WWII MEMORIES

Information for Veterans and their families


Forced March

This was dad's harrowing written account of the forced march from Poland to Germany.

Forced march by British PoWs from Poland to Germany 1945
Starting from Marienburg January 23rd at 2am
From
To Distance (KM) Food Supplied (x/x = fraction)
Marienburg Dirschau 26 1 loaf.  1 parcel.
NOTE: Night in open field 25-30 below zero.  3 men died.
Dirschau Schoneck 24  
Schoneck Tyldon 18 1/2 loaf.
Tyldon Berent 23  
NOTE: This stage was through a snow blizzard.  4 men died.
Berent Butow 35 3/8 loaf
NOTE: 4 days rest.  50 men badly frostbitten.
Butow Reinwasser 30  
Reinwasser Baldenburgh 32  
Baldenburgh Bublitz 18 1/4 loaf.
Bublitz Tychow 35 1/4 loaf.
Tychow Belgard 28 1/2 loaf.
Belgard Gross Pobloth 16  
Gross Pobloth Dargeslaff 31  
Dargeslaff Zurkwitz 24  
Zurkwitz Revenow 22  
Revenow Durrencehof 10  
Durrencehof Pritter 34  
Pritter Zirchow 20  
Zirchow Pinnow 28 1/4 loaf
NOTE: 1 days rest.
Pinnow Posthow 19  
Posthow Seltz 28  
Seltz Grevenson 28 1/4 loaf
Grevenson Gielow 29  
NOTE: 8 days rest.  1 food parcel.  1/2 loaf.
Gielow Dahmen 20  
Dahmen Jurgenshof 29  
Jurgenshof Zarchlin 15  
NOTE: 1 days rest. 1/2 loaf.
Zarchlin Brook 12  
Broock Blievensdorf 37  
Blievensdorf Neu-Lublow 15  
NOTE: 7 days rest.  5 - 11 March.  1/18, 1/5 and 1/7 loaf.  1/4 and 1/5 food parcel.
Neu-Lublow Uelitz 13 1/7 loaf
NOTE: 7 days rest until March 19th. 1/5, 1/5, 1/7, 1/7, 1/7, 1/7, 4/5 loaf.
Uelitz Warlow 31 1/2  
NOTE: 2 days rest.
Warlow Garlin 37 1/2  
Garlin Schilde 28 3/4 loaf
Schilde Vielbaum 24  
NOTE: 1 days rest.
Vielbaum Erxleben-Mockon 24  
Erxleben-Mockon Dahlen 25  
NOTE: 1 days rest.
Dahlen Stendal 7  
Into cattle-trucks fromm Stendal to Halberstadt (via Magdeburg).
On arrival at Halberstadt 400 men placed in old barn, 600 in old bier-garten.
No bread issued.
10 men share one litre of carrot-soup per day, plus 2 small boiled potatoes per man.
All put to work coal loading and clearing up wreckage at railway station.

Marienburg History
(Mäl´bôrk), Ger. Marienburg, town (1994 est. pop. 40,100), N Poland, on the Nogat River. It is a rail junction with sugar refineries and dairies. Originally a castle founded (1274) by the Teutonic Knights, Malbork became the seat of their grand master in 1309. It successfully withstood sieges by the Poles in 1410 and 1454, but in 1457 Malbork was sold to Poland by mercenaries whose pay was in arrears. The town passed to Prussia in 1772. Germany took control of the town in 1920, and it was returned to Poland in 1945. The castle (rebuilt in the 14th and 19th cent.) is one of the finest examples of German secular medieval architecture. (Extracted from The Columbia Encyclopedia)

Marienburg - German Teutonic Fortress now located in Poland
(image found at the Galen R Frysinger web page)
Thorn (Torun) map
(image from Expedia)
Route of forced march from Poland to Germany in 1945.  This route is currently estimated at 736km and almost 10 hours to drive.  Dad's estimate was around 800km.
(image from MapQuest - Click to enlarage)

Thorn History
(Tô´rny), Ger. Thorn, city (1993 est. pop. 201,700), N central Poland, on the Vistula. It is a river port and a railway junction. The major industries produce precision instruments, electrical equipment, textiles, and fertilizers.  The city passed to Prussia in 1793 and again in 1815, after its occupation by Napoleon I. It reverted to Poland in 1919. (Extracted from The Columbia Encyclopadia)

Original Typed Report

Home