Colditz Canadians

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  1. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Extracts from "Detour - The Story of Oflag IVC"
     
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  2. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Lt Col C C I Merritt VC, South Saskatchewan Regiment.
     

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  3. JimHerriot

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    Lieut J E R Wood MC, Royal Canadian Engineers.
     

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  4. JimHerriot

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    Escape from Oflag VIIB Eichstatt 3rd/4th June 1943 (part 1).
     

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  5. JimHerriot

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    Escape from Oflag VIIB Eichstatt 3rd/4th June 1943 (part 2).
     

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  6. JimHerriot

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    Lt John H Roy, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, and his account "FETTERED" after Dieppe.
     

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    Tpr G R Armstrong, Calgary Regiment.
     

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  8. JimHerriot

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    "TO BE PUT DOWN AS AN EXPERIMENT - DIEPPE"

    By Lieut A R Marchand, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal.
     

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  9. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian

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  10. JimHerriot

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    Thank you so much Chris C for posting the link to Lieut. Wood's speech. I recommend all to read said speech in it's entirety. It is profound and heart-tearing stuff.

    Again Chris, thank you.
     
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  11. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Lt John Edward Rogers Wood, Military Cross | Canadian Military Engineers

    Citation for Military Cross:

    During the raid on Dieppe, 19 August 1942, Lieutenant Wood was aboard a landing craft which beached some 50 feet from shore. He swam ashore and returned to the ship several times through heavy fire, assisting aboard the wounded who had attempted to land. This officer was in the water some considerable time, and although wounded himself displayed marked leadership in the rescue of wounded, and with no regard for himself, carried on throughout the entire action, undoubtedly saving many lives. When the tide receded, Lieutenant Wood unloaded and carried ashore beehive charges for engineer demolitions and rolls of tracking for tanks. At this time the landing craft had been hit and was burning. He carried on his work in the open under intense enemy fire without thought for his own safety. he showed remarkable coolness in handling men and was a splendid example to all.

    Deceased Vancouver, BC 24 December 1973.

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  12. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian

    You are most welcome, Jim. I somehow missed your thread until I looked at Jba45ww2's post today. I have read about a couple of accounts of POW life and escape attempts by members of the Calgary Regiment captured at Dieppe, though not from Colditz.
     
  13. Pronto91

    Pronto91 Canadian Signals Researcher

    Can I request the pages on Maj Rolfe (RCCS) please?
     
  14. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Major G L Rolfe DSO, Royal Canadian Signals (for Pronto91)

    J'acoute!

    Kind regards,

    Jim.

    P.S. Joe, you have an excellent website, first class work.
     

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  15. Pronto91

    Pronto91 Canadian Signals Researcher

    Thanks Jim both for the pages and the kind words on the website.
     
  16. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  17. Sheldi

    Sheldi New Member

    Can I request any information, especially pre-war and post war, on Flt Lt Don Thom, in Colditz from 1941 up to liberation in 1945?
     
  18. Refer to following books ... (1) Colditz The Full Story by P. R. Reid and (2) Detour: The Story of OFLAG IVC by J.E.R. Wood for starters as they contain references to Flt Lt Don Thom from his time in Colditz (Oflag IVC) from 1941 to 1943.
     
  19. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

     
  20. Thank you for attaching the newspaper articles on Donald Thom!

    From the book "Wires and Walls" by Charles Rollings, D.S. Thom was sent from Fort XV, Thorn (Poland) to Colditz (Oflag IV-C) on April 14, 1941 as a disciplinary measure for the failed escape attempt by Donaldson, Flinn, and Thom in stealing an aircraft from the Graudenz aerodrome, to the north of Thorn. .

    From the book "Colditz. The Full Story" by P.R. Reid, D.S. Thom arrived at Colditz on April 16, 1941 and departed from Colditz on June 21, 1943. During his time at Colditz there are at least "3" failed escape attempts by D.S. Thom.

    According to the UK, World War II Allied Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 WO 392 POW Lists 1943-1945
    8: Imperial Prisoners of War Held in Germany or German-Occupied Territory: Air Forces
    , he was assigned to Camp 4A which I believe is Stalag IV-A in Hohenstein. There he was assigned to Reserve Lazaret Schmorkau (Hospital#745) (Serves Stalag IV-A), Schmorkau, Saxony. On July 14, 1944 D.S. Thom had a failed escape attempt from the hospital at Schmorkau.

    He is eventually repatriated back to England prior to the end of the war. The newspaper article from the Edmonton Journal also refer to his repatriation back to England prior to being repatriated back to Canada.

    I'm trying to locate information on D.S. Thom's time at Stalag IV-A / Schmorkau Hospital, and also in regard to his repatriation (likely through Sweden) back to England.
     
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