NAME:            Generalmajor Walter Bruns

PW NO:          A938911
RANK:            Generalmajor
CAPTURED:   Unknown

DATE:             8th April 1945



DATE OF BIRTH:     15 September 1891

PLACE OF BIRTH:   Kirberg in the County of Limburg

DATE OF DEATH:   15 April 1957


NATIONALITY:       German

RELIGION:                Roman Catholic

OCCUPATION:        Regular Soldier

HEIGHT:                   169cm

WEIGHT:                  68kgs

HAIR COLOUR:       Dark

EYE COLOUR:         Grey-Brown
NEXT OF KIN:         British Zone


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NOTE: Bruns' World War II decorations, if any, are not known. However, he was not a recipient of any high decorations such as the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords, or the German Cross in Gold/Silver. It is probable he received the 1939 Bars to his World War I Prussian Iron Crosses.


The POW, in the photo below, bears an uncanny resemblance to Walter Bruns, but unfortunately, this can't be confirmed. However if it was, then it would serve as further supporting evidence that this officer was definitely a POW at Island Farm.

Brenda Collier with possibly Walter Bruns

Photo courtesy of: Miss Hilda Collier the last surviving of the Collier girls, who was away from Bridgend serving as a Wren at this time

"The picture shows Brenda Collier aged about 17, and probably still a pupil at Bridgend Grammar School. With her an, as yet, unidentified Island Farm Camp detainee. Brenda was one of the three daughters of David and Elizabeth Collier who ran the Talbot Arms Hotel, Newcastle Hill, Bridgend. The building is extant though no longer licensed premises. During the war the Colliers owned land on nearby Park Street, namely Coed Parc ( now the Bridgend Library H.Q.) and the adjacent Elmsfield, being the grounds of a large "gentleman's residence"* which had been earlier gutted by fire. One of my earliest memories is of being taken to spend time with the German Officers who were allowed out of Island Farm Camp to work for local landowners. My grandmother was careful to explain always that they were gentleman from wealthy aristocratic Prussian families and were totally trustworthy. This was born out by the picture that I can just recall being shown by one of them. This was of a large country house with the officer mounted on horseback at the entrance. These men made toys for me out of wood which they decorated with burnt match sticks. One was of a hen and chicks pecking "corn" and was activated by a gentle swinging motion which caused a ball underneath the toy to rotate and pull the heads of the birds downwards by means of cords attached. This is a traditional eastern European toy I believe the design of which still appears now and then today. I was also taken to find birds' nests and we were interested to find eggs both intact and broken. The latter attracted me because of the beautiful iridescent surface of the inner shell. This memory has stayed with me very strongly. I believe that this picture was taken in 1947/8 when I would have been four to five years of age." - account provided by Mrs Rita Tait (Niece of Hilda and Brenda Collier)

Click here to see another tentatively identified photo of Generalmajor Walter Bruns as a prisoner of war at Island Farm