Life in the prison camp

About the prison camp where HMCS Athabaskan were held.

This sailor was one of them.

Tricket zoom

Lest We Forget

This is the text I found on Stuart A. Kettles’s Website.

I will add the pictures that were sent to me by Jim L’Esperance’s son and daughter.

AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR IN GERMANY
Prepared by MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE, WAR DEPARTMENT 1 Nov 1945

MARLAG, UND MILAG NORD (Naval Personnel)

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image from this site

LOCATION
The camp was situated at Westertimke (53deg 51min North latitude – 9deg 67min 51sec East longitude) 30 miles southwest of Hamburg and 10 miles north of Bremen. It was well placed on sandy ground planted with pine trees. On 10 April 1945, the majority of PW was evacuated toward Lubeck, but many of the personnel who were unable to march remained as a unit until liberated by the British on 14 April.

STRENGTH
Created for the confinement of Navy and Merchant Marine personnel only,-the installation under normal conditions had a capacity of 5300 and in…

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