LITHERLAND AT WAR
1939-1945

The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
5124912 Pte NORMAN DICKINSON
POW held at Stalag VIII-B Cieszyn, Poland
Norman was part of the infamous death march in 1945
In January 1945, as the Soviet armies resumed their offensive and advanced into Germany, many of the prisoners were marched westward in groups of 200 to 300 in the so-called Death March. Some died from the bitter cold and exhaustion. The lucky ones got far enough to the west to be liberated by the American army. The unlucky ones got liberated by the Soviets, who instead of turning them over quickly to the western allies, held them as virtual hostages for several more months. Many of them were finally repatriated towards the end of 1945 through the port of Odessa on the Black Sea.
Photograph of Norman (left) as a Prisoner of War

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