Brigadier Douglas Arnold Stirling

 

National Archives catalogue reference - WO 208/3320/94

 

Name: Brig. Douglas Arnold Stirling.

Unit: 1st Armoured Brigade.

Captured: Sidi Rezegh, 22nd November 1941.

Left: Campo 12 (Firenze), 12th September 1943.

Left: Cairo, 8th July 1944.

Arrived: Bristol, 10th July 1944.

Date of Birth: 10th February 1897.

Army Service: Since 17th February 1915.

Peacetime Profession: Regular Army.

Private Address: C/o Lloyds Bank, Pall Mall, London.

 

All map references are to ITALY, 1:250,000.

 

1. CAPTURE.

 

I was commanding the 1st Armoured Brigade and was captured at SIDI REZEGH (Western Desert) on 22 Nov 41 with the 4th Armoured Brigade H.Q.

 

2. CAMPS IN WHICH IMPRISONED.

 

VILLA ORSINI, SULMONA.  4 Dec 41 - 12 Mar 42.

CAMPO 12 (FIRENZE)           13 Mar 42 - 12 Sep 43.

 

3. ATTEMPTED ESCAPES.

 

Nil.

 

4. LEFT CAMPO 12 (FIRENZE).

 

After the Armistice had been signed I left Campo 12 (FIRENZE) with General O'CONNOR's party on 12 Sep 43. We remained together until 1 Nov when General O'CONNOR, General NEAME and Air Marshal BOYD moved off.

 

On 4 Mar 44 Brig. COMBE (S/P.G.(-) 1921) and party moved on.

 

I remained in STRABATENZA (Sheet 19, R 2978) until 29 Mar when I left with Brig. ARMSTRONG, Lt. HUGHES, Lt. HARRIS, two New Zealand privates, one British private and an American Captain.

 

Our route was approximately:- SPINELLO (R 3884) - ALFERO (R 4375) - CASTELDELCI (R 5169) - SESTINO (R 6559) - S. ANGELO (Sheet 23, R 7154) - M. DI MONTIEGO (Sheet 24, R 8146) - CAGLI (R 9141) - FRONTONE (R 9938) - MORELLO (S 0334) - GENGA (S 1428) - FRONTALE (S 2819) - CINGOLI (S 3621) - APPIGNANA (S 4719) - MONTEGRANARO (Sheet 25, S 7005) - TENNA VALLEY.

 

A boat was arranged for us and I left TORRE TELLA PALME (X 9595) on 9 May arriving at SAN VITE (Sheet 29, C 3811) on 10 May.

 

I stayed with General ALEXANDER at G.H.Q. for some days and then proceeded to SOUTH AFRICA on leave.

 

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