter S. AFRICA to Germany. HOSTILE COUNTRIES' CENSOR h/s.

1917 Registered Letter from South AFRICA to Germany with PRISONER OF WAR h/s. and boxed HOSTILE COUNTRIES' CENSOR / SALISBURY HOUSE, LONDON h/s. Also OPENED BY CENSOR label and PASSED BY CENSOR h/s. From 'Camp I, Fort Napier, P. Maritzburg'. Ref: 319-142.


Price: £100.00
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
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
1943 printed Air Mail POW l/s. [POSTAGE PAID Sh. 1/30] KENYA to Italy 'Camp 352'

1943 printed Air Mail POW l/s. [d/r. POSTAGE PAID Sh. 1/30 h/s. in red] from KENYA to Italy with weak boxed P/W EAST AFRICA 025 h/s. From 'Camp 352' - Naivasha, Kenya. South Africa. Also d/r. POW / EAC p/m. to rear. Ref: 310-002.


Price: £100.00
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 POW l/s. ITALY to GERMANY. Stalag II B. 'LA CENSURA GERMANICA' label

1944 POW l/s. from ITALY to GERMANY, Stalag II B with tied 'LA CENSURA GERMANICA' label: E'severamente proibito scrivere il nom dell'Arbeitskommando. Aggiunge te al vostro indirizzo solo il numero distintivo dell'Arbeitskommando, altrimenti la vostra lettera sara' cestinata. LA CENSURA GERMANICA.
[It is strictly forbidden to write the name of the Arbeitskommando. [work detail] Add yourself to your address only the distinguishing number of the Arbeitskommando, otherwise your letter will be trashed. GERMAN CENSURE] Ref: 319-078.


Price: £100.00
1946 POW ps PC AUSTRALIA to Italy. 'Camp 12 Cowre, No. 33 Control'

1946 (Oct) POW ps PC [6d. Rate] from AUSTRALIA to Italy with s/r. LIVERPOOL p/m. From 'Camp 12 Cowre, No. 33 Control' (Centre). PWCC 33: KYOGLE Farm, open June 1944 to Dec. 1946. Only 96 prisoners. Creased. Ref: 316-103.


Price: £100.00
1916 printed POW cover AUSTRALIA to CHINA. PASSED BY / CENSOR SD h/s.

1916 printed POW cover from AUSTRALIA to CHINA with boxed PASSED BY / CENSOR SD h/s. From 'Fritz Felbick' at Trial Bay Camp NSW with s/r. CANTON receipt p/m. to rear [Oct. 14th. 1916] Concentration Camp. Prisoner of War. Photograph available at 'trove.nla.gov.au' for Felbick Fritz - index number 4791. NB: Opens out. Ref: 317-160.


Price: £240.00
1945 (Sept) cover + letter CONGO to Italy. 'POW. Campo Medio Congo, Brazzaville'

1945 (Sept) cover and letter from the CONGO to Italy with ALGER m/c. and circ. ?POLZ POSTAL h/s. From 'Russo Antonio, POW. Campo Medio Congo, Brazzaville'. Letter headed 'Brazzaville 7/7/1945'. Signed 'Russo Antonio'. Ref: 315-055.


Price: £375.00