ISLAND FARM
PRISONER OF WAR
CAMP: 198 / Special Camp: XI
Bridgend, South Wales.

On the night of 10th-11th March 1945, Seventy German prisoners tunnelled to freedom from Camp 198 in Bridgend. It was the biggest escape attempt made by German P.O.W.s in Great Britain during the Second World War.

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Island Farm / Camp 198

            Island Farm (How Island Farm originated)

            Corporal William Odell Stricklin - (108th Field Artillery Battalion / 28th Infantry Division)
           

            Camp 198

            A Death At Island Farm

            Anti Escape Plans

            The Escape Tunnel

            How The Escape Was Nearly Foiled

            Diversion and Annoyance Tactics

           
The Big Escape

            The Big Escape

            Listen to The Actual BBC News Recording Reporting Escape (Read By Alvar Lidell)

            Newspaper Cuttings Reporting Escape

            Newspaper Cuttings (with Photo) Reporting the Recapture of POWs

            Murder Mystery In Porthcawl, Nr Bridgend.

            After The Escape (Page Also Includes A 1977 Recording of Escapee Lt Carl Brockmeyer)

           
Police Commendation (26th March 1945)


Special Camp XI

           About
Special Camp XI

Some Of The Prisoners Held

            Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt


           
Leutnant Hans Gerd von Rundstedt

            Generalfeldmarschall Ewald von Kleist


            Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein


            Generalfeldmarschall Walter von Brauchitsch


           
Generalmajor Walter Robert Dornberger

           
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei Hermann Behrends

            SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS und Polizei Werner Lorenz (Hermann Behrends' Boss)

           
Konteradmiral (Ing.) Hans Voss

           
General der Panzertruppe Hasso Von Manteuffel

            Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici

            General der Panzertruppe Fridolin von Senger und Etterlin

            General der Infanterie Günther Blumentritt

            General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Karl Alfons Willy Eberbach

            Generalleutnant Johann von Ravenstein

            Generalleutnant Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben

           
Vizeadmiral Friedrich Hüffmeier

            SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Karl-Maria Demelhuber

Additional POW Profiles 

   The above POWs were those identified when this web site was initially created.
   CLICK HERE TO SEE OVER 200 ADDITIONAL POWs HELD AT ISLAND FARM

   



Life On The Otherside of the Wire

            Sergeant William Ronald Williams of 3 Platoon  (a guard at Special Camp 11. Also see photo at bottom of page)

            Captain Edward (Ted) Lees (Camp Intelligence Officer and Interpreter)

The Unidentified

            Unidentified Prisoners & Possible Identifications

            Unidentified POW Signatures

Miscellaneous

            International Military Tribunal at Nürnberg (Nuremberg) (Includes photos of Lord Oaksey visits Bridgend)

            Life In Special Camp XI

            POWs Learn English

           
Works Of Art by German POWs

            A Birthday At Island Farm (A Birthday Card To Pfarrer Gruber)

            A German POW Marries A Local Girl

Aufwiedersehen - Repatriation

            An Official Repatriation List, Photos of the Repatriation and Newspaper Coverage

Closure Of Special Camp 11

            Closure of Island Farm Special Camp 11 (2nd Week May 1948)

Modern Day News / Photos

            Forty Three Years Later...(1988)

            Photos Of Island Farm Prior To The Camp Demolition in 1993 (Photos taken 1989 Approximately)

            POW Drawings from the Hut Walls

           
Fifty Five Years later - Remembering the escape (2000)

            Modern Day - A Waste Of Money ? (Councillor Jeff Jones thought preserving Hut 9 was a waste of money.)

            Fifty Six Years Later (2001) - What's To Become Of the Island Farm Land ?

            Colour Photos Of Hut 9 (Inside and Outside) & Island Farm As It Is Today (All That Remains Of Island Farm)

            In 2003, The Escape Tunnel Is Re-opened And Found To Be In Almost Perfect Condition

The Royal Ordnance Factories
    
            Photos Of "The Arsenal" & "The Admiralty"As It Was & Is Today Largest Employee Factories To Date In Britain!

            Aerial Photography Of Bridgend Taken by The Luftwaffe & RAF

Air-Raids On South Wales

            Unexploded Bomb (UXB) Classification

            Rare List Detailing Luftwaffe Air Raid Dates On South Wales and The Areas Around Bridgend

Other POW Camps In Great Britain

            Map Showing Location Of Pow Camps and List Of Camps

            Other Escape Attempts From Camps in Great Britain

Tips On How To Find Information

            Looking for information on other POW Camps in Great Britain ?

Island Farm Heritage Group

           IFHG - The Island Farm Heritage Group & the planned restoration of Hut 9
                        (Link shows the proposed picture of how Hut 9 could look when restored and opened as a museum
)

Website & Hut 9 Under Attack!

          Outspoken attacks on this website and Hut 9 in 2003

          Hut 9 Attacked By Vandals 28th/29th January 2004     


60th Anniversary of D-Day

          Photos from my trip to Normandy Beaches - June 2004


Tell Me What You Think Of This Site

            Who am I ? (Something about me, and the people who have helped me with this web site)
           
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Sgt William Ronald Williams (Penarth) guarding the fence of Island Farm in 1946.

Note: the red circled area highlights an attempt by POWs to saw through the corner fence post. Consequently, the guards added a secondary support post to strengthen the fence.

 

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Disclaimer

This web site is dedicated to the history and research of the Island Farm POW camp and the German POWs interned during the years 1944 -1948. Although, the web site profiles many POWs both during WWI and WWII, this web site is not about the politics of Nazism.

The extensive use of photographs within this web site is done so for historical purposes and should not be viewed as an attempt to glorify the tragic events of WWII.

This web site does not support in any way those who would condone or embrace individuals, groups and/or organisations that are intolerant, racist or violent.

This web site does not support or endorce those that use the theme of WWII history to further their own political agenda.

It is through education, study and research that one may come to their own conclusions about WWII and the German experience, those that do not attempt to do so are guilty of ignorance.

Only through honest, objective and impartial research can one ever hope to understand the plight of so many millions of people during the Second World War.

This web site is respectfully dedicated to all those who suffered and died during the most devastating war in human history, on all sides.

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