Norwegian Officers in German Captivity 1940-1945 and their Prisoner Mail by Erik Lørdahl. 6 ¾ inches by 9 ½ inches, soft covers, perfect bound, 40 pages, in English, War and Philabooks Ltd., Tårnåsen, Norway, 2004. ISBN 82-995588-6-7, $16 plus $10 shipping to USA from the publisher, Gydas v. 52, 1413 Tårnåsen, Norway.

 

            Key Norwegian officers are discussed, the circumstances of their capture, and the camps they were relocated to. These include Schokken, Grune bei Lissa, and Schildberg, and eventually Luckenwalde near Berlin. Following liberation, the officers were returned via the Russian zone, American zone, and then by ship from Denmark to Oslo.

            The text is nicely illustrated with photos, drawings, and mail such as Red Cross forms and other stationery. The prisoner mail is described with details on camp origin, number of prisoners, number of letters, rarity values, and camp location dates. A major table lists the censor markings found on mail to and from POW officers, and illustrates each marking. A brief list of literature sources is presented.

 

Alan Warren