Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp, 1942 - 1945
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Saureus
N 33° 07.033 W 088° 10.407
16S E 390523 N 3664894
Quick Description: Marker on the site of the largest camp of German prisoners of war in the United States during World War II
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 3/21/2008 11:33:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM3DW0
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member thomasl714
Views: 76

Long Description:
Marker 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."


The only structure remaining of the original camp is a single brick fireplace and chimney.


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.

Marker Name: Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp, 1942-1945

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information::
For more information, visit http://www.cityofaliceville.com/POWCamp.htm.


Date Dedicated / Placed: 1989

Marker Number: Not listed

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