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Island Farm, HUT 9 & WW2 related web links

 

IslandFarm.Wales is Brett Exton's fabulous website for Island Farm, Bridgend. Brett is the re-enactor who gives the talk with the slides presentation prior to your guided tour at Hut 9. I think he knows more than almost anyone else put together about the iconic building, the site and its dramatic history; a passionate historian...

The Bridgend Royal Ordnance Factory in Brackla is also a WW2 related website maintained by Richard Williams; another passionate historian and WW2 re-enactor in our Preservation Group. The website is an excellent resource! It is surprising how much history exists around us. Did you know there were near 40,000 people working at the Ordnance factory at its peak? A lot of its workers were actually housed in the Island Farm huts that were initially built for this purpose in 1938.

Hut 9, Island Farm - Virtual tour generated by Panotour - A panoramic 360 degrees view inside and outside Hut 9.

Hut 9, Island Farm POW Camp, Bridgend - video on YouTube Brett Exton (IslandFarm.Wales) discusses the former POW camp at Island Farm, Bridgend, South Wales. The only building that remains is Hut 9 - a Grade II listed building from which 70 Germans escaped in 1945. Brett talks about the historical significance of the building and its potential use as an educational visitor centre. Development of a 'sports village' has been proposed on approximately 52 hectares of land adjoining Hut 9 (www.bridgend.gov.uk/web/groups...). Filmed and produced by Stefan Harris (www.stefanharris.com) for Valley & Vale Community Arts (www.valleyandvalecommunityarts...) in January 2011 and shown at the 'Untold Stories' Holocaust Memorial Day event at The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl later that month. The project was supported by Bridgend County Borough Council (www.bridgend.gov.uk).

Bridgend County Borough Council Historic Hut 9 opens its doors to the public

From the BBC Wales web site, Open Doors Event September 2012 Explore Island Farm Prisoner of War Camp

From BBC News, South West Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-13907658

South Wales Police Museum Island Farm POW Camp prisoners

1940s Swansea Bay Museum Walk through an indoors 1940s Street, try on period clothes and uniforms and let the youngsters do a quiz. Watch the Wartime Britain movie then have a Spam sandwich and Camp coffee in the gift shop cafe! Fun for all ages whatever the weather. Watch a "Guided Video" on YouTube. NEW for 2014: Indoor Great War 1914-18 Memorial Trench & Display

 

The official website for Eden Camp, Modern History Theme Museum. First opened to the public in 1987 and have since, with the help and support of visitors, grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.

Bridgend Heritage. POWs escape from Island Farm. March 10, 1945 — March 11, 1945. http://www.bridgendsheritage.co.uk/our-past.aspx#34

From Glass0ni0n on YouTube, a short video and photos compilation shot during the Hut 9 Open Doors Event, in September 2012.

From VisitPorthcawl.co.uk a page on Hut 9 and a photo album from the Hut 9 Open Doors Event in September 2012.

Hut 9 Island Farm POW Camp 21 Sep 2013 PHOTO ALBUM

The Welsh Great Escape (Channel 4 on Demand) This is a Channel 4 documentary on the Great Welsh Escape from HARTSWOOD FILMS. A must-see programme. It was first broadcasted on CH4 on 30 December 2003. In the night of March 10, 1945 seventy German prisoners, many of them members of the SS, escaped from the POW camp in Bridgend. In this documentary, two of the POWs return to the site to recount their extraordinary story...

“We’ve all heard of The Great Escape, the 1963 movie based on the true story of the most ambitious attempt to abscond from a German prisoner of war camp by Allied servicemen during the second world war. This documentary is a little different, but the story is just as compelling.” The Daily Telegraph.

 

3D Laser Scanner Survey and animation of The Welsh Great Escape tunnel on Vimeo.com/57482799. Captured and presented by TerraDat UK Ltd. using Faro Focus 3D laser scanner. The animation is using Pointools View Pro software. It can also be seen on ArkHive.org.

Island Farm POW Escape Tunnel footage by Nick Russill on Vimeo.com (58373930). It looks amazing! However, the BBC did not use this footage in its Countryfile episode on the Island Farm POW escape tunnel in Bridgend. Nick actually modified a sledge to carry two GoPro Hero video cameras and pushed it up the escape tunnel using flexible drain rods. It shows the excellent state of preservation of the almost 70 year old tunnel. It can also be seen on ArkHive.org

Island Farm Brett Exton video on YouTube by Nicola Lewis. Brett Exton talks about the tunnel and the Welsh Great escape.

Another two short videos on YouTube from Nicola Lewis relating to Bridgend and Hut 9. Von Rundstedt and auntie Ceinwen and First Escapees.

THE WELSH GREAT ESCAPE soundtrack. Original music by Nina Humphreys for Channel 4 (Drama-Documentaries).

Murder and Mystery in Porthcawl? There is an association between HUT 9 and Porthcawl. The Welsh Great Escape of the 70 German POWs in 1945 relates allegedly to a murder in Porthcawl, during the weekend the escape operation took place.

BBC Wales (article 13907658): The POW Camp has become a haven for vandals who have targeted the building.

BBC Wales (article 13894472): Multi-million-pound plans for a major sports village at the site of a former prisoner of war camp in Bridgend have cleared a planning hurdle.

WA-11362 Hut 9 former POW Camp-198 British Listed Buildings.

Gathering the Jewels. Here you will find over 20,000 images of objects, books, letters, aerial photographs and other items from museums, libraries and record offices in Wales.

Porthcawl Museum - WW1 Centenary Exhibition 2nd - 3rd August 2014 https://www.facebook.com/PorthcawlMuseum  and http://www.porthcawlandthegreatwar.com/

From "Peoples' Collection Wales" Collection/646-island-farm-pow-camp-bridgend-1939-1945 and Story/german-great-escape  relate to Wales at War and Island Farm, POW Camp.

Visit People's Collection Wales It is a website full of fascinating photographs, sound recordings, documents, videos and stories about the history and heritage of Wales and its people - it is the first of its kind in Wales.

If you are researching a family member please visit Home - Glamorgan Archives

Contact Glamorgan Archives, telephone 02920 872200 or West Glamorgan Archive Service, telephone 01792 636000

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire.

Here is a link to help educate veterans on the dangers of asbestos exposure:
https://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com/cancer/

And here is a link to another Community Outreach team: www.MesotheliomaVeterans.org. This link www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/mesothelioma/symptoms will take you to the the symptoms page. It is a great starting place for people, seeing whether they have mesothelioma type symptoms.


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