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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 POW l/s. GERMANY to GB. 'John Lewis, Internierunslager BIBERACH'

1944 POW l/s. from GERMANY to GB and redirected with d/r. dumb p/m. and censored. From 'John Charles Lewis', Internierunslager BIBERACH. Allied civilian from Jersey, Channel Islands. Ref: 310-158.


Price: £30.00
1944 POW l/s. GERMANY to Italy. Camp censor h/s. From Stalag VI D

1944 POW l/s. and reply from GERMANY to Italy with oval US ARMY PW EXAMINER h/s. and Camp censor h/s. From Stalag VI D - Dortmund. Ref: 309-109.


Price: £6.00
1944 POW l/s. GERMANY to Italy. Stalag XII A Fichtenhain, Krefeld

1944 POW l/s. from GERMANY to Italy with boxed Camp censor Stalag VI J h/s. From Prisoner number 'M53016' ['M' signifies a Naval unit] Stalag XII A located Fichtenhain, Krefeld. Ref: 308-129.


Price: £9.00
1944 POW l/s. ITALY to 'Camp N. 351' Nairobi, East Africa Command [KENYA]

1944 POW l/s. from ITALY to 'Camp N. 351' Nairobi, East Africa Command [KENYA] with 'DESTRO' in mss. [Farm] Also d/r. NAIROBI / POSTE RESTANTE receipt p/m. to rear and boxed censor h/s. Ref: 305-090.


Price: £20.00
1944 POW l/s. ITALY to 'Oflag 83, Germany'. located Wietzendorf. censored

1944 POW l/s. ITALY to 'Oflag 83, Germany'. located Wietzendorf and censored. [The camp was initially used for Soviet prisoners from the Eastern Front; later it was partially evacuated because of the poor sanitary conditions and used to house other prisoners, including many Italian war prisoners (Italienische Militaerinternierte) which Nazi Germany considered to have lost their military status, as they had declined to follow Mussolini's orders after the armistice between Italy and the Allies signed on 3 September 1943] Ref: 301-046.


Price: £15.00
1944 POW l/s. South AFRICA - Inter Camp mail to ZONDERWATER censored

1944 POW l/s. [POW 9] from Italian prisoner in South AFRICA - Inter Camp mail to ZONDERWATER and censored. Re: 304-084.


Price: £20.00
1944 POW l/s. South AFRICA to Italy. bi-lingual S. Africa + German censors

1944 POW l/s. [POW 9] from South AFRICA to Italy with bi-lingual S. Africa and German censors. From Campo 35, Blocco 12. Imprint: 3.42. M 7337. Ref: 313-087.


Price: £9.00
1944 POW l/s. TUNISIA to Italy. 'Campo XVI' censored

1944 POW l/s. from TUNISIA to Italy and censored. From 'Campo XVI' - Tunis. Ref: 309-120.


Price: £6.00
1944 POW l/s. USA to Italy. '203 POW Camp, Washington'. US + German censors

1944 POW l/s. from USA to Italy with US and German censors. From '203 POW Camp, Washington'. Ref: 314-085.


Price: £9.00
1944 POW PC 'BNAF' to Italy. No. 217 POW Camp. PASSED BY PW CENSOR

1944 POW PC from 'BNAF' to Italy with boxed US PASSED BY / PW / CENSOR h/s. From No. 217 POW Camp. [British North Africa Forces] Probably Algeria. Ref: 315-111.


Price: £8.00
1944 POW PC 'Camp N. 353' Gilgil, KENYA to Italy with d/r. POW EAC p/m.

1944 POW PC from 'Camp N. 353' Gilgil, KENYA [East Africa] to Italy with d/r. POW EAC p/m. and s/r. censor h/s. Ref: 305-089.


Price: £15.00
1944 POW PC East AFRICA to Somalia Italiana with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. 'Camp 359'

1944 POW PC from East AFRICA to Somalia Italiana with d/r. POW / EAC p/m. and P/W EAST AFRICA 026 h/s. Located Camp No. 359 Burguret, Kenya. Also d/r. MOGADISCIO receipt p/m. Ref: 306-134.


Price: £25.00
1944 POW PC GERMANY to India. "Mit Luftpost Nach India Ueber Madrid Bis Tangier"

1944 (Nov.) Air Mail POW PC from GERMANY to India [10 Pf RATE] endorsed "Mit Luftpost Nach India Ueber Madrid Bis Tangier" with s/r. Camp censor h/s. From 'Capt. Jones, Eric' Oflag VII B . [German prisoner-of-war camp for officers, located in Eichsttt, Bavaria] Addressed to 'D.E. Augier' - OBE, Finance Minister. Also d/r. TONK-RAJ receipt p/m. [1940: AUGIER, Douglas Eric, O.B.E., Opium dept., -United - Provs. (jt. opium officer, Malwa)] Ref: 312-062.


Price: £50.00
1944 POW PC GERMANY to Scotland. BIBERACH p/m. censored 'N. Spence' internee

1944 (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 .. "unattended women, 40 in number, are going to Libenan on Monday and 125 Jewish women and children coming here ..... letters are coming through quickly again via Sweden". [Channel Islander deported to internment camp in 1942 and 1943] Ref: 314-029.


Price: £35.00
1944 POW PC South AFRICA to 'Italian Evacuee Camp No. 1B, Kenia'

1944 POW PC [POW 10] from Italian POW in South AFRICA to 'Italian Evacuee Camp No. 1B, Kenia' [Kenya, East Africa] and censored. [Camp to Camp] Folded. Ref: 304-085.


Price: £18.00
1944 POW PC USA to Italy. NEW YORK m/c. Raritan Arsanal Camp censored

1944 POW PC from USA to Italy with NEW YORK m/c. Censored in United States and Germany. From Raritan Arsanal Camp. Ref: 305-080.


Price: £15.00
1944 printed covers to/from Ebersecken, Military Internee Camp, SWITZERLAND.

1944 printed covers to/from Ebersecken, Military Internee Camp, SWITZERLAND. Internment Camp. One with d/r. Militr-Internierung in der Schweiz / Portofrei 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] NB: Corner missing. Ref: 313-032.


Price: £15.00
1944 printed l/s. ITALY to 'Osperdale Italiano 212 POW Camp, Nord Africa, Algeria'

1944 printed l/s. from ITALY to 'Osperdale Italiano 212 POW Camp, Nord Africa, Algeria' [Hospital] and censored. Ref: 307-087.


Price: £9.00
1944 printed POW PC's ALGERIA to Italy. Camp ORAN. US ARMY PW RELEASED

1944 printed POW PC's from ALGERIA to Italy. Camp ORAN. One with oval US ARMY PW RELEASED h/s. Ref: 309-098.


Price: £8.00
1944 ps l/s. GB to 'Flight/Sgt Chapman, Stalag Luft 3, (Stalag Luft 6) Germany'.

1944 ps lettersheet from GB to 'Flight/Sgt Chapman, Stalag Luft 3, (Stalag Luft 6) Germany'. Air Gunner Chapman from No. 61 Squadron Coningby Lincs was reported missing on raid on the ball bearing factory at Schweinfurt. [Photocopy of RAF letter included] Ref: 311-045.


Price: £40.00