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Displaying 12 Lots in Category - Prisoners of War
C of A - Postal History
1916 1916 (Aug 30) cover endorsed "Letter for Germany enclosed/fromH Wacker prisoner of war/released on parole", to Deutsche Hilfsverein (= German Aid) in Sweden with KGV 1d red x3 (½d convenience overpayment), violet/white censor label & unusually with French censor label & cachet, Stockholm arrival b/s.
1919 unfranked Swiss Consulate at Sydney cover to "Mr H Krischke" in the German Concentration Camp at Liverpool with 'FOR INTERNED CIVILIAN' h/s in violet, couple of minor blemishes. [Presumably contained a letter from Germany forwarded via neutral Switzerland]
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1941 correspondence postcard with 'PRISONER OF WAR SERVICE' cachet sent airmail to England franked 5d Ram, 6d Kookaburra & 2/- Kangaroo tied Sydney '15FE41' cds paying 2/11d rate for carriage by TEAL to New Zealand and PanAm FAM-19 Trans-Pacific and FAM-18 Trans-Atlantic Clipper services, return address of Hay Camp (NSW) internee Markus Strohmayer E76550, Hut 9 Camp 8 Eastern Command, couple of minor blemishes. [The rate was set at half the corresponding 5/10d per ½oz letter rate. From a Dunera Boy: in May & June 1940 thousands of mostly Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria were interned by the British; some 2500 were subsequently sent to Australia on board the Dunera in squalid conditions where they were housed in the Hay & Tatura internment camps; after their eventual release in late-1942 some returned to the UK but many joined the Army and stayed in Australia after the end of WWII]
C of A - Military - World War I
WORLD WAR II: Useful POW group with 1945 Australian Red Cross cover to Switzerland at 9/- rate, two stampless covers from Germany to a POW at Murchison (one with 'POW/MURCHISON VIC' h/s in violet), four Vatican envelopes with Australian Apostolic Delegation messages within, four letters regarding a country doctor employing a German officer, and a part-telegram with 'MIL PO MYRTLEFORD' cds.
(Qty 16 items)
C of A - Flight Covers - Commercial
GREAT BRITAIN: GREAT BRITAIN: 1940 (Nov 4) plain postcard from Hay Internment Camp (NSW) with 2d 9d + Kangaroo 2/- tied by Sydney cds paying the Clipper rate, a little soiled & small defects. The rate of 2/11d was half 5/10d moved up to the nearest penny. [The sender Georg Rapp was a 'Dunera' Boy. Early in the War, the British decided that refugees from Europe were a security risk, even though most were Jewish. The Dunera was sent to Australia, crowded with as many mainly Jewish adults & children - plus some German POWs - as possible. Conditions were appalling & the incident created an international furore. Another of Churchill's litany of finest moments!]
GREAT BRITAIN: 1941 (July 15) plain postcard from Hay Internment Camp (NSW) with Hermes 1/6d x2 - penny convenience overpayment - tied by Sydney cds, minor blemishes. From the same 'Dunera Boy as the previous lot.
ASIA: 'A Postal History of the Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees in East Asia during the Second World War - Volume 1: Singapore & Malaya 1942-1945' by David Tett (2002).
ASIA: 'A Postal History of the Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees in East Asia during the Second World War - Volume 3: Burma, Thailand and Indochina 1942-1946' by David Tett (2005).
IRELAND: 'Sinn Fein/Rebellion/Dublin - Military/examining/Parcels/before/allowing/Visitors to/Prisoners', used under cover in 1918.
NORTH BORNEO: JAPANESE OCCUPATION: c.1943 Japanese Forces Postal Card (small illustration in green of soldiers) from a Japanese soldier to Hyogo, small censor's chop in red, return address translates as "Borneo Despatch Nada 10321 Unit, Ohba Unit".
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Postal History
1942 (May 28) unfranked cover from USA to "...Quartermaster Clk, Formerly in Philippine Islands, American Prisoner in Japan, c/- International Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland" endorsed "Postage Free" with San Diego d/s carried on the first Prisoner of War mail exchange with Japan by the Red Cross ship Gripsholm, US censor tape but without any Japanese censor markings, some edge faults.
The Japanese invasion of the Philippines commenced within hours of the Pearl Harbour attack but most US POWs were not captured until the fall of the Bataan Peninsula in April 1942 and Corregidor in May 1942. Tett states (Vol 5, p75) only a "small amount of mail from the USA" was carried on this first exchange as very few next of kin had been notified, and does not illustrate a single example. Ruggiero (pp8-9) gives the exact amount as 3719 individual items addressed to US prisoners; by comparison the second exchange in 1943 carried 3,043 bags of mail. The Gripsholm left New York on 18 June arriving Lourenco Marques 22.7.1942 where the mail was transferred to the Conte Verde and Asama Maru arriving at Yokohama on 17.8.1942.
1944 'Prisoner of War Mail' postal card sent unfranked to US POW at "Tokyo Camp, Japan", short message (limit of 24 words imposed) on back, US '5268' censor cachet on face and Japanese censor chops alongside, endorsed "12D" in red crayon to indicate his location.