Online Talk: The March East 1945 – Final Days of OFLAG IX A/H and A/Z

Online talk on Tuesday 24 January 2023, 1900 to 2000

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During the final days of the Second World War, for 900 Allied officers, held by the Germans in Oflag IX A/H and Oflag IX A/Z, freedom was still a world away. Marched east by their captors, away from the liberating American forces, March and April 1945 was a time of great trials, at the mercy of vengeful Nazis and Allied air raids.

Amongst their number were many men whose names would become well known – Desmond Llewellyn, ‘Q’ in the Bond films, Frederick Corfield, a cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher and Major Bruce Shand, father of Camilla Parker Bowles.

The March East 1945 draws on official and eyewitness accounts from British, Commonwealth, American and German records, as well as over 30 diaries and memoirs. It reveals the human story that unfolded over two weeks in Hesse, Thuringia and Saxony, and explains how the prisoners lived until their final liberation. Complemented by 100 photographs and illustrations taken and drawn by PoWs, as well as the German instructions for camp evacuation published for the first time in English, this book provides a fascinating insight into the last days of the Second World War.

About Peter
Peter Green trained as a Graphic Designer and has worked in commercial and Government communications for 30 years. He established the Internet-based AlphaGalileo research news service for the media in 1998 and has seen it develop from a European government project into an independent company with global clients.

He has acted as a publicity consultant to the European Space Agency, produced a film in Romania and chaired a European publishing working group of development agencies. His interest in military history was sparked by his father’s experiences whilst serving in The Border Regiment in 1st Airborne Division at Sicily, Taranto and Arnhem.

Now retired, Peter, remains a consultant to AlphaGalileo, but most of his time is devoted to editing the quarterly magazine of his father’s old Regimental Museum, Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, in Carlisle.

He also published an account of the evacuation march of his father’s German prison camp in the Spring of 1945, ‘The March East 1945’. Peter’s interests extend to the Roman Army and natural history. He is a keen walker.

Live Talk
Peter will talk about his book.

Hosted by Company of Makers’ co-founder Steve Bomford.

Peter’s talk will be followed by an interactive Q&A session, so you’ll have the opportunity to get involved and he’ll answer as many of your questions as we can squeeze in.

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