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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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From the stories they told, many German soldiers were not supportive of the war effort and cutting grass, doing carpentry work and getting 3 squares a day and a safe place to sleep etc., was far better than fighting a war they knew they would eventually lose.


They tried to vette the zealous Nazis and separate them from the other prisoners. There was animosity between the two groups, and at least one case, I believe in Arizona, of them killing each other.


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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Solid 4th post, best 4th post ever.
This post was edited on 11/23 at 5:15 pm


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tigahbruh
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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From the stories they told, many German soldiers were not supportive of the war effort and cutting grass, doing carpentry work and getting 3 squares a day and a safe place to sleep etc., was far better than fighting a war they knew they would eventually lose.


The Italian POWs at Jackson Barracks also preferred POW life to fighting for Il Duce.
They did gardening, laundry, and cook work. Flirted with the female civilian workers.
Several returned to Louisiana soon after the war and married the girls they met in New Orleans while prisoners.

Cool little WW2 story.


bakersman
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
The Louisiana maneuvers project is the reason the traffic circle in BBC Alexandria exists. Residents weren’t allowed to use what is now MacArthur drive, they had to use the service roads. MacArthur drive, was strictly for military use only.


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BorrisMart
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Since the dawn of time Ball has been the world's largest speed trap. Having a heart attack? ticket for 46 in a 45. Your wife is going in labor? ticket for 46 in a 45. But I am pleased to announce that the speed limit is now 55 in Ball. or maybe its 50 now, either way major improvement.


tommy2tone1999
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Donaldsonville also held Nazi POW's in WWII


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footswitch
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Thanks for the thread.
I googled everything I could find on the Ruston camp.


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GMoney91
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Its 55 now but ill be damned if I don't find myself always still going like 45 or 50 at the max through there. Not trying to get stopped


ForLSU56
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Hope it happens. I grew up hearing stories about the stuff that was buried at CC. Would be interesting to have our own backyard "Curse of Camp Claiborne"....LOL


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NPComb
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Is that where Trump put all the gays that the celebrities warned us of in 2015?


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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Speed limit just went up to 55 from 45 and yes, they are still terrible.




I'm convinced they write tickets from the Grant Parish line to I-49.


DemonKA3268
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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I'm convinced they write tickets from the Grant Parish line to I-49


Sure seems like it


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turkish
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
Anybody heard of Camp Van Dorn near Centreville, MS?


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Rick9Plus
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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From the stories they told, many German soldiers were not supportive of the war effort and cutting grass, doing carpentry work and getting 3 squares a day and a safe place to sleep etc., was far better than fighting a war they knew they would eventually lose.


I can only guess that in Nazi Germany, it was either fight for Hitler or end up in a concentration camp yourself for the average young, able bodied man. Wasn’t that a major reason they gave for persecuting the Jews, that they wouldn’t fight in WWI?


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vl100butch
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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The Italian POWs at Jackson Barracks also preferred POW life to fighting for Il Duce.
They did gardening, laundry, and cook work. Flirted with the female civilian workers.
Several returned to Louisiana soon after the war and married the girls they met in New Orleans while prisoners.



my mother lived in Algiers during the war, her observation on POWs was that she never saw a skinny one...


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BorrisMart
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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Its 55 now but ill be damned if I don't find myself always still going like 45 or 50 at the max through there. Not trying to get stopped



You ain't lying I went through the other day knowing it was 55 as I passed through Kingsville and I looked down in Ball and I was going 40... frickers.

And yes, the police are very active in Grant Parish all over. I've had them pop out from behind pine trees with radar guns right on the end of the bridge going over the LaSalle/Grant line, and had the cop car hidden around a curve about 300 yards away to pull you over. unreal.


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Bracer
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
You mean ivory handle gun.


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AtlantaLSUfan
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re: spinoff: POW Camp North of Alexandria in Ball
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Has been a rumor floating around the area that someone is looking into doing a show for the History Channel of finding and digging up some of the "stuff" that was rumored to be buried when Camp Claiborne closed down.

This would explain why police hassle anyone that goes there.


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