Archeologists uncover hospital artifacts at notorious PoW camp

An item from the Legion Magazine.

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Stephen J thorne

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Archeologists uncover hospital artifacts at notorious PoW camp


Archeologists have uncovered a rare set of artifacts from a former hospital at the site of a notorious prisoner-of-war camp where more than 40,000 Allied captives, including Canadians, died during the Second World War.

The dig was conducted in an overgrown area of what was once the Lamsdorf PoW camp—specifically, the principal subcamp of Stalag VIII known as Stalag VIIIB in what is now Łambinowice, Poland. The archeologists uncovered syringes, a razor fragment, underwear and uniform buttons, utensils and remnants of a heating stove.

“It was a part of the camp that had never before been the subject of field research,” said the project’s head, Dawid Kobiałka of the University of Łódź Institute of Archaeology in central Poland.

“Even the precise location of its individual buildings and their present state of preservation was unknown.”


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Trainbusting Canadians busting records in Korea


In late-October 1952, during the Korean War, HMCS Crusader joined the Trainbusters Club in Korea. Within six months, Crusader garnered the club’s championship for Canada.

The club was an informal competition between ships in the conflict which took out adversary trains.

“We had some of the finest gunners in the Canadian navy,” said Irving Larson of Crusader.

It began in July 1952 after an American destroyer, the USS Orleck, demolished two trains in two weeks. It was declared trainbusting champion and a challenge was issued to beat the score.

A ship could only claim trains if they destroyed the engine, regardless of how many rail cars were obliterated.


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