Jump to content


Photo

Stalag Luft III senior POW documents


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 Bob Hudson

Bob Hudson

    Forum Co-Founder (Ret)

  • Administrators
    • Member ID: 2
  • 26,675 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 26 April 2007 - 05:48 PM

These came from the estate of a senior American POW at Stalag Luft III. They were in his YMCA Wartime Log, which is a sort of diary kept by POW's during WWII. I have the more info on the log here (By the way, these are not something I own but are part of a grouping that may come up for sale later this year).
These are the original typewritten forms used by the senior POW's to rate and promote fellow POW's. I would guess that the one form, which has blanks to be filled in, may have been used as a guideline and that the actual info on each POW was recorded by hand elsewhere: unless the the senior POW's actually had a clerk-typist in the camp.

The actual documents are in very good shape, much better looking than what the photos show.

One has to think that darn few of this type of thing survived: it's especially amazing when you consider that this officer left Stalag Luft III by escaping.

ratingone.jpg

ratingtwo.jpg

#2 Bob Hudson

Bob Hudson

    Forum Co-Founder (Ret)

  • Administrators
    • Member ID: 2
  • 26,675 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 28 April 2007 - 01:59 PM

One purpose of these forms apparently was to evaluate POW's for promotion. Does anyone have any idea how often someione actually got a promotion while a POW?

#3 KASTAUFFER

KASTAUFFER

    MODERATOR

  • Moderators
    • Member ID: 105
  • 12,493 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 28 April 2007 - 02:42 PM

Many POW's received a promotion 1 grade in rank when they were liberated depending on how long they were held. It looks to me that these forms were an attempt to keep the POW's officers " fitness reports" current so that they could be evaluated for promotion once liberated.

Believe it or not, in Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines the senior officers actually wrote recommended " Citations " for decorations in 1942 that were forwarded to the AGO for action when the war was over. They were hidden in a coffee can and buried and were found after the war.

Kurt

#4 Bob Hudson

Bob Hudson

    Forum Co-Founder (Ret)

  • Administrators
    • Member ID: 2
  • 26,675 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 28 April 2007 - 04:06 PM

Believe it or not, in Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines the senior officers actually wrote recommended " Citations " for decorations in 1942 that were forwarded to the AGO for action when the war was over. They were hidden in a coffee can and buried and were found after the war.

Kurt


The instructions show above also have ""Recommend decorations and awards for those who deserve them".


1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users