Prisoners of War

Page 10 – The camps

A list of Prisoner of War Camps where New Zealand POWs were held during the Second World War.

North Africa

  • Barce
  • Bardia
  • Benghazi
  • Derna
  • Garian
  • Tobruk

Greece

  • Thessalonika (Salonika)
  • Akhaia
  • Patras

Crete

  • Dulag Krete (Galatas)

The camps in North Africa, Greece and Crete were transit camps where prisoners were held while awaiting transport to Italy or Germany.

Italy

  • PG 5 Gavi
  • PG 12 Vincigliata
  • PG 19 Bologna
  • PG 21 Chieti
  • PG 29 Viano
  • PG 35 Padula
  • PG 38 Poppi
  • PG 41 Montalbo
  • PG 47 Modena
  • PG 51 Altamura
  • PG 52 La Chiavari
  • PG 54 Fara nel Sabina
  • PG 57 Gruppignano (Udine)
  • PG 62 Bergamo
  • PG 65 Gravina
  • PG 66 Capua
  • PG 70 Monturano
  • PG 75 Bari
  • PG 78 Sulmona
  • PG 78/1 Aquafredda
  • PG 82 Laterina
  • PG 85 Tuturano
  • PG 102 Aquila
  • PG 103/6 Ampezzo
  • PG 103/7 La Maina
  • PG 106 Vercelli
  • PG 106/19
  • PG 106/20 Arro (Salussola)
  • PG 107 Torviscosa
  • PG 107/2 Prati
  • PG 107/4 San Dona di Piave
  • PG 107/5 Torre do Confine
  • PG 107/6
  • PG 107/7 La Salute di Livenza
  • PG 115 Marciano
  • PG 120 Padua
  • PG 120/4
  • PG 120/5 Abano
  • PG 120/8 Fogolana
  • PG 129 Marcerata
  • PG 145 Campotosto (Poggio Cancelli)
  • PG 148 Bussolengo

Note: Camps numbered with a backslash e.g. 103/6, were working camps attached to main camps.

Germany

Interrogation Camps

  • VII Laufen
  • VIII Tost
  • VIIIH Giromagny
  • VIIIZ Kreuzberg
  • XIII Wülsberg (later XIIIA Zweiglager)
  • Biberach
  • Liebenau
  • Wurzach

Oflags (Officer Camps)

  • IVC Colditz
  • VA Weinsberg
  • VB Biberach
  • VIB Warburg
  • VIIB Eichstaett
  • VIIIF Märisch-Trubau
  • IXA/H Spangenburg (formerly IXA)
  • IXA/Z Rotenburg
  • XC Lubeck
  • XIIB Hadamer
  • XXIB Schubin
  • Querum

Stalag (Other Ranks Camps)

  • IIIA Luckenwalde
  • IIIE Kirchain
  • IVA
  • IVB Mühlberg
  • IVC
  • IVD
  • IVD/Z Annaburg
  • VB Offenberg
  • VIIA Moosberg
  • VIIIA Görlitz
  • VIIIB Teschen
  • VIIIC Sagan (Zagan)
  • IXB
  • IXC Badsulza
  • XB Sandbostel
  • XIA Altengrabow
  • XIB Fallingbostel
  • XIIID Nuremberg
  • XVIIA
  • XVIIIA Wolfsberg
  • XVIIIA/Z (formerly XVIIIB) Spittal-on-the-Drau
  • XVIIIB Wagna
  • XVIIIC Markt Pongau
  • XVIIID Marburg
  • XXA Thorn
  • XXB Marienburg
  • 337 Mantua (later Dulag 339)
  • 344 Lamsdorf (formerly VIIIB)
  • 355
  • 357 Fallingbostel (formerly at Thorn)
  • 383 Hohenfels (formerly Oflag IIIC)

Stalag Luft (Air Force Camp)

  • I Barth
  • III Sagan
  • IV Gross Tychow (Kiefheide)
  • VI Heydekrug
  • VII Bankau

Dulag Luft (Air Force Interrogation Camp)

  • Oberursel (later at Frankfurt-on-Main and Wetzlar-Klostenwald

Arbeitskommandos

These were working camps, usually linked to a main Stalag. There were hundreds of these. Some may have only involved small groups of prisoners working on farms, while others had hundreds of men working on such activities as railway construction and coal mining. The following are examples only:

  • E3 Blechammer (Germany)
  • E535 Milowitz (Poland)
  • Ratibor (sugar mill)
  • Krappitz (paper mill)

A number of New Zealanders were also held by the Japanese in camps in Japan (Hakodate, Osaka), Burma (Rangoon), Java (Batavia, Garoet, Tjilatjap), Singapore (Changi) and some also worked on the Burma–Thailand railway.

Some New Zealand soldiers or air force personnel were held prisoner in France (St. Hippolyte, Fort de la Rivere) as well.

This list does not claim to be definitive. W. Wynne Mason, Prisoners of War (1954), from the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945 series is a recommended reference text. A map of German POW campsites is available online at http://mutton.editthispage.com/discuss/msgReader$52.

How to cite this page

'The camps', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/second-world-war/prisoners-of-war/the-camps, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 5-May-2014