Normandy POW camp: historical sources

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by Capt.Sensible, May 17, 2007.

  1. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    <DIR><DIR><DIR><DIR></DIR></DIR></DIR></DIR>Would anyone out there know how to trace the history of a particular POW camp? I am looking for a broad range of resources including books, maps, websites, aerial photography, archives and record-centres etc etc. I am interested in sites that were set up in a bit of a hurry after Overlord in the Cherbourg area. I have some sources to go from:

    A Rawson, Cherbourg, WWII Battlefield; Caen Memorial, Caen Uni, PRO, National Archives (USA), Museum of Liberation of Cherbourgh-Octeville, archives at Koblenz, International Red Cross etc etc.

    Any help gratefully received.

    CS
     
  2. brandonrowe

    brandonrowe New Member

    Hi, I just saw your post and have some information regarding CCPWE #19 in Foucarville. It was near Cherbourg. My Great Uncle was an officer there and brought a book home that basically details the growth of the encampment from tents in mud to a small city with it's own rail system housing over 60,000 pw's. I realize this is an old post but if you're still interested feel free to contact me.

    Thanks,

    Brandon
     
  3. Michele Brickwood

    Michele Brickwood New Member

    Hi Captain & Brandon,

    I wouldn't be here today if not for that camp. My grandfather landed at Omaha Beach on D Day and met and married my French grandmother while working at Foucarville. He has long passed away but my grandmother is still very much alive and full of information. She still travels every year to the annual remembrance in Normandy. At almost 90, she still feels compelled to make sure she attends to honor those lost in what my grandfather described to her as a sea of blood.

    Look for historian Anne Broilliard's 2017 book Prisonniers Allemands en Normandie. It's available on Amazon but only in French. Google translate may be helpful. If you have information useful to Anne, I can put you in touch with her. She and the co-author continue to do research on this today.

    Michele
     

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