Introduction

Prisoner of War
Last updated: 20 September 2019
Web Page by Ian Brown; created 6 May 2001
E-mail: ian.brown47@btinternet.com
URL: http://www.stalag18a.org

The purpose of this web-site is to collect together information about Stalag XVIIIA, a POW camp  located at Wolfsberg, Austria from 1941 until 1945. By information, I mean anything which relates to the camp itself, the Work Camps (Arbeitskommandos) attached to it, and especially the men who were held there. If you browse through a few pages, you can see the sort of information that people have added so far. If you are an 'ex-Kriegie', or you know one and you have a story to tell, then please E-mail me.

A major part of this site is the Roll Call to which I am attempting to add the name of every POW who passed through Stalag 18A.

In addition to Stalag 18A, I'm interested in learning more about Stalags 18B, 18C and 18D.

My own interest in Stalag 18A stems from my late father, Sgt George Brown of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, who was a POW there.

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On-going news and more information can be found on our Facebook page.

 

 

The Brotherhood of Veterans of The Greek Campaign 1940-1941: 2019 Service

100 year-old veteran Frank Gill with Ann Holmes, daughter of ex-POW Bernard Cashmore.

This is an organisation created to commemorate those men who fought in Greece and Crete in 1941. Every year they hold a memorial service in Kalamata, the small Greek port where so many men were left behind to face 4 years as POWs. 2016 was the 75th Anniversary of the campaign. You can find details on their website http://ww2greekveterans.com/

Every year in September, the Brotherhood hold a Memorial Service at the Greek Grove in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, UK. The following photos are from this year's service, organised by Janet Parkin, daughter of Greek Veteran, Edwin Horlington.  The following is an extract from the latest newsletter of the Brotherhood.

Father John (Nankivell) from the Greek Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Walsall conducted the service – which, as usual, went very well. Four others from his congregation attended and assisted, including Father John’s wife, Georgina and Father John’s assistant, Marina. As usual their singing was beautiful and really added to the occasion.

We were delighted to welcome Captain Athanasios Dimitriou, the Greek Defence Attaché, and to welcome back representatives from Australia and New Zealand who had attended in 2018 - Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Evans, Department of Defence, Australian High Commission and Major Chris Shaw, New Zealand Defence Staff. All these special guests laid wreaths.

 

Wolfsberg Reunion, 2017



Following the success of the Wolfsberg Weekend in 2013 and the Canberra event in 2015, I decided to organise another Reunion in Wolfsberg. It took two years of work but, with the help of a marvellous team, it was a great success. The event ran from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July.
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Canberra 2019: Stalag 18A Reunion

Almost 100 relatives of POWs from Stalag 18A gathered at the Hotel Mercure in Canberra at the beginning of March. The three day event was organised by Carole Mules & Iulia Wishart. Well done, ladies. You did an excellent job.

More details and pictures here.

 

 Stalag 18A Exhibit

Christine Ragger from Wolfsberg Museum has sent me some photos of the permanent Stalag 18A exhibit which was created in 2016 from the material used in the Lagerstadt Exhibition in 2013. I've attached some of the photos below. The touch screen just visible on the back wall of the first photo was paid for by contributions from the Wolfsberg Weekend visitors.

 

Stalag 18A Reunion: Canberra, February 2015



The Stalag 18A get-together appears to have been a great success. Sixty-six people attended; some who had also been to Wolfsberg in 2013 but also some new friends with a story to tell. I managed to have two Skype sessions with some of the people there; cold and frosty mornings in the UK, talking to people drinking beer on a warm Australian evening. Wish I could have been there! Many congratulations are due to Iulia and Carole for putting it all together. Well done, ladies. Kudos to you.



Stalag 18A Exhibition June 2013

The Welcome Weekend for the friends and family of ex-POWs took place in Wolfsberg from 26th to 28th July 2013. About 115 people attended from the UK, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, France and the Netherlands. The hospitality we received was outstanding, far beyond our expectations. More..

 

 

Work Camps

A large part of this website consists of information and photographs about the 300 or so Arbeitskommandos (Work Camps) connected to Stalag 18A. The 'Work Parties' button on the left-hand menu will lead you to a list of the known camps. This is not a complete list and new information will be added from time to time.

A couple of new photos for 320/L at Heiligenkreuz.

 A new page for a new camp, 107/L at Unterlassnitz and Labuch.

A lot of new photos from 95/GW at St Marein. Some new faces from 1046/GW at Marburg, the location of the mass Churches escape.

A lot of new names added to Groppenstein, 11041/GW.

A new page for 299/GW at Oberdorf.

POW Photographs

Dr Margit Berner from the Natural History Museum in Vienna has access to almost 5000 photographs of POWs taken at Stalag 18A when they arrived in July 1941. The photographs have no names attached, just the POW number. If you are searching for a photo of a relative, then you need the POW number. If your POW number is below 5000, then you have about a 1 in 2 chance that the photo you seek is in this set. With that in mind, you should contact Dr Berner (margit.berner@nhm-wien.ac.at).

          Alfred Harvey                             Albert Brown

If you are successful in obtaining a photo, and even if the photo that you receive is not of the POW you seek, I'd appreciate a copy to add to this page.

 

Map of Stalag 18A

Deidre Mussen has certainly been busy since she got back to NZ. Have a look at the latest addition to the story of the mysterious Charlie Fairman.

I've adapted Charlie Fairman's map to include some photos of Stalag 18A, to give some idea of the layout of the camp. You can find it from the Camp Layout page.

John Rossiter

John Rossiter survived the retreat from France in 1940, only to be captured in Greece in 1941. During that time, he kept a very detailed journal, including his time in Work Camp 107/L. Thanks to his son, Ingo, for the contribution.

Jack Hurton

Phil Evans has sent in Jack Hurton's detailed account of his time in Work Camps 76/HV and 576/L.

Bert and Marianne

The sad story of how war brings people together and tears them apart.

Edward Levings

Captain Levings, from New Zealand, was a Medical Officer with the Australian Army. He was captured in North Africa and served as a M.O. for POWs in Libya, then Italy, Germany and finally in Stalag 18A/Z. He kept a diary throughout this time. His daughter, Susan Brookes,  has transcribed it. This section covers his time at 18A/Z.





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Help!

There are still many gaps in the story. If you recognize any of the faces in the following photographs, or you can add more information about Greece and Stalag 18A, then please E-mail me.
 

Disclaimer

As far as possible, I have tried to establish the ownership of the photographs shown in this site, and seek permission for their use. Any breach of copyright is not intentional.
The description of events is often based on memories over 50 years old. It is as accurate as it can be in the circumstances. If you see anything that is incorrect, then please E-mail me.
 
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