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Trav

Orb POW camp... any info?

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Trav

My Grandfather, as a POW, was transferred to Orb from Limburg, May 1915.

 

I have found plenty of information concerning Limburg and Giessen (his other camp), but there doesn't seem to be much available about Orb... at least in WWI, there's plenty about it in WWII when it's known as Stalag XI-B.

 

I have information concerning it's establishment and how it, and the troop training area nearby, came into existence, but next to nothing about the POW's held there in WWI, other than a sentence stating it held Russians.

 

A forum search produced two results, not much there either. I thought I'd look into the service records of the men transferred with my Grandfather but haven't found any surviving papers for those men.

 

Any info appreciated, it's for a personal project I hope to pass on to family members.

 

Thanks in advance....

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Trav

As I thought, not much around is there?!

 

I wonder why?

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Coldstreamer

you might need to wait more than a week for a reply, sometimes replies take years !

 

as ever it helps to say who your relative and who he served with - its gets peoples interest  - Im more inclined to look into a post if someone was a Coldstreamer for example

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AOK4
Trav

Coldstreamer,

 

I was just indicating how little readily available info there seems to be :) and searches of this forum do cover a number of years, Orb seems not to have come up much in them. I'll keep digging.

 

I take your point concerning relatives, but it's not really a relative or unit specific inquiry, so I wouldn't want to mislead anyone.

 

I have found a couple of French books that may provide some more information, I think they're my next line of inquiry.

 

 

 

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Trav
7 minutes ago, AOK4 said:

Thanks, I have those sources too. I've written about a page of info, concerning the camp's establishment and have sourced several postcards and photos of the villages and troop training area there, there just seems to be a minimum of info online in English, no POW photos, or Red Cross records. Perhaps there are many camps like that?

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Maureene
Trav

Thanks. I've taken from that book what I can and included relevant details within that which I've written. Maybe my question now should be if there are other camps about which not much is known?

 

I have a lot of information concerning Limburg and Giessen, maybe Orb was just smaller, contained fewer POW's, and wasn't inspected at all? My focus is 1915-1918, I believe Russian prisoners were brought here from January 1915, and some Irish transferees from Limburg at the end of April 1915, maybe May 1915 too, but little else seems to have been written (available online).

 

The following links are from where I've drawn most of the information... the three book references after I've yet to look into.

 

https://www.main-echo.de/regional/kreis-main-spessart/art4016,1617672

https://www.wikizero.com/en/Stalag_IX-B

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalag_IX-B

http://www.schullandheim-wegscheide.de/

http://histoiresdepoilus.genealexis.fr/camps/camp-bad-orb.php

https://books.google.at/books?id=hDMdAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=truppenubungsplatz+orb&source=bl&ots=m0ux0zidv3&sig=ACfU3U2pIV-fTZZsJ9Z1aNi7rPbCNsoMQQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi6ibPX153gAhVLjoMKHTquB18Q6AEwDHoECAsQAQ#v=onepage&q=truppenubungsplatz orb&f=false

 

Prisonniers 1914-1918 (Jean-Paul Briastre, 2013)

Les prisonniers de guerre dans l'histoire: Contacts entre peuples et cultures (Sylvie Caucanas, 2003)

Aus deutschen Kriegsgefangenenlagern (Rütten & Loening, 1915-1916)

 

 

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