Jack Millett: Second World War

Jack Millett after his enlistment in 1939.  Bertletto Studio, P07203.008

Jack Millett after his enlistment in 1939. Bertletto Studio, P07203.008

In April 1945, American artillery targeted Colditz Castle preparing to shell it into oblivion – not realising it was a prisoner of war camp.

They had fired a few ranging shells and were seconds from opening fire with high explosive and phosphorous shells when one of the Americans spotted a French flag and stopped firing on the castle.

Some pieces of the ranging shells hit the castle. One came through a window near Australian Lieutenant Jack Millett, who was watching the action.

Piece of shrapnel from an American shell ranged on the castle, collected by Jack Millett.   REL38251

Piece of shrapnel from an American shell ranged on the castle, collected by Jack Millett. REL38251