This year, 2018, marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in North Africa and the defeat of the German Afrika Korps. It resulted in the capture of some 275,000 enemy soldiers. Many of these men were in the first great wave of German prisoners of war to arrive in America. By the time World War II ended in 1945, more than six hundred German POW camps had sprung up across America holding a total of 371,683 POWs. One of these camps was established at the U.S. Army's training installation Camp Cooke on June 16, 1944.
The POW base camp at Cooke operated sixteen branch camps in six of California's fifty-eight counties and is today the site of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. Compared to other prisoner of war camps in California, Camp Cooke generally held the largest number of German POWs and operated the most branch camps in the state.
This book is the compelling story of fourteen German soldiers who were captured during the campaigns in North Africa and Europe, and then sat out the remainder of the war as POWs in California. It is a firsthand account told by the former prisoners themselves about life as a POW in America, with special emphasis on Camp Cooke, and the lasting impression it had on them. The story is told against the backdrop of the nationwide POW program managed by the U.S. War Department.
I am the author of German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California, and will be happy to autograph a copy of my book for you.
Softcover 6 x 9
280 pages with more than 50 vintage photos
ISBN: 9781620067505 (Softcover)
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Published by Sunbury Press in March 2018, it can also be purchased directly from the publisher or from online booksellers, including Amazon. At Amazon, you can read excerpts from my book and customer reviews. http://sunburypress.com/sunbury-press-releases-german-prisoners-of-war-at-camp-cooke-california-by-jeffrey-e-geiger/
Here is a current review of my book: http://cervinscentralcoast.blogspot.com/2018/10/fyi-wwii-pows-in-santa-barbara.html
Please also see my other book, CAMP COOKE AND VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE at Amazon and available from me with Free Shipping.