Official printed 'Kriegsgefangenpost' Postkarte
WWII PoW from M-Stammlager Luft 3
A post card written in graphite pencil from F/O Wm. Pryde [His PoW (#2923) not then having been allotted]. Addressed to 164 Cumberland St. Toronto. Postmark frank stamp 2/11/43 Post mark batch Geprüft 29 Examiners brand DB/454 and red air mail brand stamps. "mit Luftpost Nach Nord Amerika" from Flying Officer Lt. William Pryde PoW#2923 dated October 23 1943.
This would appear to be the first correspondence sent and received by his sister Lois after Pryde had been shot down. “Don’t be too surprised at my present address. I turn up at the strangest places and surprise even me. Jerry determined we were going to stay here this last time we came over and he got his way – this time. Life here is pleasant enough. My deficient literary knowledge is being corrected a bit Contact the Red Cross for particulars on writing.”Pryde would have been housed in the North Compound and attended literary improvement classes, amongst others, to relieve the boredom, meanwhile the digging of three tunnels was continuing in secret.
NOTES: Stalag Luft III (Stammlager Luft, or POW Camp for Airmen #3 ) was the Nazi Prisoner of War camp in German Military District VIII run by the Luftwaffe, located on 48 ha area of land South of Sagan (Zagan), Poland, along the road to Halbau (Ilowa). 100 miles southeast of Berlin,
In 1941, at the direction of Hermann Goering, an even bigger camp for Allied Officer airmen was built adjacent to Stalag VIII C in Eastern direction. This was Stalag Luft 3. The camp had six compounds, one of which was for German military. The East Compound (British) was first occupied March 21, 1942. The Centre Compound on April 11, 1942. First with British sergeants and later in 1942 with Americans. The North Compound (British) was opened on March 29, 1943. The South Compound (Americans) in September 1943 and finally the West Compound (Americans) in July 1944.
Stalag Luft 3 has become world famous because of the "Great Escape" in the night from March 24-25, 1944. It involved the construction of a 336 ft (102 m) long tunnel ("Harry") - the longest ever built in Germany during World War Two. Seventy-six officers escaped. All but three were re-captured and of these, upon the order of Hitler, fifty were turned over to the Gestapo and were executed by shooting.