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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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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: 304-147.


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 (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 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 GERMANY to POW at 'Camp Dhurringile, Victoria, Australia'. censored

1942 (May) Air Mail cover from GERMANY to POW at 'Camp Dhurringile, Victoria, Australia' with 3 tied censor labels: German, British and Australian. Also 'Taxe percue 40 Rpf' in mss. The 65-room Dhurringile mansion: for 50 German Officers and their batmen including Captain Detmers of HSK Kormoran. [Scuttled following battle, 19 Nov. 1941] Camp located: in the Tatura District of Victoria. Edge nick. Ref: 304-099.


Price: £80.00
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
1942 POW l/s. GB to ITALY censored. No. 36 POW CAM P / GREAT BRITAIN h/s.

1942 POW l/s. from GB to ITALY and censored with No. 36 POW CAM P / GREAT BRITAIN h/s. - Hartwell Dog Track Camp, Hartwell, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Ref: 301-056.


Price: £9.00
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 POW l/s. KENYA to Italy. POW / EAC p/m. 'POW Camp 358, East Africa'

1942 POW l/s. from KENYA to Italy with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. and boxed P/W EAST AFRICA 004 h/s. From 'POW Camp 358, East Africa'. Located: Makindu. Ref: 315-072.


Price: £20.00
1942 POW lettersheet AUSTRALIA to Italy. '3 Opened by Censor' label. MYRTLEFORD

1942 POW lettersheet from AUSTRALIA to Italy with tied '3 Opened by Censor' label and boxed No. 5 PW GROUP Myrtleford AUSTRALIA h/s. Also tied CENSURA label. Prisoner of War. Ref: 311-034.


Price: £40.00
1942 POW PC 'PM 82 P' to 'Camp 309, Egypt' bi-lingual censor h/s.

1942 POW PC from 'PM 82 P' to 'Camp 309, Egypt' [Ismailia] with bi-lingual PASSED BY CENSOR / DEUR DIE SENSOR GOEDGEKEUR h/s. - censored South AFRICA. [Piedmont Infantry Division, Posta Militare 82 P] Ref: 315-112.


Price: £20.00
1942 Red Cross letter + photo re: 'Denis Solivon, ERA, HMS "DUNEDIN" sunk 24/11/41

1942 Red Cross letter and photo regarding 'Denis Solivon, ERA, HMS "DUNEDIN". [HMS Dunedin was patrolling between Brazil and Africa when she was sunk on the 24th. Nov. 1941. Two torpedoes from the German submarine U-124 hit her and she sank rapidly. Only four officers and 63 men survived out of the Dunedin’s crew of 486 officers and men] mss .. "...the likeness in photograph gave her must now be abandoned" - football team from Stalag VIII B. Re: 314-028.


Price: £45.00
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: 301-073.


Price: £35.00
1942 Red Cross PC ITALY to 'Camp 32, Union of South Africa' censored

1942 Red Cross PC from ITALY to 'Camp 32, Union of South Africa'. Adhesives removed by censor and boxed P/w MIDDLE EAST 007 h/s. placed over. Edge nick. Ref: 307-090.


Price: £15.00
1942-43 Air Mail POW l/s. and PC from INDIA to Germany and censored.

1942-43 Air Mail POW l/s. and PC from INDIA to Germany and censored. One with PRISONER OF WAR CAMP 24 - 8 Annas meter mark. [Postmark applied by meter machine] The other a printed postcard. From 'No. 24 Camp, POW', Dehra Dun' Internment Camp. Ref: 315-056.


Price: £45.00
1942-43 POW l/s's South AFRICA to Italy and censored. From 'Hospital POW'

1942-43 POW l/s's from South AFRICA to Italy and censored. From 'Hospital POW'. POW 9 l/s. by Airmail with Imprint: GP-S.35097-1942-3-720,000.S. The other with Imprint: GP-S. 35490-1941-2-750,000.S. Ref: 301-004.


Price: £20.00