Story: Military and sport

Athletics at Stalag VIIIB, Lamsdorf, Germany, 1943

Athletics at Stalag VIIIB, Lamsdorf, Germany, 1943

Prisoners of war, including New Zealanders, hold a sports day at Stalag VIIIB, at Lamsdorf, near Teschen, Germany. The sports meeting was held on the August bank holiday in 1943. For prisoners of war, sports were important as a way of maintaining morale and passing the long periods of tedium in captivity.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
Reference: DA-10725-F
Photograph by C. E. Chetwin

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Ian McGibbon, 'Military and sport - Second World War and after', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 November 2021)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 5 Sep 2013