Laurie, James Hogg (Oral history)

Catalogue number
  • 5194
Department
Sound
Production date
1981-08-14
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Duration 150, Number Of Items 5
Alternative names
  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview
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Category
sound

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Object description

British seaman served aboard HMS Delight in Mediterranean, Norway and GB coastal waters, 1939-1940 including sinking, 7/1940; served aboard ML144 in English Channel, 1940-1941; served aboard ML192 during St Nazaire Raid, 3/1942; POW in France and Germany, 1942-1945

Content description

REEL 1 Recollections of operations as seaman aboard HMS Delight in Mediterranean, during Norwegian campaign and GB coastal waters, 1939-1941: reasons for enlistment in Royal Navy, 1936; anti-contraband duties in Aegean Sea, 1939; duties during evacuation from Norway, 1940; wounding during sinking of ship by German Junkers Ju87 Stuka dive-bombers in English Channel, 7/1940. Aspects of operations aboard Motor Launch 144 in English Channel, 1940-1941: sinking of launch, 9/1941; character of launch; reasons for his escape from fateful last voyage. Recollections of operations as seaman aboard Motor Launch 192 during St Nazaire Raid, 3/1942: preparations for raid at Falmouth; mock raid on Plymouth; role of his motor launch; disguises employed by ships in raiding force in estuary of River Loire; duties on board during raid. REEL 2 Continues: damage to launch and casualties on board; evacuation of launch; damage effected by raid. Aspects of period as POW in France, 3/1942: capture and interrogation by Germans; method of deceiving German signallers during raid; registration as POW at Rennes; conditions in camp at Rennes; character of train journey from France to Germany. Recollections of period as POW in Marlag in Germany, 1942-1945: benefits of POWs working; sight of German examination of Russian POWs during transit at Sandbostel Camp; treatment of British POWs. REEL 3 Continues: treatment of POWs of different nationalities; German announcement of Victoria Cross to Commander Stephen Beattie; character of camp; rations and importance of Red Cross parcels; home-made alcohol; private parcels received; use of boot polish to manufacture alcohol; educational facilities available; examinations taken; entertainments; cooking of food; sugar, salt and bread issues; bartering amongst POWs; trading with German guards; obstacles to escape; aiding escape attempt. REEL 4 Continues: extra fuel supplies; obtaining news of war's progress; his punishment for 'sabotage' including period in solitary confinement; state of POW morale and effect on it of news of V-weapons; POW sense of humour; inaccuracy of German news; German guards fear of posting to Eastern Front; psychological strain on POWs; German attempt to recruit POWs to Free Corps. REEL 5 Continues: attempt to secure swarm of bees; use of improvised blower for heating water; removal to Milag, 1945; hiding from Germans in Milag; Allied aircraft attack on POW column; liberation by British troops; return to GB. Formation of British Returned Prisoners of War Association. Question of adjusting to life after imprisonment. Attitude towards Germans.

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