Main entrance of the Island Farm Special Camp 11 - 1948
Derelict Island Farm Camp (early 1980s)
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Island Farm - 1938 - How Island Farm originated.
Infantry Division - October 1943 - American 108th Field Artillery
Battalion / 28th Infantry Division
Corporal William Odell Stricklin
Camp 198 - 2nd November 1944 - Island Farm becomes a German PoW Camp
A Death At Island Farm
Anti Escape Plans
The Escape Tunnel
How The Escape Was Nearly Foiled
Diversion and Annoyance Tactics
The Big Escape
The Big Escape
to The Actual BBC News Recording Reporting Escape - Read By Alvar
The Escaped German Prisoners - Detailed list of the PoWs who made the escape
The Search for Escaped PoWs
- Detailed information about how the PoWs were recaptured
Newspaper Cuttings Reporting Escape
Newspaper Cuttings (with Photo) Reporting the Recapture of POWs
Murder Mystery In Porthcawl, Nr Bridgend.
After The Escape - Includes A 1977 Recording of Escapee Lt Carl Brockmeyer)
Police Commendation - 26th March 1945
Special Camp XI
About Special Camp XI
Some Of The Prisoners Held
Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt
Leutnant Hans Gerd von Rundstedt
Generalfeldmarschall Ewald von Kleist
Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein
Generalfeldmarschall Walter von Brauchitsch
Generalmajor Walter Robert Dornberger
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei Hermann Behrends
SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS und Polizei Werner Lorenz
Konteradmiral (Ing.) Hans Voss
General der Panzertruppe Hasso Von Manteuffel
Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici
General der Panzertruppe Fridolin von Senger und Etterlin
General der Infanterie Günther Blumentritt
General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Karl Alfons Willy Eberbach
Generalleutnant Johann von Ravenstein
Generalleutnant Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben
Vizeadmiral Friedrich Hüffmeier
SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Karl-Maria Demelhuber
Additional POW Profiles
The above POWs were those identified when this web site was initially created.
CLICK HERE TO SEE OVER 200 ADDITIONAL POWs HELD AT ISLAND FARM
Life On The Otherside of the Wire
Richards - The guard who arrested Feld Marschall
Gerd von Rundstedt
Sergeant William Ronald Williams of 3 Platoon - a guard at Special Camp 11. Also see photo at bottom of page
Bombardier L.R.Angell - 15th April 1946 - Discharge papers signed by Commandant Major D.B. Topham
Captain Edward (Ted) Lees - Camp Intelligence Officer and Interpreter
Prisoners & Possible Identifications
Unidentified POW Signatures
International Military Tribunal at Nürnberg (Nuremberg) - Includes photos of Lord Oaksey visits Bridgend
In Special Camp XI
POWs Learn English
Works Of Art by German POWs
A Birthday At Island Farm - A Birthday Card To Pfarrer Gruber
German PoW Orderlies to the High ranking German Officers
Helmut Guettler - German PoW marries a Welsh girl from Bridgend
Gunter Koball - Camp interpreter and chief clerk at the accounts office
Official Repatriation List, Photos of the Repatriation and Newspaper Coverage
Closure Of Special Camp 11
of Island Farm Special Camp 11 (2nd Week May 1948)
Day News / Photos
Three Years Later...(1988)
Of Island Farm Prior To The Camp Demolition in 1993 (Photos
taken 1989 Approximately)
POW Drawings from the Hut Walls
Fifty Five Years later - Remembering the escape (2000)
Modern Day - A Waste Of Money ? (Councillor Jeff Jones thought preserving Hut 9 was a waste of money.)
Six Years Later (2001) - What's To Become Of the Island Farm Land ?
Colour Photos Of Hut 9 (Inside and Outside) & Island Farm As It Is Today (All That Remains Of Island Farm)
In 2003, The Escape Tunnel Is Re-opened And Found To Be In Almost Perfect Condition
The Royal Ordnance Factories
Photos Of "The Arsenal" & "The Admiralty"As It Was & Is Today - Largest Employee Factories To Date In Britain!
Aerial Photography Of Bridgend Taken by The Luftwaffe & RAF
Air-Raids On South Wales
Bomb (UXB) Classification
Rare List Detailing Luftwaffe Air Raid Dates On South Wales and The Areas Around Bridgend
Other POW Camps In Great Britain
Map Showing Location
Of Pow Camps and List Of Camps
People's Recollections of PoW Camps
Other Escape Attempts From Camps in Great Britain
Tips On How To Find Information
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Website & Hut 9 Under Attack!
attacks on this website and Hut 9 in 2003
Wales This Week - Wales This Week televises a confrontation between myself and Jeff Jones
Hut 9 Attacked By Vandals 28th/29th January 2004
60th Anniversary of D-Day
my trip to Normandy Beaches - June 2004
Come Out (Whereever you are) - 1976 BBC documentary on the escape - also shows some of the former escapees
oldest known cine film of the camp - Taken by Sgt Ron Williams ( below)
29th January 2013 - Island Farm appeared on CountryFile - with myself and John Craven
The Welsh Great Escape - A 2004 docu drama/ detailing the escape (featuring escapees Steffi Ehlert and Gerhard Fiegel)
IMPORTANT: Please be advised that there are lots of significant mistakes in the above programme, The Welsh Great Escape, below are just a few examples:
1) Island Farm is quoted as being a "black camp" (Staunch
Nazi) - Island Farm was a "white camp"
2) PoW Otto Iskat was severely beaten by fellow PoWs for failing to send Adolf Hitler a birthday card, see: Otto Iskat died of high blood pressure and a heart attack as per his death certificate
3) The tunnel was 60 feet in length - the tunnel was nearer 30 feet in length
4) The PoWs who escaped were "German officers" - the PoWs who took part in the escape were low ranked German PoWs. Island Farm wasn't an officer camp until 1946
5) The escape number is misquoted twice (67 and 72) - the actual escape figure was 70 PoWs
6) Lily Griffiths was shot 3 days after the escape - The escape was 10/11th March and the shooting was the 12th March.
7) Lily died within hours of being shot - Lily was shot on the 12th and died on the 16th March
8) A supposed BBC News (Voice Over) - Gets date wrong (16th March 1945) for final escapees recaptured - The actual date was, see: 17th March 1945
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Sgt William Ronald Williams (Penarth) guarding the fence of Island Farm in 1946.
Note: the red circled area highlights an attempt by POWs to saw through the corner fence post. Consequently, the guards added a secondary support post to strengthen the fence.
web site is dedicated to the history and research of the Island Farm POW
camp and the German POWs interned during the years 1944 -1948. Although,
the web site profiles many POWs both during WWI and WWII, this web site
is not about the politics of Nazism.
The extensive use of photographs within this web site is done so for historical purposes and should not be viewed as an attempt to glorify the tragic events of WWII.
This web site does not support in any way those who would condone or embrace individuals, groups and/or organisations that are intolerant, racist or violent.
This web site does not support or endorce those that use the theme of WWII history to further their own political agenda.
Only through honest, objective and impartial research can one ever hope to understand the plight of so many millions of people during the Second World War.
This web site is respectfully dedicated to all those who suffered and died during the most devastating war in human history, on all sides.