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Friday, July 25, 2014

2420 mile to discover the fathers war history

Last days of june were a great adventure. Jason Cook (who arrived to Torun by motorbike) saw Stalag XXA remains. His father was captured in Norway. Below memories from his trip... 

My name is Jason Cook and I have been doing some research on my father who served during WW2. He was Private 4859218 John George Cook of 1/5 Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment. He was captured in Norway on the 23rd of April 1940, at a place called Tretten. He was taken to Torun, Poland and incarcerated at Stalag XXA.

On footprints of history
As part of my research I have photo-copies of my fathers army papers, battalion war diaries, red-cross reports and more but to finalise it all I wanted to visit the places where he was captured and imprisoned and take photographs. These would then complete a binder I have been compiling on my fathers experiences.
To that end I visited Tretten in March this year and have only recently got back from a 2420 mile motorbike ride to Torun!

Stalag Time still visible on walls
It was there that I had arranged to meet Hania and Pawel. It was great to be able to fire off a load of questions and have them answered. To be shown round the area and see certain landmarks pertaining to XXA, was most interesting.They also took me to a little war museum whose curator was a very entertaining chap.

Hania and Pawel are lovely people. Their english is excellent and they are very good company. They are very good at what they do. Pawel even recommended a bar for some nice beers and a restaurant for Polish dumplings, both of which were spot on!

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