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German POWs Craft Work & Home Guards' Mock Rifle

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posted on 2024-06-05, 17:34 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Christopher brought his father, Ken Stewart's, collection of objects made by German prisoners of war in Palestine. These were made from aluminium salvaged from aircraft. The prisoners often exchanged these goods for rations. Many of those who made them were engineers. They were unable to return home but had the use of their tools. These prisoners were not shipped back until 1948.

Ken was in the Durham Light Infantry. He eventually became a sergeant and was a paratrooper. He met his wife in Egypt where she served with the ATS.

Christopher mentioned that his father told horrendous stories about the Chindits. Arabs tried to break into their camps despite being told not to. They were killed and their bodies were often found hanging.

Christopher also brought a model rifle which was one of those issued to the Home Guard. These gave the impression that the men were armed when real rifles were in short supply.


Item list and details

1. Mock rifle used by the Home Guard. 2. Collection of craft items made by German POWs.

Person the story/items relate to

Ken Stewart

Person who shared the story/items

Christopher Stewart

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

He is his father

Type of submission

Shared at Hadleigh Library, Essex on 4 November 2023. Organised by Hadleigh Castle u3a.

Record ID

101055 | HAD034