British Generals Captured During WW2

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by tasker, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. tasker

    tasker Member

    Does anyone know how many british generals were captured during WW2? Was just searching the pow list on ancestry.co.uk and saw three listed under P!
     
  2. Steen Ammentorp

    Steen Ammentorp Senior Member

    To my knowledge the following british generals, who held the rank of local, acting, temporary or substantive Major-General and above at the time, were POWs during the war. I have organised them af the nation holding them. A * indicates that they suceed in escaping.

    Germany:
    Major-General Sir Victor Morven Fortune (1883-1949)

    Italy:
    Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart (1880-1963)*
    Major-General Michael Denman Gambier-Parry (1891-1976)*
    Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Neame (1888-1978) *
    General Sir Richard Nugent O'Connor (1889-1981)*

    Japan:
    Major-General Merton Beckwith-Smith (1890-1942)
    Major-General George Alfred Duncan Harvey (1882-1957)
    Lieutenant-General Sir Lewis Macclesfield Heath (1885-1954)
    Major-General Berthold Wells Key (1895-1986)
    Major-General Ian Macpherson Macrae (1882-1956)
    Major-General Christopher Michael Maltby (1891-1980)
    Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival (1887-1966)
    Major-General Frank Keith Simmons (1888-1952)
    Major-General Hervey Degge Wilmot Sitwell (1896-1973)

    An addittional number of Brigadiers were POWs: 27
     
  3. Does anyone know how many british generals were captured during WW2? Was just searching the pow list on ancestry.co.uk and saw three listed under P!

    Tasker

    I was fooled by this at first, think you will find that a lot of OR's have their Rank listed as General.

    Certainly a lot of my look ups for RA Gunners are listed as General.

    Chris
     
  4. Owen

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  5. Ropi

    Ropi Biggest retard of all

    Well, all of them being held in Italy have escaped, haha :p
     
  6. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Tasker

    I was fooled by this at first, think you will find that a lot of OR's have their Rank listed as General.

    Certainly a lot of my look ups for RA Gunners are listed as General.

    Chris

    You've lost me there - what do you mean by this?
     
  7. You've lost me there - what do you mean by this?


    Below is a screen shot of the POW entry on ancestory.co.uk for my Grandfather.

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    As you will see his Rank is listed as General, which he certainly was not, being a Gunner, could be quite confusing

    Chris
     
  8. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Ah, looks liked dear old Ancestry has c**ked up again; they did that with Soldiers Died for WW1, showing thousands of men killed in 'Aldershot' for some reason!
     
  9. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    Just confirms "Look at the Original" line of thought Paul.
     
  10. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Absolutely!
     
  11. tasker

    tasker Member

    Thanks for clearing that one up fella's, must admit that I was totally taken in by that cock up....well done ancestry.co.uk
     
  12. Hoseman

    Hoseman Junior Member

    Forgive my ignorance. I've just watched a documentary telling us that POWs from the european theatre were sent into russia as pawns between the super powers USA/UK/RUSSIA at the end of WWII. We are talking US and UK troops several thousands possibly up to 22k

    a great many ended up in siberia in gulags.

    I dont see any threads relating to this on here.

    What can you guys tell me.

    Cheers

    Mike
     

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