Aliceville POW Camp Reenactment
Join us for the WWII Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp Reenactment! From 1943 through 1945 over 6,000 German were housed at one of the largest Prisoner of War (POW) camps in the USA located near Aliceville, Alabama. To commemorate the arrival of the first POWs nearly 80 years ago, and to celebrate Aliceville’s major contribution to the war effort, reenactors portraying German POWs, American MP's and Alabama State Troopers will present a recreation of the WWII camp. Spectators are encouraged to get into the spirit of the event by wearing 1940s style clothing. The festivities begin with a WWII movie at the Aliceville Entertainment Complex at 6:30pm on Friday. At 9:30am on Saturday, the reenactors will arrive at the former site of the Aliceville Frisco depot at the railroad crossing on 3rd Avenue NW, and commence the march along AL Hwy 17 to the site of the original camp, now the Aliceville Industrial Park as spectators look on. After a welcoming ceremony at 10:00am, the reenactors will proceed to the mock camp site along Memorial Parkway at the Broad Street intersection, where they will engage in a variety of activities depicting life at the camp. Spectators are encouraged to communicate with the reenactors through the fence as they carry on their daily activities. At 6:00pm Saturday there will be a USO Dinner Dance at the Aliceville City Hall featuring swing music by the Drew White Orchestra for listening and dancing and dinner by local caterers. 1940s era clothing encouraged, but not required. Admission $25 – tickets available online or at the Aliceville Museum. On Sunday reenactors will present more camp-life scenarios.
Schedule of Events
Spectators are encouraged to dress in 1940s attire!
Friday, May 19
WWII era Movie-Tobruk with George Peppard and Rock Hudson , Cartoon, War Newsreel @ Aliceville Entertainment complex, 210 Broad Street NE, Aliceville
Saturday, May 20
POW March & Event Welcome - 3rd Ave NW Railroad Crossing along Alabama Highway 17 South to original POW camp site @ Aliceville Industrial Park
Reenactment Camp Site - Memorial Parkway & Broad St
Watch Various Scenarios of POW activities
- roll call, mock Rommel Funeral, escape attempt, music, soccer match, etc
Admission $25 per person
USO Dinner Dance with Swing Music by the Drew White Orchestra @ Aliceville City Hall, 419 Memorial Parkway NE, Aliceville. Purchase tickets at the Aliceville Museum or securely online @ eventbrite.
Sunday, May 21
Reenactment Camp Site -Roll Call followed by Church Call
Allied vs Axis Skirmish (Battle at El Alamein and German Surrender)
Join us for a guest lecture series sponsored by the Aliceville Museum and the University of Alabama, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) . It will be held on Saturday, May 20, 10 am - 3 pm at the Aliceville Entertainment Complex, 210 Broad St, NE (one block North of Aliceville Museum). Lecture topics and presenters include:
- Overview of the Aliceville Prisoner of War Camp-1942-1945 by Ruth Beaumont Cook
- Essential Work: The German POW Labor Program in WWII by Ann Shields
- My Father's Life as a POW in Camp Aliceville by Helga Warren
- Historiography and Leadership: Honoring WWII American Combat Soldiers from West Alabama by Monty J. Thornburg.