SPECIAL CAMP XI
ARRIVAL OF OFFICERS


9th January 1946

Stepping off the train at Bridgend Railway Station

NOTE:
General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Karl Alfons Willy Eberbach is behind Rundstedt's left shoulder (disfigured nose)

Rundstedt Being Greeted By Captain Ted Lees

Rundstedt being escorted along the platform at Bridgend Railway Station by Sergeant Strauss (interpreter) & Captain Robert Stanley Pickard (Royal Welch Fusiliers )

Captain Ted Lees, Sergeant Strauss (interpreter) and Rundstedt Exiting Bridgend Railway Station

Rundstedt being assisted into a transportation lorry

Eberbach assisting another POW on to a transportation lorry at Bridgend Railway Station

The highest ranking officers held at the camp were given better accommodation.  Von Rundstedt and the other Field Marshals had their own private rooms which usually consisted of a sitting room and bedroom.  Being unaccustomed to looking after themselves, other prisoners acted as batmen.

Von Rundstedt's inability to perform even the most menial task was highlighted when he was taken to London to be interrogated.  The Welsh Guards who accompanied him from Bridgend recalled how he was ordered to write out his war experiences day by day.  The monotony of the task meant that he soon became bored so he asked if he could clean the boots of the soldier accompanying him.  Von Rundstedt did not know how to clean boots properly and had to be shown how to do the job.

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