Footprints of Italian Prisoners of War

Following is a link to the list of articles on the website. They are in a ‘rough’ chronological order. This will allow you to follow the journey of the Italian soldier from recruitment through to repatriation.

From Egypt

Egypt to India


Geneifa Egypt


Italian Prisoners of War in India

A very good reference to life for Italian Prisoners of War in India can be found at Maddy’s Ramblings  Maddy also relates the story of Filippo Casella who had been imprisoned in India, returned to Italy then made his way to Australia.  The purchase of a small vineyard in 1966 was the beginning of Casella Wines and its well known brand Yellow Tail.

List of Camps in India

India and UK

Italian Prisoners of War and Internees in India

Indian Camp Currency


Italian POWs arrive in Bombay


India: Ramgarh

Arrival at Bombay

Poona India

In India

Prigioniero in India. La storia di De Bellis Federico.

Kenya Prisoner of War Camps

Prigionieri in Kenia


The Italian Farming Soldiers by Alan Fitzgerald  published in 1981, it is the first comprehensive book on the subject of Italian prisoners of war in Australia

History of Directorate of Prisoners of War and Internees

Employment of Enemy PW and Internees

Remo and Romolo

South Australia

From Tobruk to Clare  is the story of Luigi Bortolotti as recorded in this diary manuscript.


S13 Hostel – Mt GambierMt BurrPenola  Prisoners of war were employed by Conservator of Forestry.  S13 Prisoner of War Control Hostel Another reference for – Mt Gambier

Internment in South Australia



V3 Wakool Hostel 

Wakool Rice Harvest

GippslandColacFrancesco Ponzoni, North East VictoriaBete Bolong Orbost,

Victorian POW CampsBroadfordLeongatha and Adolfo AllariaMurchison,  Graytown

Leongatha and Warragul

Umberto Cofrancesco’s biography covers fighting in North Africa, capture and treatment, life in POW Camp India, transfer to Australia, working in Victoria and repatriation.

Koo Wee Rup 1 and Koo Wee Rup 2 Hostel

V13 Maffra Vincenzo Esposito (b. 1920)

V 6 Orbost Hostel (Bete Bolong)

Myrtleford Camp 5 (for officers)


Italian POWS in North West TasmaniaQuamby BrookLulworth the story of Augusto Silvestri, West ScottsdaleBrighton Army CampLuigo Pezzotti

Brighton Army Camp History


Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt : Echoes of Italian Voices Family Histories from Queensland’s Granite Belt edited by Francesco and Morwenna Arcidiacono (a chapter on the Stanthorpe POWs)

Kingaroy: We Remember, Italian Prisoners of War 1944/45 by Docas Grimmet (collection of Kingaroy residents’ memories)

Q6 Home Hill Francesco Cipolla

Wallangarra German POWs from Kormoran

New South Wales

The Cowra Family History Group  is happy to assist researchers with information on prisoners of war at the Cowra PW & I Camp. Their research staff can be contacted at:

Cowra PW & I Camp:  Cowra,  Carlo Vannucci at Cowra ,

N1 Connabaraban: Connabaraban page 15 – 17 Coonabaraban

N2 Parkes

N3 Toogimbie / Riley’s Bend,

N5 Canowindra: Adriano Zagonara , Canowindra Bruno Dell Amico,

N8 Orange – Michele Ostorero,Mick Camarda,

N11 Glen Innes: Pietro Gargano at Glen Innes Ch 6 Page 90,  Glen Innes

N13 PWCC Moss Vale: Moss Vale POWs 

N 16 Mudgee

N17 Wellington: Giacomo Rizzello at Wellington , N17 Wellington

N18 Temora Nunzio Marotta

N19 Inverell: Alessandro Luciani at Inverell ,

N20 Murwillumbah: North and North West,

N25 Lismore Koonorigan Wallace Jackson,

N26 Taree  N4 Armidale or N19 Inverell

N27 Gunnedah Only Our Gloves On  by Pat Studdy-Clift : Donato Capezio, Michele Maido;  Don Capezio,

N27 Gunnedah: Frank Foster and POWs,

N32 Ingleburn Hostel,

N34 St Ives: St Ives Hostel and Rick Pisaturo,

N35 Bathurst: Bathurst Hostel Funeral and Deaths,

Western Australia

Corrigin War Memories

NorthamPrisoner of War Hut West Bruce RockRosemary Johnston Research,  Karrakatta

A book by Bill Bunbury, Rabbits and Spaghetti, tells the story of  Internees and Prisoners of War using local stories, experiences and memories.


Zonderwater South Africa

A number of testimonials have been written by Italian POWs at this camp, but their experiences and thoughts would be similar to all Italian POWs regardless of where they were sent.  These shared memories especially for their time as a soldier is worth reading.

Zonderwater Prisoner of War Camp and Museum

The Story of Zonderwater

England POW Camps

POW Camps UK

Embroidery Made by POW

Harperley Camp Durham and Pingley Farm POW Camp 81 Lincolnshire

WW2 POW Camps Britain

Eden Camp


Prisoners of WW2 in the USA