David COHEN, POW, italy; captured Tobruk

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  1. NicNac

    NicNac New Member


    I am researching my great uncle, David Cohen, who was a POW in Italy after being captured in Tobruk.
    I have correspondence sent from him in November 1942 from Setorre 3, CC53, P.M.3300, Italy
    Number 143403

    If anyone is able to share any documentation, would be most appreciative

    Thank you
  2. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron


    Welcome aboard. Others here focus on POW camps. Hopefully they will be along to help. PM sent with research tips. You will have to decide how much of your uncle's history you want to explore, if it is wider a new thread would be best.
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Welcome to the forum.

    Apologies if this post covers the same ground as in the PM sent.

    The POW details will be expanded on in the records held by Swiss Red Cross.

    If you want to obtain his ICRC POW papers you need to use the below link on Monday 16th May. You need to be quick off the mark as their enquiry capacity usually fills within an hour. In pre Covid times you would get a reply by post after 4 or 5 months.

    Requests for information about people held during Spanish Civil War or Second World War: Quarterly limit reached

    He will also likely have a record in the WO416 series of German POW documents held at UK National Archives. There may even be a photograph held there.

    The brief details of his non POW movements will be recorded in his military service record that can be obtained from UK MOD via this link -

    Request records of deceased service personnel

  5. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello Nicnac,

    I have found a D Cohen in Stalag 4A Hohenstein but his service number does not coincide with the one you have given.
    A prisoner by the name of D Cohen with that number is however present in PG 53 Macerata.

    Did you apply for his records from the Red Cross?

  6. NicNac

    NicNac New Member

    Thank you Steve and Vitellino!

    I did apply to the Red Cross on 16 May but have not yet heard back from them - assume it takes a few months.

    Vitellino do you have those documents showing he was present in PG 53 in Macerata?

    Many thanks
  7. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    I also applied for a POW record 16th May and got a reply about 6 weeks ago.

    ICRC have refined their processes and now email a PDF of their standard letter/extract from their records plus the capture card if one exists.

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  8. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Here's the list compiled by the International Red Cross, WO 392/21, dated August 1943 (though that does not mean that the men were in the stated camp on that date - it is the last camp in which their presence was recorded by the IRC).

    He does not appear in the equivalent register for POWs being held in Germany or German-occupied countries (WO 392/5).

    south african forces.JPG D Cohen.jpg

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