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    Hi,

    This is a very interesting soldiers pay book: was issued to a Jew who escaped Nazi Germany to British Palestine in the 1930's and then joined the British army to fight the war. He was then caught by the Germans in North Africa and sent to a POW camp: Stalag 344 in Lamsdorf near Breslau and was released, possibly due to being injured in late 1944.

    I attached scans of his soldiers pay book and POW document.

    Neil.
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    Hi Neil, that is a very nice and interesting "AB64". Thanks for sharing it.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Thanks Ade.

    "AB64"...?

    Neil.

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    AB 64

    Army Book 64 (Soldiers pay book)

    Gary J.

    (The top right of the book you have has been cut off, ... this is where it would say "Army Book 64")

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    Hi Neil, here is one of mine for you to see.

    In fact, you can read all about it here:

    http://warrelics.eu/forum/ussr-weste...html#post46432

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Great Post!

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    Unusual to see a paybook with the persons original german name. Most in the same boat opted to have an alias in case of capture. Most having already escaped nazi tyranny were under no illusions about their treatment if it were discovered they were jewish. Doublely brave. A lot of jews who fled to this country prior to the outset of ww2 found themselves interned often with committed nazi supporters. Those who wanted to fight found the british establishment less than helpful but after much struggle a pioneer unit was established where it was thought that any planted 5th columnists, spys, were less likely to have access to useful information. Some were plucked from this unit and used by soe as agents, their language skills and the ability to blend in to a continental setting if sent to europe were priceless. Their military skills were also useful after the war in israel.

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    Thanks for the interesting info.

    Here is another example of a British Mandate of Palestine women's pay book, 2 examples.

    The last 2 items are interesting:

    It's the newly formed State of Israel army's enlistment/pay book from 1948, he was discharged due to injuries while on service in WW2, joining the British Palestine army. The other item is his discharge from the Israeli "security service", similar to the British MI5, also due to medical reasons. Last, his WW2 photo.

    Neil.
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