|Stalag VII A: Oral history
Postcards from prison camps
We owe the following photos and information on George Gyves to his son, Michael Gyves.
"My father George Gyves was a sergeant
with the British Royal Artillery and was captured in Crete
and then held as a prisoner in Stalag VII A before taking
the long winter march to Stalag VIII B. He was a POW from 2
June 1941 to 9 April 1945." (Michael Gyves)
"In 1942 he sent all the family Christmas cards.
I do not know who the artist was but I presume he produced
other cards for his colleagues in Stalag VII A Moosburg."
"Another Christmas card dated 5th October 1942
from Stalag VII A" (Michael Gyves)
"A birthday card to my mother dated June 1943.
This card was sent from Stalag VIII B. The comment at the
bottom of the birthday card reads 'Also from German
Censor'. I have only limited knowledge of my fathers story
as he was very frail when repatriated to the United Kingdom
at the end of World War II and spent a lot of time in
hospital. He spoke very little of his wartime experiences
and regrettably died in 1946 aged 39." (Michael Gyves)
Pictures: © Michael Gyves
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