WWII German Female POW Camp in Vilvoorde

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Shown are a selection of photographs that depict female German prisoners of war outside their tented accommodation in a camp for SS, Luftwaffe and civilian women prisoners.

The Prisoner-of-War camp is presumably POW Camp 2218 and was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945.

Images were taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit and belong to the Imperial War Museum Collection.

Female POW Camp in Vilvoorde, Belgium

Female German Luftwaffe POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

Female German Luftwaffe POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

British Auxiliary Territorial Service Lance Corporal Jean Burck of New Malden, Surrey, England speaks to a group of female German POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

British Auxiliary Territorial Service Lance Corporal Jean Burck of New Malden, Surrey, England speaks to a group of female German POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

Female German Luftwaffe POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

Female German Luftwaffe POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

Female German Luftwaffe POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

Female German Luftwaffe POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

British Auxiliary Territorial Service Lance Corporal Jean Burck of New Malden, Surrey, England applies aid to Female LW German POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

British Auxiliary Territorial Service Lance Corporal Jean Burck of New Malden, Surrey, England applies aid to Female LW German POWs at Camp Vilvoorde. The camp was managed by British forces of the 21st Army Group and housed over 12,000 Axis POWs, both men and women. Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. June 1945. Image taken by Lt. O’Brien, No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

Credits: Imperial War Museum

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