Work Camp 10620 GW
Location: Tainach, near Klagenfurt
Type of work: Timber mill (Brodnig owners)
Man of Confidence: Dvr Stanley Swift, POW 3433
Number of Men: 20 - 30
|Beaton D.||Cowan||Pte||2NZEF||3522||Waikato, New Zealand|
|Matthew W.||Ellis||Pte||2/6 Inf. Bn.||7117||Victoria, Australia|
|Frank Baridon||Hill||Pte||RASC||3532||High Barnet|
|E||Larkin||Dvr||RE||3107||Sussex; transf'd to Stalag 20A|
|Bruce||Maxwell||Pte||2/12 Inf. Bn.||4039||NSW, Australia|
|Donald Cyril||Munns||Dvr||RASC||2636||Surrey; also 10029/GW, 11027/GW, 27/HV|
|W. Haynes||Donald Munns||C. Armstrong||Matthew Ellis|
|Peter Hook||E. Larkin||John Pearce||J.B. Smith|
|G. White||N.A. Spittle||Joe Britton||Ronald de Knock|
|Bill Everness||E.S. Bates||? Gillies||Reg Foster|
|J. Fulcher||P. Reavill||H. Griffiths||D.E. Dawkins|
|Stan Swift||F.J. Palmer||Dennis Lambert||Jim Cuthbertson|
|J. Grice||Jimmy Ingham||Beaton Cowan||W.J. Pitt|
|Frank Hill||Frank Mulroy||Bruce Maxwell||Henry Novis|
In July 2013, after the Welcome Weekend in Wolfsberg, Don Munns (nephew of POW Donald Munns) visited the site of the sawmill and took the photos shown below.
Man of Confidence: L/Cpl D. T. Lambert, POW No. 2743
These men do all kinds of timber work, make barracks, etc. The Man of Confidence has no complaint about conditions in his camp but rather regarding the treatment they receive on the part of their employer who pays, it would appear, little attention to whatever the military authorities order but rather wants his own way. For instance, he will not stick to any agreement regarding contract work and is loath to let the prisoners have the time off due to them. When discussing these points with the Camp Commander and the Accompanying Officer, they both instructed the Lagerfuhrer to keep an eye on the working conditions in this camp and to ensure that military orders are strictly obeyed.
Man of Confidence: Dvr Stanley Swift, POW No. 3433
The prisoners of this Detachment, who are engaged in industrial work, work principally on a contract basis. When the work set out in the contract is finished, the prisoners are made to undertake other work, if any time remains available to them. The officer in charge, who is benevolently disposed to the prisoners, makes it his business to see that the contracts are faithfully observed.
Man of Confidence: Pte S. Swift
These men are engaged with a saw-mill and the Man of Confidence made strong complaints regarding treatments. The Delegate visited the works and decided to request the immediate dissolution of the Kommando. The request has been met by the Stalag Commander, Oberstlt. von Reckow. The prisoners will now go back to Stalag pending the removal to another Kommando.
(Despite the above entry, there is another reference to 10620/GW being visited by the Red Cross on 26 June 1944. Stan Swift is still MOC and the strength was 26 men.)