Vince Charlton
Gunner Eddie Foggin Stalag VIIIB E117
Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:10

My Grandfather was captured in N Africa and ended up at VIIIB via an Italian POW camp near Rome around 1942. We know he was in VIIIB in November 43 and believe he must have been part of the Death March in January 45. He and a pal Frank Walker escaped in Feb 45 and were helped by the villagers of Vesela in Czech (70km north of Prague) before handing themselves to the Russians May 45. We think he ended up in Prague and was not back to UK until Spring 46. He even drove trucks for the local partisans !
Does anyone have any details on the march from E711 Reigersfeld - route, dates etc ?
Any experiences of British POW's ending up in Prague ?
We are desperate to fill in the gaps of his escape and his time in Prague after the war !

    • death marchrob anderson brown, Mon Oct 13 04:25
      hi my dad don vernon of EKScots was liberated by USA around April war records say-so does that mean he missed death march
      • Death MarchIan Bowley, Mon Oct 13 06:40
        Hi Rob, no it means he probably was on the march. My dad left Poland on the 22nd January and was liberated towards the end of April near Munich by American troops coming the other way.
        • Death MarchJune Johnson, Tue Oct 14 08:07
          Hello, Do you or anyone else out there know how I can find out which march my dad was on? I did contact the Red Cross some time ago and they couldn't help me. My dad did tell us they were marched in... more
          • Death MarchIan Bowley, Wed Oct 15 16:27
            Hi June, it's very difficult to say unless someone kept a diary. For example, I know that my dad left E22 on 22/01/45 and followed a route SW into Czechoslovakia, then anti-clockwise round Prague,... more
            • Death MarchesJune Johnson, Thu Oct 16 19:25
              Hello Ian, Thank you for that. I will do what I can to piece it together. Whichever route he took it was no holiday was it. I have read a couple of books about the marches and it was something I knew ... more
            • Death march from Cosel 21/1/45Thomas Atkins, Thu Oct 16 10:50
              In May 2015 I will be following my fatherís march from his hospital at Cosel, which he left on 21.1.45, to Moosberg (Stalag VII A) arriving on 25.4.45 and staying there until his release on 1.5.45.... more
              • CoselMichael Tattersall, Tue Oct 21 20:21
                Thomas My father was also on the medical staff at Cosel. Could you please email a copy of the photo. Thanks Michael
              • Death Marchianbowley, Sat Oct 18 10:25
                Hi Thomas, I have been planning to do exactly the same to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day next year. My dad will have taken a completely different route but I would be interested to know how you... more
                • Death march from Cosel 21/1/45Thomas Atkins, Sun Oct 19 09:49
                  Hi Ian I am just planning at present, what exactly I will do, as I will be traveling with family. Starting in Italy and then making our way to southern Poland, Wroclaw and Opole, with day trips to... more
              • Death MarchesJune Johnson, Fri Oct 17 20:59
                Dear Thomas, What a lot of detail you have on the route your father took. It is all useful information. I visited the museum at Lambinowce last year on a Lamsdorf V111B tour which was a most... more
          • Death marchRoger Hawkins, Wed Oct 15 06:18
            June, You are facing a problem that many of us face... Do you know where your father was when started? Did he go part of the way by train? When and where was he picked up? Did he go north or south of ... more
            • Death MarchJune Johnson, Wed Oct 15 08:57
              Hi Roger, Thanks for that information. I do have a few notes that my brother compiled so I will have another look at those with the very basic information I have and I might get a bit further. Many... more
    • Death marchMichael Tattersall, Wed Sep 17 15:49
      Vince I have some details on routes going North of Prague. Hope you can open these links:... more
      • death marchrob anderson brown, Mon Oct 13 04:27
        hi michael we talked a couple years ago. my dad don vernon of EKScots was liberated fron that stalag and then stalag 13 by USA around April war records say-so does that mean he missed death march
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