Stalag XVIII-A

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Stalag XVIII-A Wolfsberg and Stalag XVIII-A/Z Spittal were World War II German Army Prisoner-of-war camps located at Wolfsberg and Spittal an der Drau in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia, then part of Germany.

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  • October 1939 Polish officer prisoners arrived from the invasion of Poland It was then called Oflag XVIII-B.
  • March 1941 Camp redesignated Stalag XVIII-A. French and Belgian arrive, transferred from another camp.
  • July - August1941 British and Commonwealth prisoners arrive from Battle of Greece and Battle of Crete. They had come via a transit camp in Saloniki, Greece.
  • October 1941 Soviet prisoners arrive, but they were kept in separate enclosure.
  • December 1941 typhus epidemic, mainly among Soviet prisoners.
  • 1942 new barracks built, 400 British NCOs moved to Spittal sub camp.
  • March 1943 Lazarett (camp hospital) built at Spittal sub-camp.
  • November 1943, after Italian armistice, Italian and Commonwealth prisoners arrive from Italy.
  • June 1944 200 NCOs transferred to Stalag XVIII-C, Markt-Pongau.
  • July 1944 Total count: 38,831 all nationalities - 825 in main camp, rest in Work Groups (Arbeitskommandos), of this 10,667 British and Commonwealth.
  • December 1944 camp bombed by USAF. 61 prisoners killed.
  • April 1945 all fit prisoners from camps and neighboring work groups marched eastward to Stalag XVIII-C in Markt-Pongau.
  • May 1945 camp liberated by British 8th Army.
  • June 1945 camp becomes British Intelligence detention center for ex-Nazis -......
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