The Nominal Roll of POWs published in 1945 by HMSO is the most accessible record of prisoners, but it should be used with caution. Although its has the note “All lists corrected generally up to 30 March 1945”, it mostly describes the situation in the autumn of 1944.
Discrepancies were caused by delays and confusion in records from Germany reaching the UK. In some cases records did not keep up to date with transfers between camps. Transfers were not uncommon and most of the POWs from 1940 experienced four or five camps before the end of the War.
For Oflag IX A/H my lists have to use the HMSO publication and what individual records survive, but for IX A/Z there is a nominal roll dated January 1945 and which forms part of the papers of the Senior British Officer, Lt-Col Kennedy, which are in the Imperial War Museum.
The Facebook group Oflag IX A/H and A/Z has regularly updated photographs and comments.
Sixty-nine years ago the men at Oflag IX A/H and Oflag IX A/Z faced Christmas and the New Year with mixed hopes of liberation and also of fear of final German reckoning. For many of the men it was their fifth Christmas in captivity.
This was to be John McIndoe’s last Christmas card for Oflag IX A/Z.
‘The March East 1945’ is still available from The History Press <http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/index.php/the-march-east-1945-the-final-days-of-oflag.html> or Amazon.
A gazetteer of sites to visit in Germany identifying those with buildings that remain from March and April 1945. The Gazetteer assumes that you have my book ‘The March East 1945: the final days of Oflag IX A/H and A/Z’ and can therefore trace the route the men walked.
Oflag IX Gazetteer
Work on the Arnhem POWs project is well underway at http://arnhempow.wordpress.com
I’ll be signing copies of ‘The March East 1945’ at the Pen and Paper bookshop, 113 Victoria Road, Swindon from 19:00 hrs.
The book is now available from History Press price 13.49.