Piece of shrapnel, Oflag IVC Colditz Castle : Lieutenant J R Millett, 2/11 Battalion
|Title||Piece of shrapnel, Oflag IVC Colditz Castle : Lieutenant J R Millett, 2/11 Battalion|
|Date made||c 1945|
Piece of shrapnel from a small American shell.
Piece of shrapnel collected by WX3383 Lieutenant John Robert 'Jack' Millett during the 'Battle for Colditz'. Oflag IVC at Colditz Castle was a prisoner of war camp for officers who had caused the Germans a great deal of trouble, especially in making multiple escape attempts from other camps. American forces reached the Colditz area by the evening of Friday 13 April. At dawn the next day the battle for Colditz began. Members of the SS, soldiers and civilians in Colditz had established and reinforced defences in and around the town and resisted the Americans as they advanced. The Americans sent out reconnaissance planes and began ranging shells on the town in anticipation of a bombardment. The German Commandant of Oflag IVC received an order to move the British prisoners out of Colditz, but the Senior British Officer Lieutenant Colonel William Tod refused and the prisoners remained in the camp.