Jack Tanner, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, POW Collection covering his internment in Oflag VIIC (June 1940-early 1942) and Oflag VIIB (early 1942-April 1945) Various sizes

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Jack Tanner, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, POW Collection covering his internment in Oflag VIIC (June 1940-early 1942) and Oflag VIIB (early 1942-April 1945)
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Jack Tanner, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, POW Collection covering his internment in Oflag VIIC (June 1940-early 1942) and Oflag VIIB (early 1942-April 1945)
A fine POW collection comprising;
1. A TLS from Captain Collins, Comdg "D" Coy, Sherborne, 16 June 1940, addressed to the adjutant: "I am afraid that there can be little hope that 2nd Lieut Tanner is still alive ... and from the facts it it would seem that he must almost certainly be dead."
2. A Collection of 73 ALSs and cards, mostly 1p and 2pp, all addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Tanner, mostly from the population of Kingsbridge, Devon, England, offering their condolences on the death of their only son Jack, dated June and July 1940, capturing local affection for their presumed loss.
2. A 3pp telegram, in pencil, from the Under Secretary of State for War dated 17/18 June, 1940, "By hand delivery," that J. E. Tanner is reported missing.
3. Three typed letters signed, from the War Office, The first dated 27 June 1940, informing that his regiment reports he is believed missing, the second dated 20 September 1940, to the occupier Hill Crest, that J. Tenner(sic) is alive, and the third dated 6 November 1940 informing J.E. Tanner that J.E. Tanner is German prisoner No 468, in good health and in Oflag VIIC.
4. An oblong album comprising 20 typed copies of Jack Tanner's letters home to his mother and father from Oflag VII C/H, from 12 June 1940 to 25 April 1941. All mounted in an album, with some clippings and loose ephemera.
5. His German identification file listing his arrival at Oflag VIIC on May 13th 1941.
6. A collection of 56 ALSs from Jack Tanner to his mother and father, the first two ALSs sent from the field in the British Expeditionary force, both April 1940. the 54 following letters sent from Oflag VIIC, starting from June 23rd 1940, enclosing a mimeographed note as to what can be sent in parcels to a POW, up until April 1942. This POW correspondence all sent by Kriegsgefangenenpost, written in pencil in a minuscule hand as the space on the folding letter proforma was limited, all with censors stamps.
7. c.135 ALSs from Mr and Mrs Tanner to their son, Jack in Oflag VIIC and VIIB starting 30 August 1940, up until December 1944, mostly single sheets, close written; together with six other letters to and from Tannner, from other friends.
8. A photograph album with 42 photographs and postcards of Laufen Castle Oflag VIIC, his fellow officers in recreation in the grounds, postcards of the town and castle of Eichstatt, and the cast of several theatrical productions put on at Eichstatt; with 10 theater programs printed in camp dated 1940-44, and an issue of the Touchstone number 3, January 1944, the Oflag VIIB camp magazine; a pencil sketch of Tanner by JW, and 4 Christmas cards for Laufen and Eichstatt.
9. A wartime small suitcase used by Tanner as a POW containing an abc address book for Oflag VII, two works on the Duke of Cornwall's Infantry, a book of caricatures, Tanner's miniature set of the Bible and New Testament 1941, an officer's release book 1946, Tanner's watch, lock, lighter that he had in the camps, and a bag of buttons (a useful trade in camps).
10. Jack Tanner's POW uniform tunic and pants.

An extraordinary survival of a POW's correspondence, with other memorabilia of his time in German POW camps from June 1940 to the US liberation of Oflag VIIB on 16 April 1945. Oflag VIIC was for officers, and was in Laufen castle in SE Bavaria. The majority of prisoners were British officers captured in the Battle for France 1940. In early 1942 all the officers from VIIC were moved to a nearby camp Oflag VIIB, in Eichstatt, Bavaria, 62 miles north of Munich. There the conditions were more spartan but Tanner seems to have survived the 5 years as a POW in reasonable mettle and was undoubtedly proud that he come through it all. He preserved this special collection throughout his life.
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Jack Tanner, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, POW Collection covering his internment in Oflag VIIC (June 1940-early 1942) and Oflag VIIB (early 1942-April 1945) Various sizes
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