Death camp Britons

Gavin Mortimer tells the story of three men who found themselves in the Second World War's equivalent of hell on Earth – a Nazi concentration camp...

Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Austria

This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

Bombardier Alf Jones was one of the ‘old sweats’ of the 23rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. He’d enlisted in 1931, aged 17, and served three years in India before joining the reserve list in 1938. Returning to his native Port Talbot, Jones worked in the tin mines but he re-enlisted on the outbreak of war. A few weeks later, at the end of September 1939, Jones and his regiment sailed for France and were ordered to dig-in close to the Maginot Line.

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