Images of POWs, 1940

Discussion in '1940' started by dbf, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    The Kilt image is of men from the Cameron Highlanders captured at La Basse and the one below it is of Indian Muleteers from the Royal Indian Army Service Corps. This particular company was attached to the 51st Highland Division and were captured around the same time as St Valery fell to the Germans.
     
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  2. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Thank for additional info Drew. I think I’ve seen the Muleteers photo on your FB Page before.
     
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  3. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    British POWs Dunkirk (according to seller) not sure if that’s what is written on rear.
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  4. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    11D4B9A7-B515-4565-8E87-060B2FE6DAA3.jpeg British prisoners taken at Jordoigne Belgium according to writing on the back.
     
  5. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    BEF POWs Dunkirk E6442487-C830-4B45-A355-5846BF371968.jpeg
     
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  6. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Jodoigne is not far from here. It's in front of the Dyle line but there were reconnaissance units ahead. 2nd Infantry Division held that part of the Dyle but it's very close to Hamme-Mille. It wouldn't surprise me if these men were some of the crews of the 13th/18th Hussars Scout Carriers lost in front of the Dyle referred to in an earlier thread...There were eight men, of whom one or two seem to have been killed. It could even be the same ditch that they're sitting in. Obviously only just captured and looking quite shaken-up. Is the first chap nursing his wrist ?

    13th/18th Royal Hussars Carrier at Hamme-Mille
     
  7. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Yeah, does look like he is holding his wrist as if it is hurt. Just looked at the thread you linked to. If you’re right that’s an great catch on your behalf. Time to call in the forum experts to see if these guys are Hussars. Maybe Keith has some more related photos in his collection?
     
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  8. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Officer [ Major ] has what looks like ww1 medals .
    Original photo from my collection.
    Keith
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  9. John West

    John West Member

    Morris, Any idea where this was taken?
     
  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Sorry no.
    Keith
     
  11. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Definitely France. I don't think French Flanders and the trees and light look a little more summerish rather than spring...Typically June rather than May I think... They look quite freshly captured and the presence of the horses suggests that it is later than the initial motorised sichelschnitt which again points towards a post-Dunkirk date and location.

    Somewhere south of the Somme ?
     
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  12. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I don't have any detail of this one but I get a BEF feel from it - maybe lack of nets on the helmets - it was with some paperwork to a Lancs Fusiliers lad but he didn't join up til later and was never a POW so no idea how it relates to him (if at all). The lads closest have the RWF backflash.
     

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  13. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    They do look like BEF prisoners, don't they ? The officers with the black tails being allowed to retain the helmets fits as well. Didn't the RWF take most of their casualties on the La Bassée canal ? The building behind could be one of the older towns in French Flanders.

    My dad came back with quite a number of Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe photos from the lockers at the barracks he was billetted at as the war ended. One of those was of a downed Fairey Battle at Vitry-en-Artois, presumably someone's souvenir from 1940. If your man ended the war in Germany then it's quite possible that he'd have kept a photo of British PWs.
     
  14. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    A20B5920-FD43-49B4-83A9-9BC047D9E2C5.jpeg British POWs Bethune, 1940. Taken by Panzer Regiment 35. Looks like they are being used to help recover the wrecked tank.
     
  15. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    British POWs go into captivity, France 1940. Exact location unknown.
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  16. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

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    Men of the Gordon Highlanders after their capture.

    The caption on this original press photo published in July 1940 reads:
    “Soldiers of a beaten army. English Prisoners of War (Gordon Highlanders) await resignedly for their transport to the collection place”
     
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  17. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    I would agree with Rich that the location is northern France,given the aftermath of the Blitzkrieg.The image of the unique concrete pylon on the left of the photograph is typical of the French electricity distribution network although the pylon lacks any evidence of overhead line attached to it.

    This type of concrete pylon can still be found in France especially on rural networks.
     
  18. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    British and French POWs taken at Steenvorde
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  19. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    French POW taken at Lons-le-Saunier
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  20. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    5FEAB46C-F0DE-4996-BE3E-0027FE185094.jpeg British POWs, Belgium
     
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