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The Invergordon Archive

Any ideas?
The Invergordon Archive
Any ideas?

Who, when and where.
Picture added on 17 April 2004
If the sign reads "Fort Rauch" (rather than Ranch) this may be a PoW camp. Try googling "Fort Rauch" - I got 2 links one relating to Stalag XII Posen.
Added by Brian McKenzie on 20 October 2004
This is a PoW camp in Poland outside Posen. It was a fort built by the Germans in the Franco-Prussian War, 1871.
I have a picture of my father in the same place.
Added by Dave West on 04 January 2005
My father, Howard Powell, was kept at Fort Rauch after being captured in France and taken there in a
cattle truck. He was kept there for almost 4 years right up until the end of the war. He has many vivid
memories of life as a PoW and much to tell. I hope that you will contact me.
Added by Lesley Williams on 27 January 2005
George Beeson, author of Five Roads to Freedom, went through this POW camp. Tremendous story.
Added by David Taylor on 21 April 2005
I too have a similar photo of my father taken at Fort Rauch, Stalag XXID. He was there until January 1945 when he was marched to Landshute in Bavaria and flown home. His name was Joseph Edward Dollin, of 209/53 A/T Regiment, R.A. captured at Dunkirk, June 1940
Added by Brian Dollin on 17 August 2005
Alan Forster, my father's youngest brother, was also at Fort Rauch from 1941-4 and I have borrowed his letters home and am transcribing these with a view to publishing them on the web and, perhaps, as a book as I worked in publishing until my recent retirement. I also have about 50 photographs taken at Fort Rauch and sent home with letters by Alan and two of his friends and fellow prisoners, Charlie Glasgow and Phil Goold. One is also similar to this.

I would be very pleased to receive any further information you and others may have. I can be mailed direct at: bill@fischer-balcke. de (my wife is from Hamburg).

Bill Forster
St Albans, England
Added by Bill Forster on 17 October 2005
Mrs. Lesley Williams, please contact me!
Your e mail address doesn't exist. Do you have alternative mail?
My name is Kamil Nowak. I made a web site about Klimontow which is a quarter of Sosnowiec (Upper silesia-Zaglebie, POLAND). There used to be German labour camp for 400 prisoners of war from Great Britain (1943 - 1945). I'm sure that one of them was your father Howard Powell. The full name of camp was: Kommando E 702 Stalag VIII B 344 Lamsdorf. I know your email address from Bill Forster whose uncle Alan Forster also was Klimontow's prisoner. Your father and Alan probably lived in the same room. Alan Forster wrote very interesting diary about his times in Poland during World War 2.
You can read it at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/73/a7257873.shtml
Polish translation of some parts of diary www.infomag.com.pl/~klimontow/historia.php?co=dziennik_alana
I will be very grateful if you could ask your father about his times in Poland. Does he has photos or documents from Klimontow?
I invite you at my site www.klimontow-sosnowiec.prv.pl
some information I wrote in English.
I think that your father should remember some places in Klimontow esp. our coal-mine.
Bill Fer is also unable to contact you via your mail address karlandlesley@hotmail.com
Added by Kamil Nowak on 17 December 2006
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