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German Pows In Japan

 
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Posted 12/27/2011   8:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add PostmasterGS to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here's one more from my post-holiday mailbox stash.

Prior to WWI, Germany had a colony in Kiauchau (Kiautschou), China. At the outbreak of war, the Japanese captured the colony, and shipped the German POWs back to prison camps in Japan.

These are two postcards sent from Coln, Germany, to a prisoner in the Nagoya POW camp. They have some really nice censor cancels, and I'm working on trying to translate.





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Posted 12/27/2011   8:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add panda.bear to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting. Any information on the fate of the POWs? Were they repatriated at the end of the war? Did this action have any effect on the German/Japanese alliance in WW2?
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Posted 12/27/2011   8:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add peterethio to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting that Cologne is spelt COLN on the cancellation but Koln on the card.
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