Italian P.O.W camps

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by FurstyFerret, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. FurstyFerret

    FurstyFerret Junior Member

    Hi,
    I am researching my grandfather’s military history; he was imprisoned at the following camps;
    68 Vetralla - 04/12/42 – 02/01/43
    70 Porto St.Georgio - 02/01/43 – 01/05/43
    62 Bergamo - 01/05/43 – 21/05/43
    62/33 W Camp nr. Milan 21/05/43 – 27/08/43
    62/51 Plemo (Brescia) 27/08/43 – 11/09/43

    In my grandfathers P.O.W report it states that he was released from camp 62/51 and then stayed in the village of Plemo (Brescia Province) until the 18/09/43. The Padre at Plemo was the leader of an organisation who arranged a party of 30 P.O.W’s with an Italian guide to travel to Sondrio. On arrival at Sondrio, a guide escorted the party to the Swiss border.
    I am wondering if there is any information or manuscripts about any of these camps and the journey to the Swiss border.
    Any information would be of great help.
    Many Thanks
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Hello and welcome, I can't help with the PoW stuff but when did he join up and who did he serve with?

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  3. FurstyFerret

    FurstyFerret Junior Member

    Cheers for the reply Andy,

    The unit he was serving with at Tobruk was 25th Field Regiment RA, I think he joined up in 1937
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Was in France during 1940?
     
  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    FurstyFerret,

    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    I am sure that our resident POW experts will be along and help you.

    You may wish to look at the Pegasus website regarding POW camps.

    Italian POW Camps

    Regards
    Tom
     
  6. FurstyFerret

    FurstyFerret Junior Member

    Andy,

    He wasnt in France, he was posted to;

    India 11.1.39 to 26.9.40
    Egypt 27.9.40 to 19.6.42
    P.O.W 20.6.42 to 24.10.44
    Norway 11.5.45 to 30.8.45
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks for letting me know and good luck with your research.
     
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi FF,

    I couldn't see his name mentioned anywhere on your posts. I have copies (photographic) of the file WO392/21 POW's of the Italians as of August 1943, held at the NA. I will look him up for you to see if he is listed and where.

    Steve.
     
  9. FurstyFerret

    FurstyFerret Junior Member

    Steve,

    Thank you for the reply

    I have my grandfather's escape and evasion report,but it has very little information on his experiences within these camps and his escape. Do you know of any other files which could hold this information.

    Many thanks
     
  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Steve,

    Thank you for the reply

    I have my grandfather's escape and evasion report,but it has very little information on his experiences within these camps and his escape. Do you know of any other files which could hold this information.

    Many thanks

    Not really my area I'm afraid, but there are members on the forum with a lot of knowledge on this subject. I only had the 1943 files through a lucky accident, when they were included on a memory stick I inherited whilst researching Far East POW's.

    Happy to look him up for you if you would like.

    Steve.
     
  11. FurstyFerret

    FurstyFerret Junior Member

    Steve,

    Any snippets of information would be great, what information would you need?

    Many Thanks
     
  12. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Steve,

    Any snippets of information would be great, what information would you need?

    Many Thanks

    Name and service number should do it.
     
  13. FurstyFerret

    FurstyFerret Junior Member

    Dennis B Thompson
    Service number - 872383

    Thanks alot
     
  14. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Here he is in Camp 68. And the list of Camps.

    Small in detail but something to have.

    Steve.
     

    Attached Files:

  15. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    FF,

    Hopefully one of the POW experts in this field will come along soon and really add to your research.:)

    Steve.
     
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  16. FurstyFerret

    FurstyFerret Junior Member

  17. Deano8123

    Deano8123 Junior Member

    Hi Gent's,
    Just come across your post reference Italian PoW camps. so read on and by the sounds of it Frusty Feret, My Granddad Frederick Spencer Barkham could have well have shared the same PoW camp if not more!!
    Grandad also served in Tobruk where his brother LAC Douglas Anothey Barkham was killed.
    My Aunty as told me that he was a Prisoner of War and was transferred to Camp C.C. 62 P.M. 3200 (Italy on 1st May 1943 according to The International Red Cross). His Service Number was 915214. I do know that he escaped into Switzerland.She as a letter from International Red Cross giving this detail.
    It's has always been common knowledge in the family that grandad escaped from the PoW camps and made his way to Switerland where he either was RTU or stayed and saw out the rest of the war.Since reading your post feret looks like it was a well organized mass escape!!

    Bamboo I would be gratful If you could check your files to see if my grand was there at this time?

    sorry for butting in on your posts but i thought it all sounded abit similar!! haha

    cheers

    Deano
     
  18. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    No problem Deano,

    Attached is the page for POW's of Italians August 1943, he is there, but with no Camp against his name. Hope this helps a little?

    Steve.
     

    Attached Files:

  19. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    The Italians built some very ornate chapels some of which survive today, one I know of in the Shetlands, another in Zimbabwe near Masavingo (Fort Victoria) - I wonder if these building operations were encouraged to wean them away from Facism.
     
  20. Deano8123

    Deano8123 Junior Member

    Thanks Bamboo43 Thats great. like you said not alot of detail but I did confrim that he was a guuner in the RA today with this so thank you again.
    More research to bee done so I''l crack on !!!

    Cheers Deano
     

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