Research

This blog post is the work of summer intern Joe Everitt, who has been mapping the home addresses of the Skipton prisoners. Alongside exploring the injuries and illnesses suffered by the prisoners from Skipton camp, my fellow intern Alice and I have also spent time researching where the prisoners lived....

On 12th July actor Wolf Kahler, the grandson of the senior German officer in the Skipton prisoner-of-war camp, Fritz Sachsse, officially opened our new information board and gave a moving speech in which he shared his personal memories of his grandfather. The event was attended by around 150 people including...

This summer we have two student interns working on the project. One of them, Alice Craft, has been looking at the extent of the injuries and illness among the Skipton prisoners: As the translation of Kriegsgefangen in Skipton is receiving its final touches ready for publication, two student interns on...

This week is the centenary of the arrival of the first German officers to Raikeswood Camp. On January 17th, 19th and 21st 1918 50 prisoners each day travelled by train from the camp at Colsterdale, 5 miles west of Masham, where they had been held following their capture on the...

On 17 November 1917 at 4.10 p.m. German submarine U.58 was preparing to attack a convoy off the Irish coast which was being escorted by two American destroyers, USS Fanning and USS Nicholson. A look-out on board USS Fanning had momentarily sighted about a foot of the U-boat’s periscope sticking...

Heligoland is a small island some 30 miles off the north German coast. It was occupied by the British from 1807 until 1890 when it was ceded to Germany. On 17 November 1917 German minesweepers were clearing a passage through British minefields in Heligoland Bight. They were guarded by a...

After 99 days and 3 hours allied troops began to enter Passchendaele village itself – a journey of some 5 miles from their starting-off point on 31 July – an advance quite literally conducted at snail’s pace. It would take another 4 days before the entire ridge would be secured....

Captain Lieutenant Claus Lafrenz was captured when his submarine UC 65 was torpedoed by British submarine C15 in the English Channel. Five of the crew survived while 23 died. Lafrenz had been born and bred on the island of Fehmarn which lies in Baltic Sea, but is connected to the...