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#1 sirjahn

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 16:52

I am still researching the Allied POW hospital in Rennes (see German Signatures forum) and noticed in the Individual Death Personnel File (IDPF) for several POWs that a stamp was used on the Death Certificate.  Unfortunately the stamping was not particularly clear in most cases.  So can anyone give me a hint as to what is written around the edge of the stamp?  These are the clearest shots I have so far.  Any help that could point to a German Organization that ran the hospital would be great.

 

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 17:33

Could it be that the the text at 12 o'clock reads: Frontstalag 111 or 121 or 171?



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 18:14

Could it be that the the text at 12 o'clock reads: Frontstalag 111 or 121 or 171?

I think you nailed it.... most of them were in france in 1940-41.... the letters on the bottom would be a French place name i think



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 18:15

I think if rennes then Frontstalag 221...

 

http://www.lexikon-d...Frontstalag.htm



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 19:08

Well the sources I have were that the hospital was called Frontstalag 221 W but I don't read that in the stamp.  Nor do I read Rennes in the lower arc of the stamp.  I agree the number looks like 121 which would have been in Épinal but it closed in late 1941 and this is 1944.

 

Does anyone have any stamp examples from a Frontstalag to compare?



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 13:04

I think that French collectors/military and/or local historians may shed more light on this very specific matter.

Perhaps our French forum members may be of help here (if only to place sirjahn on the right track) instead of guessing around.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 13:09

Frontstalag 121

 

http://ramblingweela...of-english.html

 

"Later she was transferred to Frontstalag 121, in Vittal, where hotels from the Spa town had been adapted for the prisoners before she was released at aged 60, considered to old to be any trouble. During this period Aunt Fan kept a diary and drew many pictures of her surroundings, some of which have been included in the book"

 

http://www.ajpn.org/...g-121-1005.html

 

"Article non renseigné. Si vous avez connaissance de personnes internées dans ce camp, cliquez ci-dessus sur “Compléter” et ajoutez leur nom, prénom, les circonstances de l'internement et la date de l'internement, si possible"

 

http://www.pegasusar...Frontstalag.htm

 

http://histclo.com/e.../kz/kz-icm.html

 

"Vittel (France)

The Germans set up an internment camp at a spa resort near Epinal at Vittel, France. It was located in the Vogues mountains of northern France. This was a rather privlidged camp. Vittel was one of several Internierunslager (Ilaq) administerdc by the German Army rather than the SS. They were for Allied civilians (British and Dominion subjects) who had the misfortune to find themselves in areas occupied by the Germans. After Hitler declared war on the United States, a few Americans were also held there. Vittel (Frontstalag 121) was a few requisitioned hotels in this spa town. Most of the British families and single women were transferred from Saint-Denis and Besançon. The Gernmans decided to release women over 60 years, men over 75 years, and children under 16 years (earl-1942). They wre allowed to live in occupied France where they found that comditions were worse then in the camp. This reduced the camp population to about 2,400 people. Most survived the War. There were also German Jews, including many children. We are not sure why the Jews were held here, but was probably because they had managed to obtain visas from various South American countries. Irish and Vatican diplomats attempted to obtain their release, but without success. The Jews were deported and killed"

 

 

http://stalag325.blo...ont-stalag.html

 

Showing a Stalag 121 dog tag. - FRONT-STALAG 121 - EPINAL - Prisonnier n°831

 

a+Front+Stalag+121.JPG



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 17:57

Okay if the stamp indeed is for Front Stalag 121 why was it being used at Front Stalag 221 W?  Front Stalag 133 was the camp used for the French Colonial POWs and subsequently the Allied POWs post-D-Day.  I would have thought that a stamp from there might be used but Epinal is quite a distance from Rennes.

 

Does anyone have a clear shot of a stamp from a Front Stalag that can be compared to the blurry ones I have?



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:26

Frontstalag 121

 

http://ramblingweela...of-english.html

 

"Later she was transferred to Frontstalag 121, in Vittal, where hotels from the Spa town had been adapted for the prisoners before she was released at aged 60, considered to old to be any trouble. During this period Aunt Fan kept a diary and drew many pictures of her surroundings, some of which have been included in the book"

 

http://www.ajpn.org/...g-121-1005.html

 

"Article non renseigné. Si vous avez connaissance de personnes internées dans ce camp, cliquez ci-dessus sur “Compléter” et ajoutez leur nom, prénom, les circonstances de l'internement et la date de l'internement, si possible"

 

http://www.pegasusar...Frontstalag.htm

 

http://histclo.com/e.../kz/kz-icm.html

 

"Vittel (France)

The Germans set up an internment camp at a spa resort near Epinal at Vittel, France. It was located in the Vogues mountains of northern France. This was a rather privlidged camp. Vittel was one of several Internierunslager (Ilaq) administerdc by the German Army rather than the SS. They were for Allied civilians (British and Dominion subjects) who had the misfortune to find themselves in areas occupied by the Germans. After Hitler declared war on the United States, a few Americans were also held there. Vittel (Frontstalag 121) was a few requisitioned hotels in this spa town. Most of the British families and single women were transferred from Saint-Denis and Besançon. The Gernmans decided to release women over 60 years, men over 75 years, and children under 16 years (earl-1942). They wre allowed to live in occupied France where they found that comditions were worse then in the camp. This reduced the camp population to about 2,400 people. Most survived the War. There were also German Jews, including many children. We are not sure why the Jews were held here, but was probably because they had managed to obtain visas from various South American countries. Irish and Vatican diplomats attempted to obtain their release, but without success. The Jews were deported and killed"

 

 

http://stalag325.blo...ont-stalag.html

 

Showing a Stalag 121 dog tag. - FRONT-STALAG 121 - EPINAL - Prisonnier n°831

 

a+Front+Stalag+121.JPG

 

Nice bit of work Eric, thanks for the trouble!



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:57

So should I post this in the French Section for their help?



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Posted 14 November 2013 - 18:43

Okay I have gotten my hands on a POW Card for a medical orderly at Rennes and it has two stamps that could be the same stamp used twice.  At close examination it appears that the upper arc does say Frontstalag 221 although the 2's look pretty crudely done.  The lower arc is unreadable on one stamp but the other stamp looks like Rugend to me not Rennes or Bordeaux where 221 was located.  Anyone have another guess?

 

GeoffreyGinnRennesPOWCardFront_zpscf2216



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 21:42

I don't see your concern....

When the pass is made out by a medical officer in the hospital of Stalag 221 in Rennes, than why should the rubber stamp read anything but Rennes?



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 20:16

I have several unclear shots of the stamp and was just trying to figure out if it did say Rennes.  On another forum it was suggested and I think it more probable that the word at the bottom is Aussenstelle using an abbrevated form for the double 's' and the 'st'.  Frontstalag 221 was based in Bordeaux and has a branch in Rennes for the hospital hence Aussenstelle and not the town of Rennes.







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