I did a thread devoted to POW dogtags a while ago, and thought I should do a sister thread devoted to the POW ID cards created by the Germans for Americans. The survival rate of these cards is much less than the metal dogtags.
There are 2 types of cards:
1. Personnel Card ( Personalkarte or Kriegsgefangenkartei ) - This card was the record card kept by the Germans with personal information, How he was captured , and a record of camp transfers . These are the largest in size .
2. Barracks Cards - These cards were used by the Germans during appel ( formation ) or during ID tag checks to make sure POWs hadn't escaped or switched tags with another POW to hide the identity of an escapee. These are smaller in size.
These cards are very scarce and do not turn up regularly. This thread represents 30 years of searching for these.
In my experience the cards from ground camps are scarcer than those from airmen's camps, but the "Luft" variety sell for more.
The POWs took these from the camp offices at the end of the war in most cases. That is the reason some camp cards are more common than others. Stalag Luft I never moved, and a lot of those cards seem to have survived as compared to Stalag Luft III, Luft 4, and 17B.
Stalag Luft I .
Personnel Card to a Jewish American who served with the 379th BG , 8th AAF . Notice the Germans wrote JUDE on the face of the card. The card was created at DULAG LUFT , which was the processing center for captured airmen.
Edited by KASTAUFFER, 16 June 2013 - 11:03 AM.