CONFIDENTIAL

No 657

BRITISH (CANADIANS only)

 

STALAG II D. STARGARD (Pommern)

Date of visit: 12th of December 1944

 

Stalag Commandant: Oberst. Obenauer

Deputy: Oberstlt. Wulz

German doctor: Stabsarzt Dr. Schmidt

Abwehr-Offizier: Hptm. Bolt

Arbeitseinsatz: Hptm. Petermann

Betreuungs-Offizier: Oblt. Lütjohann

Accompanying Officer German High Command: Hptm. Jeske

S.B.M.O.: Capt. D. TAVERNER, RAMC. Pow. No. 1173

British Chaplain: Capt. John W. FOOTE, Canadian Army Chaplain, Pow. No. 4032

Canadian Chief M.o.C.: CSM. L. MARTIN, Pow. No. 26721

Canadian Camp Leader: CSM. E. ANTHONY, Pow. No. 27091

 

Reference is made to our previous report Nr. 555, dated August 1944.

 

I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION.

        No change at all so far as the camp itself is concerned.

        Air raid shelters: there are only very primitive open slit-trenches in the camp.

        Military targets: there is no military target near the camp.

        Working conditions: All N.C.O. of the camp are not working. The Privates are occupied on different jobs in the nearby town of Stargard. Working conditions are reasonable, the Pow. work about 7-8 hours daily, at least one Sunday out of three is free. There were no complaints about working conditions.

 

II. CAPACITY AND PRESENT PERSONNEL.

        The strength of the camp was given as follows:

 

on Kommandos

in Main-camp

Camp revier

Haupt-Revier

Arrest

Sonder-Company

 

Reserve Lazaret Stargard

Mental Lazaret Uckermünde

Grant Total

Off.

-

1

1

-

-

-

2

1

-

3

N.C.O.

8

213

1

-

-

13

235

2

-

237

Privates

576

154

36

3

3

12

784

20

1

805

Sanitator

1

26

6

-

-

-

33

2

-

35

Total

585

394

44

3

3

25

1054

25

1

1080

        The Pow. from this Stalag are diverted on 21 Working-Detachments, the most distant one is situated about 120 km far from the main-camp.

 

III. INTERIOR ARRANGEMENTS.

        There is no change at all, the overcrowding has ceased. As a rule the bottom bed of the triple-tier beds is not occupied.

 

IV. WASHING AND BATHING FACILITIES.

        Satisfactory.

 

V. TOILET FACILITIES.

        in order.

 

VI. FOOD AND COOKING.

        The German food is cooked in a well equipped central kitchen by French Pow. It is reported to be in order. Supplies from Red Cross are cooked in the billets on small stoves.

 

VII. MEDICAL ATTENTION, DENTAL TREATMENT, SUPPLY OF DRUGS.

        The British Medical Officer, Capt. Taverner, assisted by 6 medical orderlies, gave the following report:

        General state of health throughout the Stalag is fairly good. The revier itself is still the same as on our last visit, it remains unpleasant and does not make a good impression. The large room is overcrowded, with triple-tier beds, without bed-linen, the air in the room is dusty, due to the damp of the stove placed in the middle of the room.

        Fortunately the new revier with 75 beds under construction will be finished in January 1945, the necessary material has now arrived. The Delegate was told by the B.M.O. that the new revier was built to the plans of the B.M.O. - When visiting the new building the Delegate could convince himself that it will be an excellent revier if once finished.

        On the day of visit there were 35 patients at the revier, all minor cases. (Serious cases are sent to lazaret at Stargard).

        All Pow. of the main-camp have been inoculated by Capt. Taverner against typhus and arrangements are being made to inoculate also all Canadian Pow. on kommandos. The necessary anti-typhus serum has been provided. On the 30th of oct. the Mixed Medical Commission examined about 30 Pow of this camp, of whom 14 were accepted for repatriation.

        Dental treatment: for dental treatment Pow go to the lazaret at Stargard, where an Italian dentist takes care of them. Dental treatment is said to be satisfactory.

        Supply of drugs. On the day of visit the stock of medical supplies shows the following figures:

                Diet supplement parcels ........................................ 19

                Medical units ......................................................... nil

                Last shipment of Invalid parcels and medical units ... 20th of August 1944.

        It was not possible to provide all working-parties with the necessary medical supplies. Applications for immediate shipments of medical units have been made to the Inter. Red Cross C. several months ago.

 

VIII. CLOTHING.

        The clothing position may be considered as satisfactory. On the day of visit the following articles were in stock at the store-room:

Caps

Blouses

Trousers

Greatcoats

Braces

Boots

Shirts

Underpants

130

185

88

5

-

454

400

353

Socks

Gloves

Pullovers

Undervests

Ropesoled shoes

Leather shoes

Iron "A"

Iron "B"

315

3

46

416

191

1/2 case

1 1/2 case

nil

        Last shipment of clothing from Geneva: 20th of July 1944.

 

IX. LAUNDRY.

        satisfactory.

 

X. MONEY AND PAY.

        correct

 

XI. CANTEEN.

        With agreement of the Stalag Commandant the Delegate arranged that a separate canteen for the Canadian Pows only will be opened within a fortnight.

 

XII. RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY.

        The chaplain of the camp, padre John W. FOOTE, attends regularly to church services at the Stalag-camp. He is also allowed to visit the working-detachments for holding services. Until now the catholic Pow are attended by a French priest, as a British catholic priest could not be provided for this Stalag.

 

XIII. RECREATION AND EXERCISE.

        Very satisfactory, the Pow have all facilities for sports.

 

XIV. MAIL.

        in order.

 

XV. WELFARE ACTIVITY.

        very good, the Pow received sport equipments, indoor games, musical instruments and books from the Y.M.C.A.

 

XVI. COMPLAINTS.

        There was no serious complaint at all. The following points were brought up for discussion with the Stalag authorities:

                1. Allotment of Medical Orderlies to working-detachments. As there are about 20 medical orderlies unoccupied in this Stalag, the Delegate asked for a transfer of several of them to working-detachments. Commandant regrets that this request can't be accepted, as all the working-parties have less than 50 Pow.

                2. Sonder-Company: On the day of visit there were 25 Canadian Pow in this Sonder-Company, of whom 5 are awaiting to be sentenced. The 20 other Pow were never informed why they were brought to the Sonder-Company. The Delegate asked the Stalag Commandant for the reason for holding these Pow under special surveillance. Commandant answered, that he himself does not know the reason, this being an order from the German High Command.

                        It may be of interest that all these 20 Pow belong to the Calgary Tank Regiment.

                        Hereafter are the names of these 20 Pow.

Rank

Cpl.

Trp.

Cpl.

Trp.

Trp.

Cpl.

Cpl.

Cpl.

Cpl.

Sgt.

Name

F. Walls

A. Johnstone

T. Poirer

S. Edwards

B.H. Clifton

E. Musgrove

R.H. Johnston

G. Wiggins

E. Parr

N. Thompson

Pow No.

12704

25209

25262

25316

25975

26059

26083

26090

26098

26143

Rank

Trp.

Trp.

Trp.

Cpl.

Sgt.

Cpl.

Trp.

Trp.

Cpl.

Pte.

Name

T. Dunsmore

A. Watson

N. Johnstone

F.A. Tanner

J. Weaver

D. Craigie

C.J. Anderson

J. Pewtress

R.H. Hill

C. Cole

Pow No.

25196

25227

25310

25967

26047

26080

26085

26096

26124

39779

                        This matter will be taken up with the German High Command.

                3. Red Cross Parcels: According to an order from the former Stalag Commandant, who considered the stock of the foodstuff parcels as being too large, the Pow received until the beginning of December 1944 one complete parcel a week, instead of half a parcel as stated by the I.R.C.C. The British chief man of confidence made several requests to go on with half a parcel, but he was always refused. Due to this Stalag order there are on the day of visit no foodstuff parcels at all in stock. The Delegate of the PP. expressed his astonishment about this special Stalag-order and asked for explanations. Stalag Commandant answered, that this had been an order from his predecessor - The International Committee of the Red Cross has been informed by the chief man of confidence of this situation, but until now no new consignment has arrived.

                4. Some minor points were also discussed and settled on the spot.

 

XVII. FINAL CONCLUSION.

        Since the arrival of the new Stalag-Commandant the situation in this Stalag is still improving. The British Medical Officer and the Chief Man of Confidence gave both satisfactory reported upon the treatment of the Canadian Pow. These two British camp leaders are in good terms with the Germans and they are doing their best for their comrades.

 

 

WORKING DETACHMENT No. 985 Damerow

Date of visit: 13th December 1944

Man of Confidence: Cpl. E. Summerfield POW No. 25231

Canadians

 

I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION

        The camp is situated in a stone building, in one big room. There are open slit-trenches which have never been used. There is no military target near the camp. Nature of work: farm-work, 7-8 hours daily, at least one Sunday in three off. Usually more free time.

 

II. CAPACITY & PRESENT PERSONNEL

        1 N.C.O., 32 Privates,: total strength 33 Canadian POW. No sanitator.

 

III. INTERIOR ARRANGEMENTS

        One big room for sleeping and eating, double-tier beds, each POW has 2 blankets, some three. Heating and lighting in order.

 

IV. WASHING & BATHING FACILITIES

        In order, one hot shower weekly.

 

V. TOILET FACILITIES

        Two seats, rather primitive.

 

VI. FOOD & COOKING

        The POW have their own cook, food is very satisfactory. Wood and coal supply also in order.

 

VII. MEDICAL ATTENTION & STATE OF HEALTH

        Sick-parade twice weekly by a German civilian doctor at Zitzenhof. Serious cases are sent to the lazaret Stargard. Dental treatment by a German dentist at Zitzenhof. First-aid equipment in camp. Satisfactory.

 

VIII. CLOTHING

        In order.

 

IX. LAUNDRY

        Done by the POW themselves. In order.

 

X. MONEY & PAY

        Correct.

 

XI. CANTEEN

        No canteen.

 

XII. RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY

        Only one visit since May 1944.

 

XIII. RECREATION & EXERCISE

        The POW have some books and indoor games, as also some facilities for outdoor sport.

 

XIV. MAIL

        Good.

 

XV. WELFARE WORK

        Nothing to report.

 

XVI. COMPLAINTS

        The Man of Confidence had no complaints.

 

A very satisfactory camp. On the day of the visit the owner of the farm gave a free afternoon to all POW at this camp, which was fully appreciated.

 

 

WORKING DETACHMENT No. 1972 Grossin

Date of visit: 13th December 1944

Man of Confidence: Cpl. H.H. Heavysege POW No. 27281

Canadians

 

I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION

        The camp is lodged in an wooden barrack in a small compound. No air-raid shelters, no military target near the camp. Nature of work: farm-work, 7-8 hours daily, Sunday free.

 

II. CAPACITY & PRESENT PERSONNEL

        1 N.C.O., 27 Privates, total: 28 Canadian POW. No sanitator.

 

III. INTERIOR ARRANGEMENTS

        One sleeping room with double-tier beds, one nice dining room well decorated for Christmas, with 2 tables and enough chairs. Each POW has 2 blankets. Light and heating in order.

 

IV. WASHING & BATHING FACILITIES

        Very primitive, for hot baths the POW have to heat the water themselves in the kitchen, also for laundry.

 

V. TOILET FACILITIES

        Two seats, very primitive.

 

VI. FOOD & COOKING

        The POW have their own cook, the kitchen is very small. Food is said to be satisfactory. Red Cross food is also cooked in the kitchen.

 

VII. MEDICAL ATTENTION & STATE OF HEALTH

        Sick-parade twice weekly by a German civilian doctor at Schivelbein. Serious cases are taken to the lazaret Stargard. Dental treatment given by a German dentist at Schivelbein. First-aid equipment in camp.

 

VIII. CLOTHING

        Not every POW has two outfits, but the Chief Man of Confidence at the Stalag has been informed. A promise of a supply of clothing from the Germans could not be obtained.

 

IX. LAUNDRY

        Done by the POW themselves. In order.

 

X. MONEY & PAY

        Correct.

 

XI. CANTEEN

        There is no canteen in this camp.

 

XII. RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY

        Only one visit in 6 months.

 

XIII. RECREATION & EXERCISE

        The POW have books, indoor games and a gramophone. No sport gear, only walks on Sundays.

 

XIV. MAIL

        Very slow.

 

XV. WELFARE WORK

        Nothing to report.

 

XVI. COMPLAINTS

        1. The POW have no place for drying their wet clothes and laundry. A promise was given by the owner of the farm that a good room will be placed at their disposal at the beginning of the new year.

        2. The POW asked whether they were allowed to read German newspapers. The German Kontrolloffizier, as well as the accompanying officer of the German High Command, agreed to this request.

        No further complaints.

 

 

WORKING DETACHMENT No. 1978 Eichhof

Date of visit: 13th December 1944

Man of Confidence: Pte. D.S. Mann POW No. 26789

Canadians

 

I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION

        The camp is lodged in a stone building in a small village. There are no proper air-raid shelters, the POW could go into a potato-cellar. There is no military target near the camp. Nature of work: the POW do farm-work on different farms, they work 7 hours daily, every Sunday is free.

 

II. CAPACITY & PRESENT PERSONNEL

        20 Canadian prisoners of war. No sanitator.

 

III. INTERIOR ARRANGEMENTS

        One big room used as both sleeping and dining room, double-tier beds, enough tables and chairs, each POW has two blankets, some of them a third private one. Lighting and heating in order, a good stove. Some windows are broken.

 

IV. WASHING & BATHING FACILITIES

        There is a separate washroom at the back of the barrack-room. Washing facilities adequate.

 

V. TOILET FACILITIES

        In order, but the roofs are leaking. (See Complaints).

 

VI. FOOD & COOKING

        The POW have their own cook who does not work otherwise. The food is satisfactory.

 

VII. MEDICAL ATTENTION & STATE OF HEALTH

        Sick-parade twice weekly by a German civilian doctor. Serious cases are taken to lazaret Stargard. There is first-aid equipment in the camp. For dental treatment the POW go to a German civilian dentist at Schivelbein. In order.

 

VIII. CLOTHING

        In order, each POW has two complete uniforms.

 

IX. LAUNDRY

        The POW do their own laundry on Sundays. Soap issue in order.

 

X. MONEY & PAY

        Correct.

 

XI. CANTEEN

        No canteen.

 

XII. RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY

        The camp has been visited once by the Stalag chaplain since August 1944.

 

XIII. RECREATION & EXERCISE

        In order. The POW have a library, some musical instruments, a gramophone. They play base-ball, volley-ball, etc.

 

XIV. MAIL

        In order.

 

XV. WELFARE WORK

        Nothing to report.

 

XVI. COMPLAINTS

        1. Toilet facilities. The Delegate insisted that the necessary repairs to the roof of the latrine must be done immediately. This was promised, as well as that the broken windows in the kitchen would be replaced.

        2. Some minor points were settled on the sport.

 

XVII. GENERAL IMPRESSION

        A satisfactory camp.

 

 

WORKING DETACHMENT No. 1986 Dewsberg (near Polzin)

Date of visit: 13th December 1944

Man of Confidence: Pte. E.L. Peters POW No. 26671

Canadians

 

I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION

        The camp is installed in a stone building in a big compound of a farm. There are no air-raid shelters but no military target near the camp. Nature of work: farm-work, 7-8 hours daily, no Sunday work.

 

II. CAPACITY & PRESENT PERSONNEL

        There are 21 Canadian POW in the camp. No sanitator.

 

III. INTERIOR ARRANGEMENTS

        The POW have 3 small sleeping rooms which are also used as dining rooms. Double-tier beds, each POW has 2, some 3, blankets. Sitting accommodation in order, also heating and lighting. There is a small store-room for Red Cross parcels.

 

IV. WASHING & BATHING FACILITIES

        In order. For hot baths the POW must heat the water themselves.

 

V. TOILET FACILITIES

        In order.

 

VI. FOOD & COOKING

        The POW have their own cook, he does no other work. The kitchen is attached to the sleeping rooms, there is a good stove. In order.

 

VII. MEDICAL ATTENTION & STATE OF HEALTH

        Sick-parade twice weekly by a German civilian doctor at Polzin. Serious cases are sent to the lazaret at Stargard. Dental treatment done by a German civilian dentist at Polzin. First-aid equipment in the camp.

 

VIII. CLOTHING

        In order. Each POW has two uniforms.

 

IX. LAUNDRY

        Done by the POW themselves. In order.

 

X. MONEY & PAY

        Late this month but otherwise in order.

 

XI. CANTEEN

        No canteen, some beer is available from the nearby Gasthaus.

 

XII. RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY

        Very limited. One visit since June 1944.

 

XIII. RECREATION & EXERCISE

        Satisfactory. There are boxing-gloves and books in the camp and the POW play football, baseball and volleyball.

 

XIV. MAIL

        In order.

 

XV. WELFARE WORK

        Nothing to report.

 

XVI. COMPLAINTS

        1. The POW asked for a better supply of wood. The Germans promised to increase the wood-ration, otherwise the POW will be allowed to fetch wood when coming back from work.

        2. A larger pot for the kitchen is needed. It will be provided, if possible.

        No further complaints.

 

(signed) Fritz Dasen.

 

 

List of AMERICAN patients in R/L Stargard

 

POW No.

4251

 

2200

 

8522

1511

 

3746

 

1417

1251

2350

7746

3126

1142

 

1752

 

1976

3119

92971

142907

113249

23066

4510

100868

Rank

Sgt.

 

T/Sgt.

 

S/Sgt.

S/Sgt.

 

S/Sgt.

 

Sgt.

S/Sgt.

Sgt.

S/Sgt.

S/Sgt.

S/Sgt.

 

S/Sgt.

 

S/Sgt.

S/Sgt.

Pte.

Sgt.

(Algerian)

Pte.

S/Sgt.

S/Sgt.

Name

J. GROWNEY

 

J. HOLT

 

F. LAHAT

G.D. FERGUSSON

 

E.J. PEARCE

 

W. SHARPENACK

G. LEWIS

T. CAMPBELL

T. ANNIE

B. IVY

L. WEBB

 

GRIFFIN

 

M.G. ABRAMO

J.E. HELMS

L. RICHMOND

J. SCAGLIONE

B. HSAIN

R.H. JOHNSON

I.E. FISHER

J.E. WISSMAN

Army No.

12163195

 

18178337

 

32385141

19040444

 

14165323

 

13060232

11038219

12095123

35507493

19162837

140842[?]1

 

38195073

 

11083608

34497205

36769317

32181741

139

36646135

33759919

35474882

 

offene Fraktus des L Vorderarmes,

   eitrige Arthritis des Ellenbogen

Schaedelwirbel fraktur.

   Keine Symptome.

Fremdkoerper im R Fuss.

Fremdkoerper im Schaedel

   (kleine Splitter)

Ausscheniden des Kopfes des L

   Oberarmknochens

Postdiphterische Laehmung

Amptutation R Oberschenkel

Pseudarthrose L Neines

Haemorrhoiden m. Fissur

Haemorrhoiden

Erfreirungen 3. Grades 3 & 5.

   Finger R.

Staphylokokken Sepsis, Amputation

   R Daumen & Zeigfinger

Osteomyelitis R Tibia

Unterschenkelbruch

Mastoiditis

chr. Tripper

chr. Tripper
Tripper

Fraktur L Unterkiefer

Mastoiditis

December 12th, 1944.