Hello. Firstly, if you think this is in the wrong section of this forum, please suggest where this thread would be more usefully positioned! My grandad (1923-2002), from Leeds, served as a Private in the Yorks/Lancs regiment during the Second World War. He was a PoW in Italy and Germany after being captured in Tunisia in 1943. I'm currently seeking as much information as I can get about his time in the war, and I have listed what I know so far below. If you think your dad/grandad/great grandad could have spent time with my grandad then please PM me for more info (ie his name, number etc) as this would obviously be fantastic to hear. (I've posted the below on a War memories site hoping to hear from others who had similar experiences, but thought this would be a good place to try too, with so many people being from the area. ) Anyway, the following are the basics of what my family and I have pieced together from the few bits of information he gave us before he died in 2002: ------------------------------------ He was captured by the Germans and taken to camp PG66 in Italy, which was in Capua, near Naples. He also stayed at camp PG53 (Campo Concentremento 53), which was in Sforzacosta, and then camp PG78. After the Italians surrendered, he was squashed into an open rail truck and taken to Stalag 357 in Germany (Oerbke, I think). He spent most of his time (we think!) at Stalag 4DZ near Annaburg. (We got this number from a photograph, but we're not sure what it means: 226387 D602. Perhaps a PoW number?) I think it was here where he was forced to work on repairing a damaged railway line near an ammunition factory (which was regularly bombed by the RAF). He was certain they were sent to work there to reduce numbers, and many men died working there. He, along with two other prisoners (Trooper Walter Rowley and Lance Corporal James "Busty" Speight, from Hunslet), fled Stalag 4DZ on April 14, 1945. The day before they fled, they were told by a British R.A.M.C major that the whole camp was to be marched east the following day. The march began and suddenly the air raid sirens sounded. As allied planes swooped to strafe a nearby airfield, the three of them made a run for it, taking with them two of the German sentries (they told them they would make it alright for them with the Americans, who were rumoured to be getting closer). In the village of Nienburg, they told the local Burgomaster that they had been sent to make their way back to camp. A German girl who had been a worker in the camp kitchen helped my grandad and the other PoW's by tipping them off about the Burgomaster being suspicious. He had sent for the SS, who were to arrive the next morning. The German girl also told them the way to the American lines, so they pulled out quickly and eventually found an American patrol near Halle (Saale). The Americans took some convincing that they were British POW's, but they eventually realised they were genuine and couldn't make them more welcome. They later learned that the guards who stayed behind were shot by the SS for assisting them to escape. My grandad returned home to Leeds on a Tuesday in May 1945. There are an awful lot of gaps that I'd love to fill in, and he probably stayed at a few more POW camps. I'm unsure where he was when at the end of the war but think it's most likely to be Stalag 4DZ in Annaburg. I have no idea how much time he spent at any one camp. If anyone has information about ANYTHING I have mentioned above, I'd appreciate hearing from you.