Stalag XVII B

Liberation!

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Transport planes ready to fly American ex-prisoners to Camp Lucky Strike

When the American, British and French prisoners reached Weilhart Forest near Braunau, Austria, there were no shelters or facilities of any kind. Some of the German guards stayed, but most of them simply walked away or otherwise disappeared. When American forces entered the camp on 3 May 1945, the remaining guards surrendered, but some prisoners sought revenge and a few guards were either beaten badly or killed.

Below are some photographs of American ex-prisoners after liberation and waiting to be transported to Camp Lucky Strike. One shows their arrival at Weilhart's Forest and building shelters. Some show Americans wearing some German gear and hamming it up in front of the camera; some are posing beside junked German aricraft. One shows the nearby aluminum factory that was used a shelter until they could leave for France. And a group of Austrians in a horse-drawn wagon who posed for a picture.

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