2nd/3rd Prisoners Of War
Association records disclose that a total of 1,935 members enlisted in, or were transferred to, the 2nd / 3rd Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.
Similarly, our records disclose a total of134 members of the Regiment were captured by the Axis forces.
The majority (108) of these were members of the 7th Battery who were captured on Crete in May 1941.
The remainder (26) were members of the 8th Battery, who were captured in North Africa.
No members of the 9th Battery were taken as prisoners of war.
The great majority (90) of 2nd/3rd POW’s were held in Italian camps, with the balance being held in Germany.
The Association is grateful that researcher Katrina Kittel contacted us and offered to make those components of her research relating to 2nd/3rd members held in POW camps in Italy during WW2 available to us.
Katrina’s research draws on the extensive work undertaken by Bill Rudd OAM (VX39694) and as published at www.anzacpow.com and on Alex Barnett’s (VX41455) book ‘Hitler’s Digger Slaves: Caught in the web of Axis labour camps’