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Stalag 4B was in the Mulhberg in the area of Germany south of Berlin, north east of Leipzig and north west of Dresden. The camp was situated between the small villages of Burxdorf and Neuburxdorf about 6km east of Mulhberg. Stalag IVb was a huge camp, holding up to 16,000 men.

As the war neared its end and the Germans were being pressed from both the East and the West, the volume of prisoners became so large that the Germans were overwhelmed and most prisoners stayed in camp. The result was that camp numbers swelled beyond what it was designed for and the POW's suffered the consequences - lack of bunks, bedding, clothing, and most of all, food.

After the war the Russians turned the tables and used the camp to house their German prisoners. As harsh as conditons were for the Russians when they were prisoners in the camp, the Germans suffered double when the tables were turned.

The men of Stalag IVb produced their own motoring magazine, named "Flywheel" It was filled with drawings and stories of motoring before the war, even a speculative edition featuring the 1944 Motor Show.

There is a museum in Muhlberg which has many photographs/maps etc. It opened after the reunification of Germany. The Russians refused to allow a museum to be opened until that time.

The address of the museum is: Initiativgruppe Lager Muhlberg e.V., Klostersrtasse 9, 04931, Muhlberg/Elbe, Germany

The currator is Angelica Stamm who is very helpful. The museum and the site still retains some basic outline of the camp. It is open Tuesdays to Thursdays 13.00 to 16.00 pm and every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month between 13.00 and 16.00pm. Telephone number is +49 35342 706 87.

Another name to add to the prisoners of war held at IV B at Fallingbostel is PoW # 26011, H199126, Cpl. George Waters, Cameron Highlanders of Canada.

Regretfully, no further information is known by the family.

My grandfather, Frederick Hedges of the Essex Regiment was captured at Tobruk and spent 3 years at this camp. He died in the early 1970's and never spoke about his time as a prisoner but we found some diaries he wrote covering the last months of the war which we turned into a book just for the family. There aren't many copies available but we gave some to the Essex Regiment Museum in Chelmsford. It's a fascinating look at the way life was for the prisoners - the hardships and the dreams they had but what struck me most was the way my grandad didn't feel angry at the Germans. He speaks of the shows they used to put on and how much they were enjoyed.

My father Robert F. Miller, has rarely spoken of his war experience, but I have been able to piece together the few shreds of information he has imparted. He was captured in the early days of the Battle of the Bulge and sent to Stalag IVB (verified by his prison tags which I have). He speaks of the day they woke up and found that the Germans had left. They had known the war was winding down due to the radio reports received by a clandestine receiver hidden by one of the men. A group of Russian Cossacks on horseback arrived confirming the fact the Germans were gone. He was then transferred deeper into Russian lines…not released. He was confined, along with a number of other allied soldiers, to a town guarded by the Russians. Trusting the Russians less than they trusted the Germans, he and three other American soldiers stole bicycles and pedaled their way to the American lines, bribing their way through Russian checkpoints with the aid of stolen vodka. After reaching a river with the Americans on one side and a large group of refugees on the other, my father identified himself as an American by yelling across the river a question about the 1944 World Series. A contingent of soldiers came across and formed a pathway for the escapees to come across the bridge. As an added sidebar to the story…my fathers bicycle blew a tire on the trip across the bridge.

He is now 80 years old and I still marvel at his life's accomplishments!

My Dad, sadly now passed away, was a POW in Stalag IVB. His name was Owen Wright, a Scot from Glasgow, who was captured at Arnhem. Does anyone remember him? I am desperately trying to retrace his POW history.

My husband James O. Mason, 106th Infantry, 423 Regiment G Coy, was briefly in Stalag IVB. Arriving late December 1944 and shortly after being transferred to a work camp near Bautzen with and about 40 others. (only 28 were alive when they were liberated). The factory made cardboard.

I would like to add my father's name to the list of POW's at Stalag IVB. His name was Warrant Officer Benjamin Royall from Pathfinder Squadron 35, Graveley, ENGLAND. He was an Australian attached to the RAF. Unfortunately he died in June 2004.

I am seeking any information on the story of my (recently) late grandfather who was at Stalag IV-B in 1944 - Sam Gross, Pvt. US Army from NYC. He was very sick (stomach, etc.) during the time. He refused to discuss his time there much like some of the other memories posted. I had heard that the US informed my grandmother that he was KIA but she refused to believe it and she was right. I had also heard that he had escaped or was being transferred via rail by the Germans, but that the train came under attack by the Red Army. Then, supposedly, he escaped temporarily into the forest with a US friend of Irish descent. He was Jewish. If anyone has any info whatsoever that could help corroborate this story I would be especially grateful.

My father, Antonius (Ton) Vos. was a Dutch POW at Muhlberg a/d Elbe from 1942-1945. I still have in my possesion the buttons he saved while he was in the camp. He never talked very much about the camp. As far as I understand the buttons were for the prisoner's uniform. According to my father the Germans would inspect their uniforms and if a button was missing they would be punished. The buttons are from all kind of different countries army and air force uniforms. He also told us that the prisoners from the UK were always envied by the other prisoners because they used to get such very good Red Cross parcels (compared to the Red Cross parcels he would get from an occupied country were there wasn't very much to share anymore). He said they (the UK prisoners) would have cigarettes in their packages with which they could bribe the guards. He also told us about the plays the UK prisoners would put on for everyone. I don't know very much more, because he didn't talk about it very much. I know it affected him very much for the rest of his life. He passed away in 1986. I loved him very much and miss him every day.

Mariska Street

I have just started to research my grandfathers war record. He was Seargent Joseph Edward Turner of the First Airbourne Division. He was held in Stalag 4B, having been transfered there from a holding camp somewhere in Italy, arriving on 13/9/43. Then staying the distance untill liberation in April.

My Grandfather Joseph Owen Miller was in World War 2. He was captured in The Battle Of The Bulge and taken to stalag 4b. My Grandmother said while he was there the people who captured him was throwing dead jews in a trench and they made my Grandfather and other POW'S cover them up with lime. My Grandfather's POW number i believe was 314785. My Grandfather survived and returned home safely, unfortunately he passed away in 1981. He was a wonderful man. If anyone knew him and has something they can share with me concerning him I would love to hear from you.

My Dad Warrant Officer Bernard Nelson Deas was in Stalag IVB from Nov 26, 1943 to May 14th, 1945. His Lancaster was shot down over Germany.

My father - Corporal Benjamin "Jonah" Jones, RAF - was a POW from 1943 until 1945, shot in the leg and captured on Kos, he did tell us that the Germans were waiting for them when they arrived in Kos! Dad didn't relish being 'liberated' by the Russians and escaped from them with a friend. They managed to make it to a farm, where a decent German Frau took pity on them and cooked chicken soup for them, they had not had any decent food for a very long time. They later made it to the American lines and were finally sent home to Northolt, arriving home looking like skeletons, according to my mother.

My father sadly died at the early age of 58 in 1980, no doubt his experiences contributed greatly to his reluctance to discuss much about his time in Stalag IVB. However, the night before he died he finally told my sister many harrowing stories of when he was a POW, in fact we had not known that he had been shot.

There used to be a reunion every year in Edinburgh when my father would meet with his many ex-POW comrades, I wonder whether this reunion still takes place and if any of those who go remember him? I read from the Stalag IVB website the many stories which we children and grandchildren have been told over the years, they all have a very similar ring to them.

Anne Billington

My Dad Rob Ray (2nd Transvaal Scottish) was captured at Tobruk by Rommel on June 21st 1942, and via Italian POW camps ended up at Stalag IVB near Dresden and the nearby punishment camp (straflager) Stalag 304H at Zeithan. He was there during the forebombing of Dresden He was moved to Fallingbostel near Hildesheim from where he escaped towards the end of the war. He still lives in Johannesburg and is 83. I visited the site in October 2000. It was serene and sobering. He has recounted many stories to me especially the horrors of Stalag 304H which is now (cynically) preserved as a wildlife refuge. The nearby town of Muhlberg am Elbe is the closest bigger town from what I could see. (I do have a book that my Dad kept which has names and addresses of some POWs at Stalag IVB), most were British, South Africans and a few Canadians).

I have discovered that my great Uncle, Philip Richard Sheridan, Tech. 5 US Army Heavy Field Artillery, Truck Drawn Howitzer, antitank group, was captured by German forces in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge and sent to Stalag 4B where he remained until War's end. I discovered this via the NARA site - Access to Archival Database / W.W.II Prisoners of War. I would love to hear from anyone who may have either known my great Uncle or have heard of him through any wartime correspondences or otherwise.

My father, Raymond Atkinson was in the 7th r.t.r. He was captured on the 21st of June 1942 in Tobruk and spent the remainder of the war in Stalag 4b.

Margaret Freeman

I would like to know if anybody knew my father, his name was George Watkins, he was in the London Rifle Brigade and was capturd at Mersa, Brega and transported to Stalag IVB on the 31st March 1941 till 20th May 1945 where he was put to work in the Coal Mine.

My father, James Mattushek was a prisoner at Stalag 4B for nearly 4 years, escaping towards the end of the war. He was also in a work detail and spent a year on a farm in the Somsdorf district. If there is anyone who remembers the name, please contact mee.

My father-in-law has just spent a enjoyable hour reading your site and reliving his experience in Stalag 4b. His name is Lawence Wilkins, a member of the 4th Batt. Dorset, captured in France at Maltot on 10th July 1944.

Tony Pletts

My father, David Rowlstone (known as Basher or Rollo) was a prisoner at Stalag IVB from 1942, when he was captured on Crete, to 1945, when he escaped and joined the Czech Resistance driving a tank behind enemy lines.

I have a photo which names the other prisoners in his hut, also captured on Crete, as follows:- SQMS Vaughan, Sam Quant, W Jarrard, SQMS Law, M Brown, Tom Slack, Tony Foreman, Ron Golder, R Marriott, C Symons, H Morgan, E Vallis, W Bailey, Cprl R Young, Cprl R Burn (a Marine), J Atkinson, Fred Champion, Lucianos Gallareta (Spanish), Thomas Thomas (Spanish), Johnny Marfell, W Beauchamp, N Brown, C Kedge, A Swingler, H Johnson, W Thompson.

Walter Scott joined them later and remained in touch with Dad until he sadly died just before Christmas.

Dad is now 88 and last year I persuaded him to write down his memories of the war. He would love to hear from anyone who remembers him.

My Grandad, George Frederick Hart, was captured at Anzio and taken to Stalag IVB. He never spoke about the war or his imprisonment right up to his death on 3rd September 1998. I have been researching my family tree and his wife has told me one of the few things he told her.

He said that one day (referring to the liberation I expect) they all woke up and the Germans had gone. He walked out of the gates with a lot of other people and they walked to the American lines. He said that on the way there an american plane mistook them for Germans and strafed them, killing several people. They retreated back to the camp where they awaited the Americans coming to get them.

Can any one else shed light light on this information or on George Hart himself when he was imprisoned?

My father, Lance Corporal Tom Mitchell was evidently held at Stalag 1V B, via Italy, having been taken prisoner in North Africa. I have very little information. If anyone has info please contact me.

Brian Mitchell

My Grandfather, Flight Sergeant John Geoffrey Scudamor was a prisoner in Stalag IVb. I am currently researching the time he spent there, and have many photographs. Many of them were taken by a BBC cameraman with a concealed camera.

Marie-Louise Layton (nee Scudamore)

I am trying to find information on Herbert Loring Miller of Chelsea, MA. He was a PoW at Stalag IVB. I do not know much more seeing he didn't talk about it much, but, what do I need to get for information on him? Tyler

I was a POW in Stalag 4b and remember one thing. The Germans used to come around every day and read a note telling us the war was going bad for the Americans and British and soon they would be swiming the channel back to England. Every one would feel down hearted to hear this kind of news. But the British fellows had a radio receiver and got the real news. They would post guards at the doors of the barracks then read the real news how the American and British troops were advancing at a fast pace driving the German army in retreat. What a shot in the arm that would be, really lifted the morale of all of the men. One time the Gestapo raided the camp trying to find the receiver and never found it The Brits had hid it in a bass violin. I was transferred to another stalag but left behind some memories.

Sgt. Roland Hiles

I am doing a little research on my late grandfathers military history and I was wondering if you can help me. I know that he was in the german POW camp "stalag 4B" and I have his prisoner's number: 91907. His name is Jevtic Bogomir. Do you know any data base where I can enter his prisoners number and thus retreive some more details on his stay in "Stalag 4b"?

Miodrag Krajcinovic

I was checking out your site and am amazed at the stories of these brave men, of which my late father-in-law was one. My wife has passed on, but I have her father's Stalag IVB ID tag, and other military items of his. His name was Louis Arruda and he was with the 104th. Infantry "Timberwolves", 403rd. Regiment, Co. A. He was captured at Inden on Nov. 28th, 1944, and was at IVB until evacuated out on May 7th, 1945.

I have heard my father's story rarely, his name was William Thom Friell, known as Bill, and he died in 1991 but he was captured in Africa, sent to a camp in Italy (he was treated very badly there apparently) and from there was sent to Stalag IVB. From there he told me he had to escape from the Russians who knew that he spoke German, Italian and Russian.

I have a photo of him taken there with his number 257932 and a card dated 9th April 1945 identifying him as a British Man of Confidence in English on one side and German on the other. The German part was pasted on to the back of the English part which was typed on what appears to be photo paper with French and English printing on it.

I have a piece of paper with the words "259932 C.S.M. Friell W. Employed by Russian Reg Dept: pass to all parts of Camp." I cannot make out the signature but it is dated 30 April 1945. I have his Soldier's Release Book with his release dated 18 October 1945. I have a piece of paper with a Russian name and address on it but it is in Cyrillic and I have not been able to have it translated since I just found it.

I have a photo of a country western band with my father in front with a guitar. He told me once that it had been made by an American in one of the camps he was in. He played the guitar all the rest of his life and sang American cowboy songs.

Helen Friell

My Grandad, Pte G D Curnow was captured on March 1st 1944 at Anzio Beach Head. He was in The Essex Regiment then transfered to The Duke of Wellingtons as they had lost lots of men. In May 1944 he was transfered to Stalag IVb.
Does anyone have any stories they could share with me about this time. Many Thanks
Kerry Curnow

My father Willam Bramley was in the Sherwood Foresters and subsequently the Royal Artillery and the subsequntly in the Special Air Service when it was first formed in 1941. He was parachuted into the Western Desert to saburtage enemy infrastrucure priot to military engagement. he was subsequently captured by the Italian's and spent a short time in an italian camp prior to being transferred to Stalag 4B. During this time he was sent on working parties to farms. he forrmed a friendship with an American named Gilbert Kite who was an amateur poet who wrote a poem for my grandmotherl's birthday. he spent some two and a half years in the camp before being lberated by the Russians in 1945. Reading the accounts on the web-site brought back many memories of the stories which he told me as a child on his return home.

Barbara Buxton

My dad, Reginald Hughes was in stalag 4b from 1940 to 1945,captured in a tank in North Africa [one of the first]


List of Prisoners

  • Louis Arruda. 104th. Infantry "Timberwolves", 403rd. Regiment, Co. A Read his story
  • Pat Ashworth
  • J Atkinson
  • Raymond Atkinson. 7th r.t.r. Read his story
  • Stan Backhouse
  • W Bailey
  • Ernest "Ike" Reginald Baldwin. 86 Company, Royal Engineers Read his story
  • Jerry Ball
  • Pte. George T Barrow. 10th Battalion Para Reg. Read his story
  • Bill Barry
  • Gnr. Arthur Bayliss 277/68 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Read his Story
  • W Beauchamp
  • Beecham
  • Lt Bill C. Biega. Polish Underground Army Read his Story
  • Jevtic Bogomir. Read his story
  • George Bolton. Read his story
  • Pte. Joseph Fredrick Brown. Sherwood Foresters.
  • Charles Bundy
  • Willam Bramley. Special Air Service. Read his story
  • Sgt Joe Brann. RASC Read his story
  • M Brown
  • N Brown
  • Edward Bryzgod
  • Cprl R Burn. Marines
  • Sgt J G Burrows. Bomb Aimer. 49 Squadron. Read his story
  • Sgt George Cartlidge. East Surrey Regiment Read his story
  • Sgt Henry Cassidy. Cameron Highlanders. Read his story
  • Ted Cachart
  • Fred Champion
  • Bud Chorley
  • Pte Alfred Earnest Chown. Green Howards Read his story
  • Murray Cohen
  • Robert Cossar
  • Reg Croft
  • Pte G D Curnow. The Essex Regiment & The Duke of Wellingtons. Read his story
  • Cpl Fred P. "Paul" Dallas. 45th Inf. Division.
  • Private J.R. Dean. 2nd Battalion Royal Leicestershire Rgt.
  • Warrant Officer Bernard Nelson Deas. RAF Read his story
  • Joe Doughty
  • Harry Drewitt Read his story
  • Bobby Dunn
  • Harold Dyers
  • Arthur C Eason
  • Sgt. Wallace J. Eisenhauer. 5th btn. East Yorks. Read his Story
  • Elliott
  • Syd Emerick. RAF
  • Sgt Eric Everitt. 2nd SA Division.
  • William "Bill" Flockhart. Scots Guards. Read his story
  • Harold Forden. Gunner, Royal Artillery
  • Tony Foreman
  • Arthur Andrew "Slasher" Forrester. East Yorkshire Regiment. Read his story
  • Harry France. 8th Btn. DLI. Read his story
  • C.S.M. William Thom Friell Read his story
  • Chester Devoid Gainey. 291st Infantry Regiment. Read his story
  • Lucianos Gallareta (Spanish)
  • Gordon Grantham. 106th inf. div.
  • Gray
  • Bernard Greenberg
  • Colin Grey. Air gunner, 158 Squadron. Shot down 3 October 1943 flying a Halifax from RAF Station Lisset.
  • Ron Golder
  • Lawrence Joseph Gore
  • Pvt. Sam Gross. US Army. Read his Story
  • Raymond Hall. RA Read his story
  • Warrant Officer Robert Harding. (Pilot) Read his story
  • George Frederick Hart. Read his story
  • George Harrington
  • W/O Clifford (Taffy) Harris
  • F/Sgt F G "Derick" Hawthorne. Nav. 77 Sqd
  • Fred Heathfield. pilot. 51 Squadron.
  • Frederick Hedges. Essex Regiment. Read his Story
  • Herbert
  • Wayne Heuer. 42nd Rainbow Division Read his story
  • Sgt. Roland Hiles. Read his story
  • Nat Hoffman
  • Ken Holdsworth. 13 reserve MT company and 278 General Transport Company
  • Cecil "Charlie" Holmes. 52 L.A.A. Regt R.A. Read his story
  • Holt
  • Thomas Edward Hopkins Read his Story
  • Wallace E. Houghtaling Read his story
  • Reginald Hughes. Read his story
  • Hunt
  • Eric Hurst
  • Keenan
  • Sgt John Verdun Kelley Read his story
  • William Kirby. Medic
  • Merle Inman. 291st Infantry Regiment.Read his story
  • Edward "Eddie" Hamilton James
  • W Jarrard
  • Will Johns
  • L/Cpl T C Johnson. driver. RASC Read his story
  • H Johnson
  • Corporal Benjamin "Jonah" Jones, RAF Read his story
  • Oscar O. Jones. 81st Chem. Mortar Bn.Read his story
  • Bill Irving
  • Dave Katzeff
  • C Kedge
  • Clarence M. Keith. 310th Infantry Regiment. Read his Story
  • Albert (Bert) Kightley. RAMC
  • Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Kilcullen
  • Gilbert Kite. USA.
  • John D. Knappenburgh
  • Harold George Knibbs. Royal Armoured Corps. Read his story
  • Nick Kyriakides
  • Sgt John George Latham Read his story
  • Stan Lambert Read his story
  • SQMS Law
  • Jack Lawrence
  • Frank Lazzari
  • Arthur Lilley
  • Eli Linden.
  • Rfmn George Loughridge. London Irish/Royal UlsterRifles. Read his story
  • Father Thomas Lynch
  • Jock McArthur
  • McCarthy
  • John Mabbs. Read his story
  • Harry 'Les' Leslie Madison, Jr. Company b, 422nd Reg, 106th Division
  • Johnny Marfell
  • R Marriott
  • James O. Mason. 106th Infantry, 423 Regiment G Coy. Read his Story
  • James Matilinos
  • James Mattushek Read his story
  • George Maunder
  • Lance Corporal Tom Mitchell Read his story
  • Herbert Loring Miller. Read his story
  • Joseph Owen Miller Read his story
  • Robert F. Miller. Read his Story
  • Tom Milner
  • Sgt F.Moore. 428 Sqd. RCAF Read his Story
  • H Morgan
  • Harry Muse
  • Ronnie Naude
  • Sgt Lynn Sarrell Ongley. Read his story
  • Sgt Robert Otterson.
  • Bill Oxley
  • Frank Pac
  • Allen Park
  • Arthur C. Peifer
  • F. Perrée. technical sergeant. Dutch army
  • Charlie Phelps
  • Leo Joseph Poisson. 106th inf. Golden Lion Div.
  • Joseph Ponting. 3rd Parachute Battalion
  • Sgt T.C.Qualey. 428 Sqd. RAF. Read his Story
  • Sam Quant
  • Bill Rae
  • Rob Ray. 2nd Transvaal Scottish. Read his story
  • Sgt G.W.Redwoo. 428 Sqd. RAF. Read his Story
  • Bill Remington
  • Loren George Resterhouse. Btry. D 634th AAA AW Bn
  • WO Benjamin Royall. 35 Sqd RAF. Read his Story
  • Frank Ruston. Coldstream Guards. Read his story
  • Robinson
  • David "Basher or Rollo" Rowlstone. Read his story
  • William Sampson. medical orderly. 10th btn. Berkshire Regt. Read his story
  • PFC Louis C. Schmitt. 29th Infantry Division
  • Frank Scordino. 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division Read his story
  • Flight Sergeant John Geoffrey Scudamor. Read his story
  • Benedict Joseph Sellers. 414th Bomb Squadron 97th Bomb Group. Read his story
  • Philip Richard Sheridan. US Army Heavy Field Artillery Read his story
  • Tom Slack
  • Edward J. Slayman. 137 INF 35 DIV. Read his story
  • Doug Smith.
  • Sgt Clarence Wesley Albert Sparling. Rear Gnr. RCAF Lancaster I ED357 PH-S. 12sqd.
  • Sgt Gordon Thomas Spiece. Rear Gnr. Lancaster I W4266 PH-R RCAF 12 sqd.
  • Clarance A. Sterner
  • A Swingler
  • C Symons
  • Taylor
  • James Edward Tranthem. 100th Division Co. D 398th Infantry Regt. 7th Army.
  • Jan Thomas Read his Story
  • Thomas Thomas (Spanish)
  • W Thompson.
  • Charlie Thorton
  • Garfield Townley.
  • Lloyd Trotter. pilot, 138 Sqd (Shot down 15 September 1943 taken POW)
  • Don Tunney. wireless operator/air gunner, 458 Squadron (RAAF) (Shot down 24 March 1943 taken POW)
  • Pte Tom Tunney. 16th btn. DLI. Read his story
  • Seargent Joseph Edward Turner. 1st Airbourne Division Read his story
  • Cpl. Thomas Tyler RAF Read his story
  • SQMS Vaughan
  • E Vallis
  • Dog Vidler
  • Antonius "Ton" Vos. Dutch. Read his story
  • Horace Norwood Walker. SA. Read his story
  • Jack Warner
  • Anthony Waters
  • Cpl. George Waters. Cameron Highlanders of Canada. Read his Story
  • George Watkins. London Rifle Brigade Read his story
  • Sgt Harry Watson. 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (Motor Transport)
  • Lofty Weekes
  • Boet Wessels. SA. Read his story
  • Leo L. Westerholm. Platoon Medic.
  • Cpl William Charles Wingrove. East Surrey Regiment Read his story
  • Les Whitmore
  • Guy Wilkinson. Sherwood Foresters
  • Lawence Wilkins. 4th Batt. Dorsets. Read his story
  • Levi Williford
  • Ft Sgt John Badger Woodman. 70 Sqn
  • Owen Wright. Read his Story
  • Pvt. Harry Yaffe.
  • Cprl R Young

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