Friday, January 23, 2009

Typical Route of a WWII Stalag Luft III-bound Airman When Captured

This map illustrates the route taken by Ed Bender when captured by the NAZIs just outside La Goulafriere, France (off map to the west). From the interrogation center at Dulag Luft (Oberursel, just north of Frankfort-am-Main, Germany), it is typical of the route that a captured Allied officer serving in the air corps would take if sent to Stalag Luft III in what was then Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland). Following the forced march in the bitter cold of Jan/Feb, 1945, Capt. Bender was loaded onto a boxcar and sent to Stalag XIII-D in Nuremberg, Germany. Others were transported to Stalag VII-A in Moosburg. Later that year Bender and many others marched to the grossly-overcrowded Stalag VII-A and were liberated on April 29, 1945 by Gen. George Patton's army.

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