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GERMAN PRISONERS OF WAR AT CAMP COOKE, CALIFORNIA is the compelling story of fourteen German soldiers who were captured during the campaigns in North Africa and Europe, and then sat out the remainder of the war as POWs. Each former prisoner discusses his unique experiences in the Wehrmacht, and later as a POW in America - mostly at Camp Cooke and its branch camps - and the lasting impression these events had on him. The personal accounts are presented against the backdrop of the U.S. War Department’s nationwide POW program. Together, they convey complete and authentic stories of soldiers who survived the cataclysm of World War II.
How were the POWs treated? What types of labor did they perform in the camps? Were recreational and educational opportunities available to the prisoners? Was fraternization between Americans and POWs a problem in the camps? If a prisoner escaped, what form of punishment could he expect to receive? Find the answers to these and other questions in my book.
Softcover 6 x 9.
280 pages with more than 50 vintage photos.
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The book can also be purchased directly from my publisher, Sunbury Press and from online booksellers as a softcover or as an e-book.
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Here is a current review of my book: https://historianrobertredd.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/book-review-german-prisoners-of-war-at-camp-cooke-california/
Please examine my other book, CAMP COOKE AND VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE. It’s available in softcover and as an e-book from my other publisher, McFarland Books and from online booksellers. It is the story of an army training installation built on the eve of World War II that readied armored and infantry soldiers for combat on the front lines.
Scores of visiting USO troupes entertained the soldiers at Camp Cooke. The shows featured many of Hollywood's legendary entertainers as well as numerous other luminaries from radio and stage, and the sports world. The camp continued its service during the Korean War. Renamed Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1958, the installation currently serves as America’s premier launch facility of missiles and space rockets.