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14 Amplifier Unit

On 15 April at the request of GSO, 11 Armoured Division, 14 Amplifier Unit joined 23 Hussars and accompanied them into the “neutral zone” of Belsen Concentration Camp.
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The unit entered the camp at 1500 hrs, being the first British unit to do so and announced on the orders of GOC 8 Corps that, owing to the prevalence of injection (sic) disease, the inmates of the camp could not be immediately released, but that medical aid and food were being rushed up. (A copy of special report rendered to GSO(Ia) 8 Corps is attached to appendix [Appendix missing from war diary]). 14 Amplifier Unit remained in Belsen concentration camp from 15-29 April, carrying out the following main tasks: Interpreting for and assisting Lt.Col. Taylor, CO 63 ATK Regiment RA, the first British commandant of the camp in conversations with SS and Wehrmacht personnel; use of loud-speaker to restore order in the camp; organisation of inmates for first distribution of food in the camp; arrest of collaborators from among inmates of the camp; organisation of an interpreters pool from among inmates of the camp, the marshalling of the first 3,000 “healthy” women evacuated from the camp to the Panzer Training School (in cooperation with 250 Mil. Gov. Det.); allotting of evacuated people to new quarters, carried out by Sgt E. A. Clyne of 14 Amplifier Unit (in co-operation with 904 Mil. Gov. Det.)

Liberation of Bergen Belsen
he British Army arrives at Belsen concentration camp. German and Hungarian guards stand at the camp entrance as German Wehrmacht troops (wearing white armbands) enter the camp under the truce agreement reached with the British on 12 April 1945. On the right is a vehicle equipped with loudspeakers from 14 Amplifier Unit, Intelligence Corps under the command of Lt Derrick Sington. This vehicle, accompanied by vehicles of 63rd Anti Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery, was the first to enter the camp and was used to inform the camp inmates that the camp was now under British control. IWM: BU3929

Civilian interrogations were carried out during April, on the following subjects:- war-weariness in Westphalia; German listening into the BBC; German treatment of foreign workers; looting in OSNABRUECK; cinema and printing facilities in GREVEN and LENGERICH. Two anti-Nazi Germans, each of whom had spent several years in political prisons or in concentration camps, were interrogated.

Monthly Report (in lieu of war diary) of 14 Amplifier Unit and 19 Leaflet Unit for the month of May 1945

From 1-13 May 14 Amplifier Unit and 19 Leaflet Unit were held in reserve with 8 Corps, in LUBECK. On 13 May at the request of Col. Spottiswode M.G., the units returned to BELSEN-CAMP.
Between 13 May and 31 May the units organised the following facilities at Belsen: A library of 400 books in Camp 3; adult classes in the English language (organised and run by Sgt H.H. Harrison of this unit). Assistance was given to officials of the British Red Cross in the organisation of an international concert of singing and dancing, given by the inmates of the camp in Belsen Camp No 3.

Amplifier announcements were made in Belsen Camp during the month.

About 2,000 copies of 21 Army Group multi-lingual news bulleting were affixed in Belsen Camps 3 and 4, and 1,000 copies of the paper “Mitteilungen”.

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This archive has been established after my own relative, Reg Price, took part in the liberation and subsequent humanitarian effort of Bergen Belsen in April 1945. Reg produced this famous sign at Belsen. As part of the 113th DLI, Reg and his comrades were at Belsen for 5 weeks and left when the last hut was empty and ceremonially burnt down. This archive compiles all available resources to build a lasting tribute to all the men and women who helped - any unit, any nationality. If you have a relative, or any info, on the relief effort at Belsen, we’d love you to please get in touch. Email us: you Nick Price CreativesFacebookTwitter