Inside the Wire: Gloucestershire's POW Camps in the Second World War 1939-48

Inside the Wire: Gloucestershire's POW Camps in the Second World War 1939-48

by Ian Hollingsbee


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Stalag VIII-B, Colditz, these names are synonymous with prisoners of war in World War II. But what of those caught on British soil? Where did they go? Gloucestershire was home to a wealth of POW camps and hostels, and many Italian and German prisoners spent the war years here. This book explores the role of the camps and their prisoners and workers, together with their impact on the local community. This book draws on Ministry of Defence, Red Cross, and US Army records, and is richly illustrated with original images. It also features the first-hand account of Joachim Schulze, a German POW who spent the war near Tewksbury. This is a fascinating but forgotten aspect of World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750958462
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ian Hollingsbee is an established academic author, a retired Senior Lecturer from UWE, a retired psychiatric nurse, and was also a Magistrate. He has written on care for the elderly as well as the history of asylums in Gloucestershire. He regularly gives talks on World War I and World War II history, as well as the history of asylums and watermills of the River Twyver.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4

List of Abbreviations 5

Foreword 9

Preface 10

1 Introduction 12

2 Camp 37 18

Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe

3 Camp 61 34

Wynols Hill near Coleford, Forest of Dean

4 Joachim Schulze 48

An account of his time as a POW in Newtown Hostel

5 Camps 649, 554 & 555 56

Company (Coy) Working Camps for Italian Co-operators

Swindon Village Camp 649

Woodfield Farm Churchdown Camp 554

Newark House Hempstead Camp 555

6 Camp 157 71


7 Camp 185 81

Springhill Lodge, Blockley

8 Camps 702/7 & 702/148 95

RAF Staverton and RAF Quedgeley

9 Camp 142 105

Brockworth and Quedgeley Court

10 Camp 1009 117

Northway Camp, Ashchurch, near Tewkesbury

11 Camp 327-232 130

Northwick Park German POW Hospital

12 Camp 263 139

Leckhampton Court, Cheltenham

Notes 172

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