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Old 07-21-2007, 01:54 PM   #676
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that great photo,Im sure if this will be taken in USA you can no more see this nice awards
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:03 PM   #677
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The white sign behind the POW's is in French and at least one POW is still wearing a badge on his uniform.

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Old 07-21-2007, 02:07 PM   #678
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Whatever you name is......Very Nice!!! Thanks for posting - Bill

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Old 07-21-2007, 02:17 PM   #679
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I suppose it depends on who was running the POW Camp (not all camps were run by Americans) and whether certain rules were being enforced. Not everything became souvenirs.

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I can't believe they are still wearing their insignias and awards
Why was that? I thought american people were keen on souvenir hunting
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Old 07-23-2007, 09:32 AM   #680
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Hi

Here is one of mine that was loose in the back of an SS photo album I have, with the chaps gathered outside the canteen in a POW camp (dated 1947).

I have another showing the camp and both look rather like offical press shots given the size and quality of the prints.

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Old 07-27-2007, 09:54 AM   #681
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Old 07-27-2007, 03:54 PM   #682
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Raymond and Karl-Heinz,

Thanks for sharing your photos!
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Old 07-28-2007, 12:45 PM   #683
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No picture, but realted question.

In ' To the Bitter End ' Victor Klemperer relates :

" Came across a military vehicle being repaired, soldier watching (SS)
had only one hand, lost the other in Normandy. Taken prisoner there,
shipped to the USA, and then exchanged,aged 18 big and strong."

Did prisoner exchanges takeplace on a regular basis? I presume only
unfit for combat types, limb loss,blindness etc. Not sure the allies would
want to put ANY SS back in circulation. Exchanged by Red Cross? where?.

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Old 07-28-2007, 03:17 PM   #684
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John,

I have heard of very ill prisoners being exchanged but not prisoners as described by Victor Klemperer...especially SS prisoners given their reputation. Does the book cite a date this meeting took place?

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No picture, but realted question.

In ' To the Bitter End ' Victor Klemperer relates :

" Came across a military vehicle being repaired, soldier watching (SS)
had only one hand, lost the other in Normandy. Taken prisoner there,
shipped to the USA, and then exchanged,aged 18 big and strong."

Did prisoner exchanges takeplace on a regular basis? I presume only
unfit for combat types, limb loss,blindness etc. Not sure the allies would
want to put ANY SS back in circulation. Exchanged by Red Cross? where?.

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Old 07-29-2007, 09:53 AM   #685
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Hi Bill,
I have scanned the relevant chapter, VK kept a precise diary
and has this down as 19th April 45.

Seems strange, obviously the trooper was on rear line duties but he
mentions possibility of front line again.

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Old 07-29-2007, 09:55 AM   #686
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:37 AM   #687
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Very Strange indeed....I would have thought the exchange of SS prisoners would be out of the question especially after the Battle of the Bulge. Fortunately the end of the war was very close at hand during this encounter but I cannot help but think that this young lad was probably thrown into some useless battle because he was SS. It makes you think whether he made it through the rest of the war or not. Cheers! - Bill

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I have scanned the relevant chapter, VK kept a precise diary
and has this down as 19th April 45.

Seems strange, obviously the trooper was on rear line duties but he
mentions possibility of front line again.

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Old 07-31-2007, 02:24 PM   #688
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Got this postcard size photo of a German POW Camp somewhere in Afrika
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:42 PM   #689
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Recently picked up some POW photos.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:43 PM   #690
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#2 POW's in England
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