Bill Rudd is a researcher focused on Australian POW in Europe during WWII. As VX39694 Sergeant Bill Rudd, 9th Division RAE, he was taken POW whilst attached to the 2/28th Battalion in an attack on Ruin Ridge, El Alamein on the night of July 29 1942. Imprisoned in First Campo 57 – Gruppignano, Bill later escaped from Campo 106/Vercelli to Switzerland. He was discharged from the AIF in London in July 1945 and returned to Europe with UNRAA.
Based on the premise of Hitler’s imminent defeat, the agenda of the Yalta Conference of February 1945 was basically about the partition of post-war Europe, but that same tide confirmed that there was little the Allies could do about the physical Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. The exact number of Soviet citizens and POW liberated […]