Deliverance at Diepholz: A WWII Prisoner of War's Story

Deliverance at Diepholz: A WWII Prisoner of War's Story

by Jack Dower


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In February 1944 an American infantry company lost its way behind enemy lines near Anzio, Italy, and Jack Dower and his comrades would spend the remainder of the war in captivity. With candor and humor, Dower describes his nearly fifteen months as an unwilling guest of the Third Reich. • Rare memoir of life as a World War II prisoner of war • Colorful account of Dower's experiences, including forced labor and grueling marches, encounters with concentration camp prisoners, and a few unexpected instances of decency from German guards

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811717533
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Series: Stackpole Military History Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

The late Jack Dower, a native of Connecticut, served with the 45th Infantry Division in World War II.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Foreword xi

Part 1 Captured 1

Chapter 1 Anzio 2

Chapter 2 Transit Camps 13

Chapter 3 Through the Brenner Pass by Boxcar 27

Chapter 4 Stalag VII A, Moosburg 31

Chapter 5 Stalag II B, Hammerstein 45

Part 2 Forced Labor 55

Chapter 6 Initial Impressions of Benzin 56

Chapter 7 Work Details 66

Chapter 8 The Affair of the Hen 74

Chapter 9 A Visit to Stolp 83

Chapter 10 The Woods Crew 90

Chapter 11 The Arrival of Uncle Ben 98

Chapter 12 Barn Raising 107

Chapter 13 High Interest in American Politics 116

Chapter 14 Potatoes. Potatoes 120

Chapter 15 48 Kilos (106 Pounds) 127

Chapter 16 Christmas 134

Chapter 17 Farewell, Benzin 140

Part 3 The Trek Westward 151

Chapter 18 On the March 152

Chapter 19 Bonanza at Treptow 159

Chapter 20 Dumped in the Meat Wagon 166

Chapter 21 Stalag III B, Neubrandenburg 176

Chapter 22 Stolag X B, Sandbostel 184

Chapter 23 Marlag und Milag Nord 190

Chapter 24 Deliverance 198

Chapter 25 Further Travels of a RAMP 201

Chapter 26 The House Where I Was Born 209

Epilogue 215

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