VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1943 GERMAN AFRIKAKORPS POCKET YEARBOOK

PANZERARMEE AFRIKA KALENDER 1943

PUBLISHED IN THE FINAL YEAR OF THE FAMOUS D.A.K.

His entry of 15 February 1943 stated that he was with the II. Artillery Regiment 10th Battery near Gabes, Tunesia.

His entry on 18 May 1943 is his departure from Oran (Algeria) as a POW (on an American ship, headed for New York)

on the last page the original owner of this rare DAK artifact, Obergefreiter Rudolf Hasenpflug, wrote down his POW mailing address in the U.S.

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Offered for sale is a

VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1943

GERMAN AFRIKAKORPS POCKET YEARBOOK

PANZERARMEE AFRIKA KALENDER 1943

PUBLISHED IN THE FINAL YEAR OF THE FAMOUS D.A.K.

Offered for sale is a very interesting historic artifact from the German Afrikakorps! This 1943 pocket yearbook once belonged to Obergefreiter Rudolf Hasenpflug, a member of the DAK who carried this item while he fought in Northern Africa. The interesting thing is that he kept this book after he was captured by the American Forces, it contains interesting entries of his stations as a POW in the United States. The book is in used condition and the back has been repaired with clear tape, the swastika on the cover has been scratched off (probably by the original owner while in the U.S. as a POW) and the title page with the Hitler photo has been removed but this item is nevertheless of historic significance. It must have been of value for Rudolf Hasenpflug as he kept it during his time as a POW and he must have taken it back with him to Germany after he was released as we found this item in Germany!

On May 9, 1943 at 12:08 he was captured at Porto Farina and transfered to the American POW camp Mateur.

On 31 May 1943 his ship arrived in New York, from there he was trans-ported (probably by train) to Philadelphia, Ohio until he reached the POW camp Aliceville, on 3 June 1943. The first German POW's arrived only one day earlier at this camp. The only structure remaining of the original camp is a single brick fireplace and chimney and a Historic Marker with the following text: "During World War II, the United States Army interred 6000 German prisoners here on a 400 acre site, employing 1000 American military and civilian personnel. Major Karl H. Shriver commanded Corps of Engineers forces which began construction in August 1942. Activated Dec. 12, 1942. First prisoners, from Gen. Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps, arrive by Frisco Railroad June 2, 1943. Camp first commanded by Col. F. A. Prince, later by Col. R. S. Grier. 400 frame buildings: barracks, hospital, bakeries, chapels, greenhouse, theaters; water and sewer system, fire department, amphitheater, sports fields, gardens. Barbed wire compound with guard towers. 2 prisoners killed attempting to escape. Deactivated Sept. 30, 1945."

Camp Aliceville has become widely regarded as a model of humane treatment of POW's. Many former prisoners have returned to Aliceville for reunions. The camp is the main focus of the nearly Aliceville Museum, established in 1995. It has also been the subject of books ("Guests Behind the Barber Wire", by Ruth Beaumont Cook) and a History Channel documentary.

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THIS VERY RARE ORIGINAL 1943 GERMAN AFRIKAKORPS POCKET YEARBOOK

PANZERARMEE AFRIKA KALENDER 1943

IS OFFERED FOR SALE FOR $245.00 INCL. USPS SHIPPING TO ANY ADDRESS IN THE U.S.

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