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RAAF POWS of Lamsdorf, The - Stories of the RAAF POWS of Lamsdorf Including Chronicles of Their 500 Mile Trek

J E Holliday with D A Radke (eds.)
Lamsdorf RAAF POWS Association
ISBN: 064610228
Format: Softcover
Quantity in stock: 1

Condition: Near Fine

Price: $60.00 (inc GST)

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A history of the Royal Australian Air Force POWs interned at Lamsdorf POW Camp in Germany during World War 2. 316 p. : ill., ports ; 21 cm. SCARCE (Light crease to back cover, otherwise as new.)Prisoners of war -- Poland -- Lambinowice.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Poland -- Lambinowice.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Australian. #0119

Uniquely, the Australians all ended up sharing one barracks, No. 18A, in the huge German POW camp known initially as Stalag V111B, later as Stalag 344, in Silesia, in the south-eastern corner of Germany.

For most, it was home for two years, a place of dreary privation but also of bursts of humour and sporting prowess. Australians fielded cricket and soccer teams that held their own against the "old enemy", England.

At one stage, along with 1000 other Allied airmen, they were handcuffed every day in German retribution for the supposed ill deeds of the Allied commandos who raided Dieppe and the island of Sark. But eventually the Australians were exempted.

Time dragged and some dreamed of escape, others attempted it - but only one ever made it back to England.

On January 22, 1945, as the Red Army approached, they were hurriedly roused from their usual routine for an epic march of almost 800 kilometres west to freedom. Although it could have been a death march, amazingly only one man died - of exhaustion - and another was killed by Allied strafing. The rest were liberated by the Allies and made it back to England in April, 1945.

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