In September 1939 Reg Beattie left Brighton with the Sussex Yeomanry as part of the British Expeditionary Force which was to defend France and Belgium against the advancing German army. When France was invaded in May 1940 he became involved in heavy fighting and was captured whilst covering the retreat to Dunkirk. He was marched across Europe with thousands of other starving prisoners to the huge POW camp at Lamsdorf, Stalag VIII B. He later joined one of the work parties at the Blechhammer camp in Upper Silesia.
Reg was engaged in a range of covert operations at Blechhammer and played a key role in the creation of Genshagen, a unique "holiday camp" for POWs that provided cover for a complex undercover operation which passed information back to MI6. He was captured by the Gestapo and had to battle for survival in the notorious "Lamsdorf death march" as the Germans evacuated the camps ahead of the advancing Russian army.
An extract from Reg's description of his capture on Tuesday May 28th 1940 during the retreat to Dunkirk:
An extract from the diary for Monday December 2nd 1940, Reg's 189th day of captivity:
The diary mentions many dozens of fellow prisoners and Trevor Beattie would like to hear more of their stories and of others who were imprisoned in Lamsdorf, Blechhammer or Genshagen who might have known Reg Beattie. These will be summarised on this site and could be incorporated in a second edition of the book. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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