of German Prisoners of War - 11th
recent escape of 70 Prisoners of War from the Camp at Bridgend
the Force a task which called for the prompt and energetic attention
At the outset, it was clear from reports which reached the Police
it would be anything but an easy matter to trace and recapture
men, who would take full advantage of what they achieved in
from the Camp in different directions.
In view of the magnitude of the escape, measures had to be taken
to organise the search and maintain keen observations on a far
than could be done by the limited numbers of Service and Police
and, for this purpose, an appeal was made by the Chief Constable
aid of all available Special Constables, members of the Home
and members of the general public who could give assistance.
The response to this appeal fulfilled all expectations.
least possible delay search parties were methodically organised
comb-out was undertaken, which yielded such good results that
space of six days all of the Prisoners had been recaptured and
to the Camp. Through the energy and vigilance of the search
and the wonderful co-operation of the members of the public
on to the police without delay any information they considered
helpful, only eight of the escaped Prisoners of War were able
to make their
way outside the County of Glamorgan; four of whom had taken
and driven away in an unattended motor car immediately they
the Camp, and were probably outside Glamorgan before their escape
reported to the Police. It is known that the other four
trains at isolated spots.
Messages of thanks for the good work done by the Police have
received from both the Officer Commanding, South Wales District,
the Officer Commanding, Severn Sub District, and the Chief Constable
desires to take this opportunity of expressing his personal
not only of the members of the Force, the Police Auxiliaries
Special Constables, but also of the invaluable assistance given
members of the Home Guard, the air Raid Wardens, members of
of the Civil Defence Service, and the very large number of other
spirited citizens who came forward and gave their services so
a time when they were so much needed.
It is desired that this expression of thanks for assistance
should be conveyed also to the Ministers of Religion, of all
who contributed such useful and material assistance in connection
search by announcing to their congregations that this large
Prisoners of War had escaped, and that if any persons resembling
seen the matter should be reported without delay to the Police.
impossible to send a personal message of appreciation to all
who assisted in
the protracted search, and, for this reason, the Chief Constable
the members of the Force in their respective districts will
message of thanks to all those persons who co-operated as the
disseminating the information for the valuable assistance which
spontaneously given, and proved so affective.