1946/7 POW cigarette Case

Discussion in 'General' started by Welbourn, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Welbourn

    Welbourn Member

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    This cigarette case was given to my late father in Egypt in 1946/7 by a German Africa Korps POW who he knew as Walter Dyke (Walther Dijk??) who hailed from Leipzig.
    The family story had it that Walter made it and I have always assumed it was unique. However, I have seen a similar cigarette case currently for sale on ebay.
    Therefore, could Walter Dyke have made them both or was my father duped and these cases were ten a penny!
    Can anyone shed any light on this please.
    Welbourn

    World War Ancestry - ancestor tracing, military, army, soldier historical research, tracking relatives
     

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  2. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Snap! This item was found in my late wife's uncle's effects when he died. He served in North Africa.

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    If they were POW produced they were very busy.

    Tony
     
  3. Roddy1011

    Roddy1011 Senior Member

    Hi there -

    I also have German POW cig cases made in the Le Marchant Camp, Devizes. It appears to have been a regular trade to acquire money or goodies that were not available post-war...

    Roddy
     
  4. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    I borrowed one for an exhibition, I was told by the owner that he watched his being decorated - the aluminium case was already made, the decorating done with worn-out and broken drill bits, saws and simple punches. The small 'enamel' dots were made from the whittled end of a plastic toothbrush, stuck in, cut off and polished. British issue toothbrushes were coloured plastic (I did not know that until then) and the POW's would give a part exchange deal for worn out examples to use. Keith
     
  5. Welbourn

    Welbourn Member

  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  7. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    I borrowed one for an exhibition, I was told by the owner that he watched his being decorated - the aluminium case was already made, the decorating done with worn-out and broken drill bits, saws and simple punches. The small 'enamel' dots were made from the whittled end of a plastic toothbrush, stuck in, cut off and polished. British issue toothbrushes were coloured plastic (I did not know that until then) and the POW's would give a part exchange deal for worn out examples to use. Keith

    Goes along with my orignal thoughts. The case appears to be professionally produced and the design, that is an attachment, may well have been made by POWs or indeed, the Egyptian locals, they make anything out of anything!

    Tony
     
  8. crop sprayer

    crop sprayer Junior Member

    What a great load of people you all are full of allsorts of info, keep it up.
    (mick the tune)
     
  9. Welbourn

    Welbourn Member

    All these years I thought I had a unique case. Wish my father was still around to learn a bit more!! thanks for the posts and pics
     
  10. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Its provenance made it unique to you dad and that makes it unique to you. :)
     
  11. Bluebell21

    Bluebell21 Old Hand

    Snap again!
    Brought back with my late uncle in 1945.
     

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  12. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

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    This cigarette case was given to my late father in Egypt in 1946/7 by a German Africa Korps POW whom he knew as Walter Dyke (Walther Dijk??) and who hailed from Leipzig.


    Dyke is not a German name at all, and the version Dijk would be Dutch, not German.

    The probable German name is Deich, the diphthong 'ei' being pronounced like the English pronoun 'I' (as in 'Einstein') and the ch being gutteral, as in the Scottish 'loch'.
     
  13. Welbourn

    Welbourn Member

    It is indeed special to me. I know it probably needs another thread starting, but is there a way of potentially tracing who Walter Dyke was in the German Army?? I have no knowledge of tracing those records?
     
  14. Welbourn

    Welbourn Member

    Deich!!
     
  15. BRI54

    BRI54 Junior Member

    I have a cigarette case that belonged to my dad who told me it was made by a german p.o.w , but where or when he did not say , Dad was attached to the 461st battery/85th field/mountain regiment and from his records he travelled a bit.

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