WWII MEMORIES

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B.A.B. 21 (Bau und Arbeits Battalion 21) Photographs

Photographs shown on this page are courtesy of Keith Newman (unless specifically labelled otherwise).

Keith Newman says "These photographs were taken by a camp guard, he also acted as an interpreter, he would charge the men in camp money, or selected items from Red Cross parcels. He would then distribute as many copies as were ordered to the men, on the back of some of the photos is written, the amounts ordered, 6 copies, or in one case 16 copies. When carrying out research it is amazing to come across a copy that someone has posted that is the same as the one you have. Very often the groups signify the members of one room, a working party, a sports group, or theatrical group. Of interest is the camp barber shop. Most photos were sent back home to show loved ones the prisoners were ok. Others were kept in camp."

The book written by Dr John Borrie "Despite Captivity", has record of him attending"The Pirates of Penzance" production [shown] put on by BAB21. Dr Borrie was a prisoner in the camp next door - E3 adjoining BAB21 - he says it was an excellent production.

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NCOs
Copyright: Keith Newman
Camp Band
Copyright: Keith Newman
Camp Band
Copyright: Keith Newman
Camp Band
Copyright: Keith Newman

Christmas Card from BAB 21 sent home on 26th November 1942
Copyright: Keith Newman

Back of Christmas card
Copyright: Keith Newman
Christoper Wilson, standing extreme right
Copyright: Keith Newman
Scottish and Canadian PoW.
Copyright: Keith Newman
Working Party. Christopher Wilson 2nd from right.
The working party photo shows a German sub contractor and the German overseer with a prisoner work party. The men would always try to slow any work down, sabotage anything they could get away with, including saving and adding sugar to cement and concrete to try and weaken it.
When the prisoners were first taken to BAB21, Blechammer, a shortage of boots and shoes meant the men had to wear wooden clogs, as can be seen in some photos.

Copyright: Keith Newman
Barber Shop
Copyright: Keith Newman
Christopher Wilson playing ukele (sitting on the left)
Copyright: Keith Newman
Sports Day
Theatre Productions
Funeral
 
Red Cross parcels arriving at camp

 

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