Stalag X-C

Prisoner of war camp

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Detailed History

Opened as Mudra Kaserne in 1936, and used as infantry barracks until the start of the Second World War in 1939. Then used to house captured Polish Officers at the start of the war.

Formally opened as Oflag X-B prisoner of War camp in May 1940 and used to hold officers captured during the Battle of France, Stalag X-C for enlisted men opened shortly after to the north, and was a quarter of the size of the officer's camp.

Prisoners in Oflag X-B were largely left to their own devices and spent their time working, mending clothes, studying or putting on plays. After an attempted escape by 13 officers in June 1941, a large trench was built around the camp to prevent further attempts.

Stalag X-C was initially only housed French soldiers, but over the course of the war saw inmates of a number of nationalities. While the camp itself only housed around 1,000 persons the camp was supported by a network of work camps containing over 45,000 people.

The camps were evacuated on 5 April 1945, and inmates were marched 40 miles north to Oflag 83 at Wietzendorf. Oflag X-B and Stalag X-C themselves were liberated by the British Army 5 days later on 9 April 1945.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 0811302
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot - Flying Fortress
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group 748th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18189010
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 457th Bomb Group
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14178374
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Flight Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator

Revisions

Date11 Nov 2022 17:37:07
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Update to Place Type.

Date16 Dec 2019 14:14:07
ContributorEmily