1 Reply Latest reply on May 16, 2019 11:19 AM by Rebecca Collier

    German and Italian POWs info on capture, transport


      Are there any records of American-held German and Italian POWs that show location/date of their capture, transport (ship info/roster) etc.? Thank you.

        • Re: German and Italian POWs info on capture, transport
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Cowen,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389). Enemy POW files among 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. Because the files are arranged by type of report or file and thereunder by the name of the camp, identification of the specific POW camp is necessary before a search can be conducted. There is no listing by state and the records include minimal information about individual POWs.


          The information you seek may be included in their POW personnel records. The personnel records of World War II German prisoners of war were returned to Germany.  For access to these records, please write to the Deutsche Dienstelle (WASt), Postfach 51 06 57, D-13400 Berlin, Germany. The web site is https://www.dd-wast.de/.


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


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


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