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The Diary of Alan Forster, POW 3921, Stalag VIIIB (October 1944 — May 1945) Part 14.

by Bill Forster

Contributed by 
Bill Forster
Article ID: 
A7315283
Contributed on: 
26 November 2005

Continued from A7314392

APPENDIX 2
The route of the Trek

The place names in the diary are the German names in use at the time and are often abbreviated or spelled incorrectly. Where known the correct spelling of the German name and the name used today (Polish or Czech) are given in square brackets but some names are either illegible or their present day equivalents have not been identified. I would appreciate help in identifying these places and would like to hear from others who followed this route and can add to the account given in the Diary.

DATE DISTANCE PLACE

19 January ------ ? -------------------------------- Dombrowo [Dabrowa Gornicza]
20 January ------ 40 km -------------------------- Beuton [i.e. Beuthen, Polish Bytom]
21 January ------ 20 km -------------------------- Gleiwitz [Gliwice]
22 January ------ 20 km -------------------------- Heidrechtstadt
23 January ------ 40 km -------------------------- ?
24 January ------ 20 km -------------------------- Guad ..f?
25 January ------ 34 km -------------------------- Neudorf [Nowa Wies]
26 January ------ 15 km -------------------------- Posnitz? (a barn off the Jugensdorf road)
27 January ------ ? -------------------------------- Wechen
28 January ------ 0-------------------------------- Rest at Wechen
29 January ------ 20 km -------------------------- To Don..er farm
30 January ------ 24 km -------------------------- ?
31 January ------ ? -------------------------------- ?

1 February ------ ? -------------------------------- ?
2 February ------ 24 km -------------------------- ?
3 February ------ 25 km -------------------------- Rabendorf [Rabov Zanikl]
4 February ------ 20 km -------------------------- Blauda
5 February ------- ? (Total 328 km) ------------- Celleschan.
6 February ------- ? -------------------------------- Nieder Hermanitz [Hor Hermanice]
7 February ------- 25 km -------------------------- Rathsdorf

ENTERED THE CZECH PROTECTORATE
8 February ------- 12 km -------------------------- Wilderschaut [i.e.Wildenschwert Czech Usti nad Orlici]
9 February ------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day (at Wilderschaut)
10 February ------ ? ------------------------------- -
11 February ----- 16 km -------------------------- Chotzen [Chocen]
12 February----- 17 km -------------------------- Ceberjellen
13 February ----- 0 -------------------------------- Rest day (at Ceberjellen)
14 February ----- 14 km (Total 432 km) ------- Bycsta (?)
15 February ----- 13 km -------------------------- Crossed Elbe at Patowitz-an-die Elbe [i.e. Pardubitz, Czech Pardubice], stayed village 2k from Elbe & 11k from Konigsgratz.
16 February ----- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
17 February ----- 16 km -------------------------- Leibca
18 February ----- 14 km -------------------------- Unter Gutwasser [Dobra Voida]
19 February ----- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
20 February ----- 18 km -------------------------- Aulibitz [Ulibice]
21 February ----- 35 km -------------------------- Uber Bousow [Dol. Bousov]
22 February ----- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
23 February ----- 14 km -------------------------- A village, Rep, by a town, Jung Bunzlau
[Mlada Boleslav]
24 February ----- 29 km (Total 571 km) Kropatsch Urutitz [Kropacova Vrutice]
25 February ----- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
26 February ----- 20 km ------------------------- Tunsein
27 February ----- 14 km -------------------------- Ilosein
28 February ----- ? -------------------------------- rest day

1 March ---------- 24 km -------------------------- Dallen
2 March ---------- 14 km (Total 643 km) ------- Jetschin
3 March ---------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
4 March ---------- 24 km -------------------------- Kirchen
5 March ---------- 20 km -------------------------- Peterburg? [near Saaz [Zatec], see map in diary]
6 March ---------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
7 March ---------- 16 km -------------------------- Grossfarwitz
8 March ---------- 20 km -------------------------- Deutschkmeit
(“turned off Karlsbad [Karlovy Vary] road at Buchau. Now heading for Marienbad [Marianske Lazne] it’s said 14 days approx to a Stalag”)
9 March ---------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
10 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
11 March -------- 25 km (Total 743 km) -------- Neudorf by Potchau
12 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
13 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Abaschau (4 km from Marienbad
[Marianske Lazne], via Tachau [Tachov]).
14 March -------- 20 km -------------------------- Waschengrian, 4 km from Plan [Plana]
15 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
16 March -------- 26 km -------------------------- Haid
17 March -------- 17 km -------------------------- Rosshaupt [Rozvadov]
18 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
19 March -------- 18 km -------------------------- Moosbach
(“a village 5 km off the main road”)
20 March -------- 17 km -------------------------- Shamenreith
(“a village 3 K off the main road 7 K from Weiden”)
21 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
22 March -------- 11 km (Total 877 km) ------- Weiden
(“an outlying part, we bypassed it & are in a barn about 3 K out”)
23 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day
24 March -------- ? -------------------------------- Rest day (awaiting transport)

BY TRAIN
25 March ------------------------------------------- Scherwandorf, rtd to Schwarzenfeld
26 March ------------------------------------------- Marienburg, Neumarkt, Regensburg (stayed at Nieder Fraubling, outside Regensburg)

27 MARCH — 22 APRIL: NIEDER FRAUBLING
23 April ---------- 30 km -------------------------- Tiefenbau
25 April ---------- ? -------------------------------- Village, name left blank
26 April ---------- ? -------------------------------- Remain here until —

30 APRIL
“I SHALL REMEMBER THIS ANNIVERSARY ALL THE REST OF MY LIFE FOR THIS MORNING THE AMERICANS ARRIVED TO FREE US.”

1 May ------------ ? -------------------------------- Rottenburg, then to isolated farm
2 May ------------ ? -------------------------------- Regensburg

11 May ----------- ? ------------------------------- LANDED IN ENGLAND!

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