German POW's in England

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German POW's in England

Post by London Lad » 22 Apr 2002 10:08

Did any German POW's held in England successfully escape and make it back to main land Europe to fight again with the German/Axis forces?

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Post by mottii » 22 Apr 2002 11:29

Yes, 2 escaped back to germany and even sent the commandant
of the British camp a note saying they didn't care for his hospitality.

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Post by mike262752 » 23 Apr 2002 00:30


Franz von Werra

Luftwaffe ace with 21 victories.

He made two failed attepmts in England, but succesfully escaped from Canada. He went through America, Mexico, and South America, then through Spain and back to Germany.

He died on 10-25-1941.

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Post by Desert Fox » 23 Apr 2002 01:29

I learnt the other day from my grandmother (Much to my amusement) that there were in fact 2 POW camps in North Wales. I don't know about German prisoners, but there were Italian Prisoners there. They were used as labourers to grow food... Heh, the things you find out when you look eh?

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Post by POW » 23 Apr 2002 16:49

@ London Lad
2181 German PoW's escaped in Great Britain. Until end of November 1947, 81 men were not recaptured.

@ Motti
I like to get more informations on that.

@ Desert Fox
330 camp-locations, work-units and hospitals are known. Of that number were 5,4% located in Wales.

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Post by GFM2000 » 24 Apr 2002 06:12

There are always numerous stories of Allied pilots who were shot down over German territory, and desperately made it back home alive. But of the total number of German pilots / soldiers captured in Allied POW camps, what percentage of them have the desire to escape? And how many of those made it back alive????


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Post by Oswald Mosley » 25 Apr 2002 17:12

Afilm was made in 1950s about Franz von Werra, starring Hardy Kruger (himself a former trooper in the Hitlerjugend).

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