1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 27, 2021 1:48 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records of POW Camp in Windsor, NC

    Anne Lunsford Newbie

      Does anyone have any information or stories about a Prisoner of War Camp during WWII in Windsor, NC? We've found written documentation of 500 Italian soldiers being here. Local stories are of Germans as well, but we are searching for written data on this plus any stories we can find.

        • Re: Seeking records of POW Camp in Windsor, NC
          Rachael Salyer Tracker

          Dear Ms. Lunsford,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) include enemy POW camp files and these records consist mostly of camp inspection reports, camp labor reports, camp historical files, detention rosters, POW grave location reports, and Italian service unit reports. The records include minimal information about individual POWs. Not all of these reports or files were produced by each camp.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 46 file units related to North Carolina in Record Group 389, but none that relate specifically to Windsor, NC. We also identified the series Records Relating to Italian Prisoners of War During World War II, 1942-1947 and the series Records Relating to Enemy Prisoners of War During World War II, 1942-1947 in Record Group 389 that may be of interest to you. These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about these and similar records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          In addition, we located some information about  World War II Prisoners of War Held in North Carolina in the State Library of North Carolina’s NCPedia. You may wish to contact the State Library of North Carolina to see if they can offer you further assistance. The State Archives of North Carolina and the Historical Society of North Carolina might be able to provide you with more information as well.


          Finally, the personnel records of World War II German prisoners of war were returned to Germany.  For access to these records, please write to the Bundesarchiv - Abteilung PA, Eichborndamm 179, 13403 Berlin, Germany. The email address is poststelle-pa@bundesarchiv.de.


          Personnel records of Italian prisoners of war have been returned to Italy. For further information please write to the Ministero della Difesa-Esercito, Direzione Generale dei Servize di Commissariato e Amministrativi, Via XX Settembre No. 11, Rome, Italy or contact them via their website at https://www.difesa.it/Pagine/default.aspx.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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