Discovering More About The Long March
Books, Accounts by POWs, Videos/DVDs, Websites
The Lamsdorf Series
Book 2: The Long March In Their Own Words
Available as hardback, paperback and e-book
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Taking the Long Way Home: The Long March of 1945
An interactive map, produced by Dave Lovell and Ian Bowley, of the routes taken by many of the POWs on the Long March of January to May 1945, as part of the commemorations marking 75 years since the liberation and return home of POWs.
Hut 18A Long March
This spreadsheet was prepared by Rick Catt as part of the POW75 project 2020. It lists information about the Royal Australian Air Force POWs who were accommodated in Hut 18A at Stalag VIIIB/344 Lamsdorf, and their participation in the Long March of 1945, and published in the book ‘The RAF POWs of Lamsdorf’.
The Last Escape: The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45
by John Nichol and Tony Rennell
The most informative source of information available about the Long March of 1945.
As the Second World War approached its end, thousands of soldiers from the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and the USA, languished in German POW camps. With the Soviet Army closing in from the east and Allied troops advancing from the west, the Germans evacuated many of their camps westwards away from the Soviets. Over the next several months these prisoners were forced to walk more than 500 miles through the severest of winter conditions, and hundreds died from exhaustion, disease, and starvation. This book provides a thorough analysis of why and how this all took place, including evidence based on interviews with the POWs who survived, as well as their diaries and letters, that bring this astonishing tale of endurance and courage to life. This book is the most informative source of information available about the Long March of 1945 and is highly recommended.
The Long March In Their Own Words
compiled by Philip Baker
Experiences related by Prisoners of War evacuated from Stalag VIIIB / 344 Lamsdorf
and its Working Parties near the end of the Second World War.
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Captivity in British Uniforms
by Anna Wickiewicz
of the Polish Central Prisoner of War Museum
Chapter VII of this book is about the March and its background.
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Australian Prisoners of War in Hitler’s Reich
by Peter Monteath
Chapter 24 of this book is about the March
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Other first-hand accounts by POWs
There are many books written by former POWs that include their own accounts of the Long March. Here is just a small selection. Click on the name of a book to buy it.
- Alec Barker: POW to Lancashire Farmer
- Jonathan Blake: The Diary of a Prisoner of War
- Len Lees: Yea though I walk …
- John McMahon: Almost a Lifetime
- Winston Parker/Elaine Taylor Thomes: Saddles and Service
- Jack A. Poolton: Destined to Survive
The Forced March to Freedom
A Timeline World History Documentary
(1 hour 10 minutes)This Canadian documentary tells the story of this amazing test of endurance through the eyes of Robert Buckham, a bomber pilot and artist who produced countless sketches and watercolours of prison camp life, as well as one of the only chronicles of the forced march itself. Interviews with Buckham and other POWs accentuate the sketches of camp life and the march as well as the few actual photographs of the march known to exist.
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The Long March to Freedom
A documentary directed by Stephen Saunders
(2 hours 45 minutes)
Synopsis Episode One – Capture
Veterans reveal the real reasons they joined the fighting forces. They tell of inadequate training, of meeting the enemy, and the shocking reality of combat and capture.
Transported under terrible conditions, they arrive at the Stalags where they now adjust to the inevitability of a life behind wire. Their war is over. They now confront hardship and despair as they face the long years of captivity.
Episode Two – Captivity
Ex-Prisoners of War tell of their time in captivity. It is a story of stark contrasts. Of everyday existence and clandestine diversions. And the terrors of forced labour. Whether planning escapes, distilling elicit booze or forced working for the enemy, hopes of freedom are raised as liberating forces are heard closing in on the camps. But instead of freedom, a final, sudden, unexpected and agonising ordeal is about to be thrust upon the already weakened prisoners.
Episode Three – Freedom
After years of captivity, Allied POW’s prepare for liberation. But the German High Command has other ideas.
In the early hours of the bitter winter of January 1945, prisoners are ordered out of their camps at gunpoint. It is the beginning of the Long March. Survivors tell harrowing stories of survival, of an aimless journey, of famine, cruelty and sudden indifferent death, seeing friends dying beside them, desperately enduring all in the fast fading hope of deliverance.
Until finally, along with those who survive, we experience the exhilaration of liberation, homecoming and the eventual return to family and the world of a hard won peace.
The memories still haunt them to this day.Click here to watch this documentary on-line (for payment)Click here to buy the DVD
Hut 18A Long March
This document was prepared by Rick Catt as part of the POW75 project 2020.
It lists information about the Royal Australian Air Force POWs who were accommodated in Hut 18A at Stalag VIIIB/344 Lamsdorf, and their participation in the Long March of 1945, and published in the book ‘The RAF POWs of Lamsdorf’.
Movements of Prisoners and Liberation in Germany
New Zealand Electronic Text collection, University of Wellington
South African Prisoners of War on the Long Marches 1944-1945
by I B Greeff, The South African Military History Society