OFLAG XB (Nienburg/Weser, Germany) POW lettercard sender’s half (German/French text with printed camp designation) from Greek army officer housed in the camp to Greece. Message, dated 10/2/44, includes: sender's holds some hope as he wrote: "As they assured us, at most in a month, we will be near you. However, this may be subject to reservation".
Red handstamps "GR" for language used and "11.Feb. 1944" for dispatch date were applied at camp on front side.
Sent to Vienna, where it was opened and inspected by the international letter inspection military service “g”, authorized to examine correspondence mainly to and from the Balkan States. The following markings were applied during the procedure: entry registration number “012309” and examiner’s number “6456” stamp in green; secured with brown unprinted re-sealing tape tied by red a “OKW / GEÖFFNET (g)” machine stamp.
Entered Greece via Salonika, having been postmarked “ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ 11.VII.44 ΑΦΙΞΙΣ” (Thessaloniki Arrival, 11 July 1944) in transit to final destination.
Greek officers are rarely found in German POW camps.
Item condition: Very good albeit with tongue detached when opened by the addressee; see scans.
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