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Siberia to Germany
This is a most
unusual prisoner of war
It was sent by a prisoner held by the United States Army Expeditionary
in the Base Prison Camp in Vladivostok.
I am not sure what the boxed stamp in the stamp's location is.
(It looks like it might be Korean?)
There is also what appears to be a Japanese inscription below along the
right side of the cover.
The cover was censored and received a boxed censor stamp:
It appears that space was provided for the Censor
to sign but
this was not done.
E. F. Siberia
The cover received a U.S. Postal Agency | Siberia duplex cancel.
The cover was destined for Fallersleben east of Hanover and about 20 km
northeast of Braunschwieg.
The addressee would suggest that the letter was to a wife or possibly a
I'm not sure why a German was taken prisoner in this location
but a number of ragtag units from Eastern Europe and the
fled eastward when surrounded by Russian and/or Bolshevik troops during
World War I and its aftermath.
President Wilson ordered an American Expeditionary Force to Siberia on
July 6, 1918.
His rationale was to protect supplies and communications (the
and to aid the Czech Legion stranded in Siberia to return home.
There is an excellent account
U. S. Army in Russia 1918-1920
somewhere in the US Archives.
The link has, however, disappeared. Your help in finding it
would be greatly appreciated.
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