I am currently reading a privately published biography of a South African pilot who was captured in North Africa, in July 1942 and ended up in an Italian run POW camp, given the designation PG47 or in full Prigioniero di Guerra 47. The camp was outside Modena, in the Po Valley in north central Italy. For mapping see: Modena - Wikipedia In August 1943 it was obvious that the Italian guards would withdraw and many POWs considered escaping if the guards left. A covert BBC radio was in the camp and the senior officer, a New Zealand Lt. Col. (or Brigadier) called a parade to inform them that British HQ in Italy order was that no-one was to leave and they should await relief by the Allies. Six POWs disobeyed and escaped, two reached Allied lines, two died and two remained in Italy, later joining the partisans. The German Army promptly arrived within hours of the Italian guards leaving and all the POWs were moved to Germany. The NZ CO later committed suicide knowing his order led to the majority of the POWs remaining in German custody till much later in the war. The pilot was freed near Lubeck on the 4th May 1945. I know there are a lot of threads in this part of the Forum and a search found nothing similar, although the camp is referred to. My apologies if there is an answer within. Is this suicide true? I do not have his name nor whether his suicide was after the war's end or beforehand.