Jack G.
Gleiwitz
Sat Aug 23, 2008 17:01
64.12.116.138 (XFF: 86.17.149.130)

Hello Barbara,Please note that LAmsdorf was the main camp,
which could hold about 300.000 POW, from there the Germans send out groups of about 30- 50 POW to places around the area, be it in coal mines,in the fields, stone quarries factories etc.These small groups were under the command of a German NCO most were outright nasty (to say the least)
I have never heard that the place in Gleiwitz the one I
worked was called E22,there were no New Zealander in my group. In those days Gleiwitz was a small town...more of a large village than the metropol I found out, when I visied Gleiwitz two years ago.It is possible I say possible that there were other working parties in Gleiwitz....( I doubt it for this town was really small, may be it was out of town) howeverwhen when I was aa POW I heard rumors that "somewhere" in the area was a coalmine, where
POW worked...but this must have been completely out of town)
Reference Crete: After capture I met some NZ.on Crete (Suda Bay) there were about 4 of them ( as I speak German) we managed to get bully beef (cans of Corned beef) by bartering our watches with the guards...that went on for about some time and then they brought us byship to Saloniki
All in all ever since then I have no love for jerry..( to say the least)
Cordially Jack

  • E22Barbara O'Grady, Sat Aug 23 14:09
    Thank you Jack, I wonder if you knew my Uncle at all he was a Gunner in the NZ army Albert Wolfendale, caught in Crete. He told me a lot as a little girl and I have found out a lot. I just want to... more
    • Gleiwitz — Jack G., Sat Aug 23 17:01
      • POW E22poolemelanie, Mon Aug 3 21:22
        Dear Jack I am writing on the off chance that you are still checking these discussion boards. It was a while since this particular discussion started. I was wondering if you could help me. I am... more
        • POW E22Ian Bowley, Tue Aug 4 07:14
          Hi Mel, My dad was in E22 for over 4 years and I have quite a lot of information. My son and I took my dad to find the camp in 2009, not long before he died. Earlier this year we went back and... more
          • E22 poolemelanie, Sat Sep 23 21:32
            Ian Blimey, I think I've only just see this post after 2 years! If you are still checking this, I would love to have any information that you have regarding E22 and the March. I also have an idea to... more
      • GleiwitzIan Bowley, Sat Jan 23 07:55
        Just read this posting. My dad was in the E22 work camp for over 4 years. Last May we visited the site and I can confirm that the coal mine was actually in the neighbouring town of Sosnitza. With the ... more
      • Gliewitz e22Aaron Cleavin, Tue Jan 5 01:45
        My Grandfather Alastair Dunbar (From NZ) was the Corpsman for the E22 Working party out of Gleiwitz. He was caputred as part of the rearguard of the Crete Evacuation. If you have any more information ... more
        • Gliewitz e22Ian Bowley, Tue Jan 5 10:25
          My dad was captured at Dunkirk and spent most of the war in E22. He did mention a couple of New Zealanders but could not remember their names. Sadly he died in September aged 88, but last May we... more
          • E22Aaron cleavin, Tue Jan 5 10:41
            My grandfather dies ibn the early 60's before I was born Thomas Alastair Dunbar I have his day book of E22 from 24 August 1944 till 24th May 1945. He was put in charge of the Red Cross and clothing... more
            • E22Ian Bowley, Tue Jan 5 13:08
              Aaron, That would be fantastic. We have been trying to work out where the E22 inmates went - we believe they followed the southern route (there were three, apparently) and I know they passed through... more
              • Re: E22ken richardson, Sat Jan 9 09:59
                hello Ian. what your dad said ? our locoal news paper reported my dads return home in it he said the food was barely enough to keep body and soul together consisting of black bread a few spuds and... more
                • E22Ian Bowley, Sat Jan 9 10:36
                  Hi Ken, I get the impression that there were lots of marches, starting as the camps (such as E22) were evacuated and following three basic routes, of which my Dad's was the Southern one. At the... more
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