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    World War II American Prisoner of War Archive of Captain Craig D. Campbell, aide-de-camp to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. This large archive covers all facets of Captain Campbell's military service from the issuance of his Selective Service card (included), training, and deployment to North Africa as a member of Eisenhower's staff, capture, captivity in German prisoner of war camp Oflag 64, liberation by Russian troops, return to service as an aide-de-camp to Eisenhower, and eventual discharge from the Army. Among the hundreds of items included in the archive are more than one hundred letters and photographs from the P.O.W. camp, and original copies of the camp newspaper, The Oflag 64 Item. There is an inscribed and signed 7½" x 9¾" photograph of Eisenhower that reads, "To Capt. Craig Campbell - My former aide - with best wishes, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Germany 1945"; a period patch from Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force; a receipt to "General Eisenhower" from Simpson & Son (Livery Outfitters) of London for "4 sets of medal ribbons"; a receipt to "General Dwight D. Eisenhower" from Peal and Co., boot makers, of London for "1 Pr. Brown Field Boots, well eased left bunion and cleaned / Own Trees, added bunion to left." Most items fine or better.

    Lieutenant Craig D. Campbell (1915-2001) began serving as Brigadier General Eisenhower's aide in 1941. He accompanied the general on trips, arranged for transportation and accommodations, and managed appointments and correspondence. In June 1943, Campbell was taken prisoner by the Nazis. For twenty-two months he was imprisoned at Oflag 64, the German P.O.W. camp at Szubin, Poland. During that time he desperately tried to keep his close association with Eisenhower secret, but finally, after eighteen months, he was discovered. During the next four months, though, Nazi Germany collapsed and Oflag 64 was abandoned, leaving the P.O.W.s in the care of the liberating Russians. After Campbell resigned from the military at the end of World War II, he and Eisenhower remained friends until the president's death in 1969.


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    July, 2009
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