POW records

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.


Oflag IX A/H and A/Z Facebook Group

The Facebook group Oflag IX A/H and A/Z has regularly updated photographs and comments.

‘The March East 1945’

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&gt; or Amazon.

Places associated with the march east of Oflag IX A/H and Oflag IX A/Z

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 Gazeteer3











Oflag IX  Gazetteer

Arnhem POWs

Work on the Arnhem POWs project is well underway at http://arnhempow.wordpress.com

Book signing Wednesday 25 July, Swindon

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 March East 1945’, History Press

The book is now available  from History Press price 13.49.