Oerbke. Inspecting prisoner of war (POW) camp Stalag 357 shortly after its liberation by units ...

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Accession Number UK2759
Collection type Photograph
Object type 3x4", Nitrate, Silver Gelatin
Physical description 3x4", Nitrate, Silver Gelatin
Maker Stewart, Alexander
Place made Germany: Fallingbostel
Date made 16 April 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

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Description

Oerbke. Inspecting prisoner of war (POW) camp Stalag 357 shortly after its liberation by units of the 2nd British Army, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery talks to RAAF POW 417152 Warrant Officer R. S. Bray of Adelaide, SA, a member of 466 (Halifax) Squadron RAAF with Bomber Command. He had baled out over Frankfurt 13 months earlier from a stricken RAAF Halifax bomber aircraft. Stalags 357 and XIb (at Fallingbostel) were found by the British to be virtually Anzac prison camps. Many AIF men (some taken prisoner in Crete) and RAAF and New Zealand Air Force men were freed. British Army men actually caught up with parties of Anzacs being force marched away from the camps. The ex POWs returned to spend their last night in the camps and await transport to Britain. They were issued with tents, as their quarters were found to be uninhabitable.