Forged POW Identity Documents, Second World War

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  • Documents.2188
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Catalogue date 1993-01

History note

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Three outstanding, totally hand drawn, forged documents made by Lieutenant R H C Eastman while a POW in Eichstaett POW camp (Oflag VIIB) Germany in 1943 following his capture during the defence of Calais in June 1940 while serving with the 3rd Battalion Royal Tank Regiment, comprising: identity document, purporting to be for a French worker in Germany, together with leave pass and travel permit for him; also official ms telegram (1 July 1940) informing Eastman's next of kin that he had been reported missing believed killed; a photograph of Eastman (extreme left, front row) and his coterie of regular friends as a POW; tissue paper map of northern Europe, supplied to POWs as an escape aid.

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