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The U-Boot Prisoners of War Photographical Thread

 

Photos that are part of a larger grouping of Rolf Krohn of U 532.

Photos are taken in POW Camp 18 in 1946 Featherstone Park, England.

.......a special camp so to say.

Taken from the internet :

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

Opened: 1944

Closed: Summer 1948

History

"Camp 18", bordering the South Tyne river and stretching across a mile of Featherstone Park, was constructed in 1944 to accommodate US personnel prior to their departure to Normandy for the Invasion of France.

 

Emptied of Americans, the camp was for several months used to hold Italian prisoners of war, but in 1945 it was converted to hold "Black Nazis"; the most fervent believers in Hitler's Germany, who would only be repatriated after a thorough course of denazification.

 

It was not particular to any one section of the Reich; Wehrmacht officers, captured U-Boatmen, Luftwaffe pilots, bureaucrats, diplomats and ambassadors were all represented.

The most senior resident was General Ferdinand Heim, a veteran of Stalingrad and chief of staff to the Sixth Army, captured in 1944 when his garrison defending Boulogne surrendered.

Consisting of some 200 huts in four compounds, Camp 18 was one of the largest officer POW camps in Britain, at one time housing 4,000 officers and 600 orderlies.

Despite the obvious challenge of making the most hardline Nazis into good citizens fit for the new Germany, the operation was an enormous success, so much so that in 1947 the barbed wire fencing around the camp was removed.

It was said that the Featherstone more resembled a university campus than a POW camp; prisoners would be sent out to work on local farms during the day, but at night they would study, and received lectures from Durham, Newcastle, even some Oxford academics.

It was a system that quickly prepared these men for flourishing careers in the new Germany, some even went on to play a political role in its foundation.

The camp had its own chapel, theatre, library, medical centre, even a bakery and sewerage system. It had a newspaper; Die Zeit am Tyne, printed in Hexham, and, making use of the great pool of talent in the camp, it boasted three orchestras and its own puppet theate, which entertained various audiences across Northern England.

 

 

Photo shows:

 

Mar. Crew. 39. England - Featherstone Park Camp 18 1946.

Hans (Jürgen) Bartch : U 57, 957, 18, 17, 1023.

Hermann Lauth : U 959, 1005. POW.NO.B.105682.

Roland Reche : U 254, 1224, 875.

Helmut Lübke : U 1008, 541.

Klaus Eggers : UD 5. POW.NO.858902.

Erhard Wendelberger : U 205, 516, 450, 309, 720. POW.NO.B.105714.

Hans (Rolf) Bau : U 30, 516, 721.

Rolf von Bargen : U 861.

(Hans) Dieter Wex : U 30, 67, 109, 516, 80, 380, 1194, 2354.
POW.NO.B.105660.

 

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Rolf Krohn isn't mentioned on his own photo, but he is on the first row, third one - from right to left.

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Gerd Strauch, Willi Schmisler, Hans Taubert, Gerhard Krüger, Karl Heinz Oelen/Oehler ?, Hans Schroeder, Hansj.(ürgen) Beeck, Hartmut Kriller ?, Martin Kärfrech (?), Heinz Küper, Rolf Krohn  (on the first row, third one - from right to left.)


Fußball A gegen B ( 4 : 2 ) Compound A against compound B.
As Rolf's POW number shows Gefangenennummer B.105680 (M)., and the B stands for Compound B..........Rolf's team did lose the soccer match that day.

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German POWs Camp 18 going to church.

 

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Camp 18, Hauptlagertor mit Hauptlagerstraße.

 

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Camp 18, Hauptlagertor.

 

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Camp 18, Lagerstraße zwischen den Compounds.

 

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Camp 18, D - Compound.

 

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Camp 18, Revier.

 

 

 

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Rolf Krohn, back row, first one - from right to left.

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Camp 18, Fußballfeld beim Turnier.

 

Rolf's POW address :

Oberleutnant zur See Rolf Krohn.

Gefangenennummer B.105680 (M).

Lager Bezeichnung No. 18. P.O.W.

Featherstone-Park-Camp.

Haltwhistle-Northumberland.

Great Britain.

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And Oberleutnant zur See Martin Woweries who served like Rolf Krohn on U-532, did spent his time in the same Prisoner of War camp.

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Eric-Jan:

 

Hello my friend! Thank you for sharing Rolf Krohn's POW photographs with the Forum, as well as information about camp 18.

 

Best regards,

John

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Thanks John.

Here we see Funkmaat Hartwig Becker of U-459.

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 The camp at Petawawa was known as Camp 33, located on the Petawawa Forestry Reserve in Canada.

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On 8-10-2013 at 5:30 PM, Eric JB said:

Thanks John.

 

Here we see Funkmaat Hartwig Becker of U-459.

 

attachicon.gifBecker.U459 001.jpg

 

 The camp at Petawawa was known as Camp 33, located on the Petawawa Forestry Reserve in Canada.

Eric-Jan:

Hello my friend! I really like 'UBoot Prisoner of War', great topic. Thank you for providing image of Hartwig Becker, great POW document. The POW camp I am most familiar with is Camp 30 located in Boumanville, Ontario, Canada. Otto Kretschmer, Commander U-99, spent four years in Camp 30, transferred to another camp after the war.

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John

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Most interesting photographs of U-Boot personnel in POW-Camps, I hope more will be added to this thread. Thanks, EJ. Were they allowed to wear their decorations? I don't see one badge on any of the photographs.

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Thank you Bart.

 

Being a POW during the war didn't have any influence on wearing war decorations, German eagle insignias and swastikas.

By war's end POWs were ordered to remove the swastikas from eagle insignias and awards.

Not much later POWs were ordered to remove all eagles and awards (even when the swastikas were already removed).

 

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Eric-Jan

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Hi Eric

 

Great posting of the Camp 18. For the information of those interested, the photo of the men in church is actually Hexham Abbey. Hexham is about 15 miles from Camp 18 at Haltwhistle and I understand that the men often went to the abbey and gave recitals

 

Brian

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Hi Brian,

 

Welcome on the HWMF.

 

Thank you so much for your extra information and the photos of the camp, it is all most welcome to this thread !

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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I have attached a copy of the newspaper produced by camp 18 and printed at the offices of the local newspaper 'Hexham Courant' I'm sure German speakers will find it of interest, especially the article by Ferdinand Heim - the highest ranking officer at the camp I believe? This is issue 6 and obviously a photo copy. It will enlarge sufficiently to read so I hope it is of interest.

 

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Hi Brian,

Thank you for showing the interesting front-page of the "Die Zeit am Tyne".

Looking at the authors of the articles I see :

- Herbert Schmitt, Leutnant zur See, I.WO. U-1105.
- Rolf von Bargen, Oberleutnant zur See, I.WO. U-861.

And von Bargen's name brought me back to the group-photo he is on, so I did check my files and did find another photo of him.

The photo with the hat is taken on U-861, comparing it with the group-photo I think that he is the man I took from that group-photo.

So Brian, you too have now an extra named face to the photo (if I am correct of course) and the camp.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

 

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Thank you Eric-Jan, I would very much like to continue the research and find the names of ALL of the U-boot men who were at Camp 18 from 1945 -1948 and all photos are most welcome

 

Brian

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Eagles gone, awards still present.

 

POWs Officer Camp in Mulsanne - Le Mans, France.

 

Signatures of three Knights Cross winners.

 

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Kapitänleutnant Horts von Schroeter, CO of U-123 and U-2506.

 

Kapitänleutnant Karl-Heinz Marbach, CO of U-101, U-29, U-28, U-953 and U-3014.

 

Kapitänleutnant Alfred Eick, CO of U-510.

 

Very nice photograph, E-J! Thanks for sharing. 

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Hi Brian,

I did ask my Australian friend Hubertus "Herb" Weggelaar for his help.

Hereby extra names I did receive from him.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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Bottke, Erwin  - OLt.ing.d.R.  U-318. LI.(11.43-04.45) 5 patrols 115 seetage. Pow camp 184. Nr.B.202964. released 14.04.47. 
Büch, Gerhard-Wilhelm - Lt.z.S. U-139. WO.44-45. pow.08.05.45.Camp 18. Served on the Admiral Scheer to 1942 . Still living in USA sept 2003.
Buggisch, Hans-Jürgen - OLt.ing.  U-108. U-532. LI.(05.43-05.45) 3 patrols 353 seetage. Pow camp 184 Nr.B.215302. 
Christiansen, Helmut - OLt.z.S.d.R.01.09.43. U-1305. Kdt.(13.09.44-10.05.45). 1 patrol 37 seetage (1 ship). Pow 10.05.45. camp 18. Nr.B.132055. 
Dehling, Otto-Ernst - Lt.ing. U-2361. LI. Pow.Camp 184.No.B.105609.  Ulm / Do.
Detten von, Burkhard -  OFähnr.z.S.    U-657. "Kleinkampfverbände" Midget U-. Pow camp 18. Nr.B.49067.  
Eggers, Klaus   Lt.z.S. UD-5. 2WO. Pow. Camp 18. No.858902. Served on no other u-boat.   
Ehlies, Günther  -  OLt.ing.  U-202. LI.(03.41-06.43) 9 patrols 395 seetage. Pow 01.06.43 camp 184 Nr.208613.   
Eichelborn, Hans-Joachim - OLt.ing.   U-6. (1938). U-30. LI. U-110. LI.(11.40-05.41) 2 patrols 46 seetage. Pow 09.05.41 camp 184 Nr.85085.  
Fuchslocher, Hans-Helmut - OLt.ing.   U-332. LI.(06.41-02.43) 5 patrols 277 seetage. U-3007. U-3008. Pow camp 18. Nr.B.138719.         
Gehrken, Heinrich - OLt.z.S.d.R.01.04.43.  2nd.Vp-Flot.1W.O.(09.39-02.40). 12th.M.S.Flot.W.O.(04.40-07.40). 56th.M.S.Flot.Gruppenstrm.(09.40-02.43). UF-2.Kdt.(10.43-07.44). U-298.Kdt.(18.07.44-ende). Pow Camp 184.No.D.342432. Released 14.04.47.  
Giesbert, Emil - OLt.ing.  U-468. LI.(08.42-08.43) 3 patrols 135 seetage. Pow 11.08.43 camp 184 Nr.206730.
Heuer, Holger -  MaschGfr.01.11.43.  MaschOGfr.01.11.44.  U-773. (20.01.44-08.05.45). Pow. Camp 18. Pow Nr.B215631.  
Jacobs, Heinrich - OLt.ing.  U-293. LI.(09.43-05.45) 6 patrols 177 seetage. Pow camp 184 Nr.B.132002 released 27.09.47.  
Konrad, Helmut - Lt.ing. U-120. LI.(09.42-05.43). U-1224. U-875. Pow camp 184 Nr.138067.  
Krummel Dr., Helmut - OLt.ing.   U-56. (10.40-05.41). U-581. LI. Pow 02.02.42. Camp 18. Nr.56269.  
Laubner, Siegfried - OLt.ing.  U-764. LI.(05.43-05.45) 8 patrols 252 seetage. Pow camp 184. Nr.B.132090. 
Lauth, Hermann - OLt.z.S.01.12.43.  U-959. 1WO.(01.43-04.44). U-1005.Kdt.(07.44-05.45). Pow.Camp 184-165.No.B.10582.       
Lüth  Dr., Günter      OLt.z.S.d.R.01.09.43.           59th.Vp_Flot.Kdt.(01.42-02.43). U-1057.Kdt.(05.44-05.45). Pow Camp 18. No.B.105637.          
Miehe, Karl - OLt.ing.  U-285. LI.(05.43-31.01.45) 2 patrols 69 seetage. U-369. LI. Pow camp 18 Nr.B-105641. released 20.10.47.
Monser, Hans - OLt.ing.  U-992. LI.(08.43-05.45) 8 patrols 190 seetage. Pow camp 18. Nr.B.132165. 
Mundschenk, Joachim - Lt.ing. U-397. LI.(11.43-07.44) 1 patrol 27 seetage. U-2516. U-2529. Pow camp 18. Nr.B.58903.    Neustadt
Nicolaus, Günter - OLt.ing.  U-299. LI.(12.43-04.45) 6 patrols 174 seetage. Pow camp 184 Nr.B.215002 Released 25.04.47.    
Nobiling, Heinz - Lt.ing.  U-7. U-478. U-288. U-1001. LI.(11.43-11.44) 4 patrols 105 seetage. U-992. U-716. LI.(12.44-005.45). Pow camp 184. Nr.B.132172. 
Popp, Georg - KpLt.ing.01.12.40.     Kraftfahrkomp Wilhelmshaven (1937). U-49. LI. Pow.15.04.40. Camp 18. No.15611. released 25.01.47.  
Riesen von, Friedrich - OLt.z.S.d.R.01.07.43.   "V-1201". "V-1203". U-952.(08.05.44-21.06.44). 5th.KLAU. U-930. (09.05.44-26.08.44). U-1109.Kdt.(10.09.44-05.45). Pow.Camp 18. No.B.132012. 
Sadewasser, Klaus-Ulrich - OLt.ing.LI.   8th.MS-Flot."M-26". U-998. U-997. (09.43-ende). Pow Camp 18. No.B.52728. 
Schauer, Werner - OLt.z.S.01.10.44.     U-616. 2WO.(12.42-09.43) 1WO.(10.43-01.44) 6 patrols 147 seetage. U-369. 1WO.(06.44-08.44). U-2350. Kdt.(12.44-05.45). Pow camp 18. Nr.B.105652. 
Schulte, Max - KpLt.01.10.40.   U-9. WO.(10.38-09.39) Cdr.(09.39-12.39). U-13. Cdr.(01.40-05.40) pow.31.05.40.Camp 18. Released 21.03.1947.       
Seifert, Werner - Lt.ing.d.R.   U-21. U-704. LI.(08.44-10.44). U-739. LI.(02.45-05.45) 1 patrol 43 seetage. Pow camp 18. Nr.B.105736 
Stölting, Dietrich - OLt.ing.d.R.   U-135. LI.(08.41-07.43) 7 patrols 329 seetage (4 ships). Pow.15.07.43. camp 18. Nr.206736. 
Tiedemann, Walter - OLt.ing.  U-1004. LI.(12.43-03.45) 2 patrols 126 seetage. Pow camp 18. Nr.B.105694.        
Wiedemeyer, Heinz  - OLt.ing.  U-907. LI.(05.44-05.45) 2 patrols 92 seetage. Pow camp 18. Nr.B.105697.    

And thousands to go........ 

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Hi Eric-Jan

 

Fantastic! thanks very much you have a very helpful contact. We have a saying "From small acorns - large oak trees grow" I'm sure more names will surface so to speak

 

kind regards

Brian

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Although shown in another thread before, I do think that these photos belong in this thread too.

I don't know in which POW camp they were taken.

They do show Kapitänleutnant Klaus Hänert, CO. of U-550.

The photos do also show Otto Kretschmer.

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