French prisoners of war released in Hildesheim in April 1945

Hi everybody,

Some fifteen years ago, at my request, the ICRC sent me documents concerning my grandfather's time as a prisoner of war in Austria then Germany from 1940 to 1945.

I recently got my hands on these papers again, and finally decided to contact a service of the American Military Archives.

In fact, my grandfather was liberated by the 9th US Army in Hildesheim (near Hanover) around April 29, 1945. The list drawn up by the American unit specifies that he belonged to "Stalag 17A", but he had joined BAB 17 (Bau und Arbeiter Bataillon), which belonged to Stalag VI J (Krefeld then Dortmund).

Could you tell me if there's any documentation about the 9th US Army's mission to liberate French prisoners at Hildesheim?  I have found a history on the Web (https://www.7tharmddiv.org/docrep/images/7AD/9th%20Armd%20Grp%20(CCR%20HQ)/9th%20Armd%20Group-Unit%20History.pdf) but it is silent on the subject that interests me.

Thank you very much for your interest in my message and for any help you can give me.

Best Regards

Stéphane Cursan

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    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has custody of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407). Military unit files among these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders. We do not have a name index to these records. 
     
    Within Record Group 407 Entry NM-3 427 -  World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 we located records for the 9th Armored Group which matches the linked document in your inquiry. Unfortunately records for the 9th Armored Group do not appear to include information on the liberation of French prisoners at Hildesheim. Records for the 9th Armored Group are located in box 13650. Ninth Army records are also located in this series. Ninth Army records are located in boxes 2407-2437. Since these files are widely dispersed, we cannot undertake the extensive research necessary to examine the records and identify the pertinent documents. We are pleased to assist researchers with their work but cannot perform substantive research for them.  
     
    We will be happy to make the records and their finding aids available to you or your representative in the Textual Research Room (Room 2000) here at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. For information about visiting, including how to schedule a visit, please see our website at https://www.archives.gov/college-park. 
     
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  • Hello

    Thank you very much for your detailed answer. I'm going to try to find someone who can help me do the research for me.

    Have a nice day.

    Best Regards

    Stéphane Cursan