The Wartime Memories Project - STALAG 3a POW Camp

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Stalag 3a was sitauted at Luckenwalde

I am an American citizen but a French native. My step-father Pierre Victor Vallee was in Stalag IIIA according to letters I saw just a few weeks ago at my Mother's, who still lives in France. However, on these letters I could not get from her, it said "Lager-Beizenchlung" and the "ch" was like old English script. Was there more than one Stalag IIIA or several different camps within that Stalag? Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I know that he was taken prisonner at Dunkerk trying to escape to England.

Here are copies of the programmes for "Enlevez Moi" which was performed by the French Theatre Group in Stalag IIIA, Luckenwalde in 1944. I also include copies of photo's of the French Chapel.

I was attending Mass in this chapel in April, 1945 when the Russian tanks rolled into the camp, knocking down the wire separating the compounds and generally causing havoc. The French Chaplain finshed that Mass at high speed and we all rushed out just in time to see a large and formidable looking woman who was driving the leading Sherman telling some G.I's waht she thought of their offer of cigarettes.

I was in what was known as the "Irish Camp", men of Irish nationality or descent from all the Services and from all over the world.(And many other places as well, as someone once reamarked after watching an Irish guardsman sailing a model yacht on the firepond.) The candlesticks in the chapel were made from processed cheese tins.

One the photo's is of our theatre group which had just presented "Deep Digs The Devil". (I'm afraid I was responsible for that title and for "So Shines a Star". I'm the character in a dinner jacket, fourth from the left. The sinister looking individual on the end was Chuck McSherry. He was a senior Post Office Engineer from Belfast and an electrical genius. He once made a radio which fitted into the heels of a pair of clogs. When we had a search he would put them on.

On the right are two of the French group. The one on the end was their most talented and profesional stage designer, Piere Chazanof. Several of the French actors and musicians were professionals. Yves Richard had been a band leader on the Queen Mary, we were told. I can't remember the name of the chap next to Piere but he was a good friend to us. I once went with another member of our group to Berlin to the UFA film studios to pick costumes for our musical, "So Shines A Star" after the French had given us a Mexican band set for our first play!

I took off from IIIA when it became clear that the Russians seemed very reluctant to let us go. So I took off with a Texas Ranger. We got in with a Russian Artillery Battery who treated us very well. They finally asked us to escort a party of French women who had just been released from Ravensbruck concentration camp . One had beenn actress with the Comedie Francais. Another had her hair shaved off just before they were freed because she cheered when Russian planes flew over. We went with them to Torgau where the Americans had just met the Russians. I told the Americans about the Stalag and they sent trucks to take the Americans and British out. But the Russians chased them away. When I got home the camp was still causing questions to be asked in Parliament.

Peter Paul Bogan.

I was in France over Christmas last year, I found a box of pictures of my grandfather and some correspondance and pictures from his time as a war prisoner in Germany. His name is Albert Marin and I think he was in the Stalag IIIA, Luckenwalde, Germany (every single picture of him has got the lager's stamp on its back). I'd be very grateful for every single information you could send me.

This is a photo of my Great Uncle Maurice Berthelémy (2nd from left, back row), regular French Army, captured in 1940. The picture was sent to my Grandmother durring the war, with a return adress & censor stamp stating Stalag IIIA. My father has another photo of Uncle Maurice with the same return adress & stamp on the back, but adressed to his brother Robert Berthelémy in Stalag VIIA, from what I've been told, Uncle Robert died in an air raid on the camp, & Uncle Maurice was 'liberated' by the Soviet Army, meaning that he was interned by the Russians until well after the war had ended.

If anyone has any information on either Maurice, or Robert Berthelémy, or any information pertaining to French POWs in either camps, I would be grateful.

Thanks, Alexander Howell

Read Robert's story

My father was Kenneth MALCOLM Morris. Please add his name to the list of men who were at Stalag 3-B.

He was in the 141st Infantry, Company G of the 36th Division. Originally out of National Guard of Ingleside (Robstown area), Texas...he went to Camp Bowie at Brownwood, Texas and then Africa...and then was at the Salerno Invasion.

A Robstown newspaper says he was captured in the "bloody fighting on the Rapido river section in Italy in January of 1944. His courageous action in this and the Salerno beachead fighting won for him the Silver Star."

The Silver Star citation reads: "For gallantry in action on 15 December 1943 in the vicinity of ______. As squad leader of an assault platoon of Company G, Sergeant Morris led his squar forward during the attack again____ under heavy enemy artillery, mortar, machine gun and rifle fire until his squad had attained its first object. He then volunteered to remain in a position which was constantly being subjected to severe concentrations of enemy mortar and artillery fire in order to provide covering fire for the forward movement of two assault platoons. During this movement, he again volunteered to move a distance of one hundred yards into an open and exposed position which was directly under enemy observation so he could fire his automatic rifle on an enemy machine gun blocking the path of advance. With utter disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Morris successfuly neutralized the enemy machine gun until the assault platoons had reached their new positions. His gallant action reflects great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States."

One of his letters to his mom said that Salerno was a "synch" compared to the following battles.

After Rapido, he taken to Stalag 3-B. I think his number might have been 270890. He was liberated by the Russians on April 21, 1945.

It looks like he wrote down some names in a very small, beaten up little notebook, while he was a POW: Sal Alini (Brooklyn), Genaro Pina (Robstown, TX), Hugh A. Cameron (Oklahoma City), Fred R. Gerber (San Angelo), Harly S. Clay (Little Rock)

Thank you. Kay


List of Prisoners

  • Louis Bariller. french.
  • Maurice Berthelémy Read his story
  • Peter Paul Bogan. Royal Artillery. Read his story
  • Albert Boutet. french.
  • Rene Braye. french.
  • Armand Cattelain. french.
  • Louis Catrix. french.
  • Piere Chazanof. french.
  • William Danielewski. 106th Infantry
  • Geo Delaigue. french.
  • Roger Delattre. french.
  • Andre Fourty. french.
  • Ernest Gamba. french.
  • PFC Hyman Goodman. F Coy. 2nd Btn. 26th Infantry Regt. Read his Story
  • Avrami Kwochinsky. french.
  • Louis Lallemand. french.
  • Robert Lee Libhart.
  • Roger Lenoir. french.
  • Marcel Lheriter. french.
  • Robert Loche. french.
  • Wilf Hodgson. bomb aimer. 90 Squadron (Shot down 9 May 1944.)
  • Sergeant William McLaughlin. 2nd btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. Read his story
  • Chuck McSherry. Read his story
  • Albert Marin. Read his story
  • Alfred Michiels. french.
  • Francois Miro. french.
  • Kenneth Malcolm Morris. 141st Infantry, Company G of the 36th Division. Read his story
  • Jean Pellicer. french.
  • Roger Philippe. french.
  • Rene Richard. french.
  • Yves Richard. french.
  • Vicent Rizzello. french.
  • Georges Rogier. french.
  • Eugene Smigielski. 820th Tank Destroyer battalion
  • Henri Tallet. french.
  • Macel Le Tous. french.
  • Albert Trotard. french.
  • Raymond Valero. french.
  • S/Sgt. Luther C. Vaughn. USA 1st Amd Div. 27th Field Artillery
  • Pierre Victor Vallee Read his Story
  • Charles F. Ward. Tank Driver USA 1st Amd Div. 1st Armd Regt. Read his story

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