Camp Beale (California) USA POW Camp
A German prisoner of war base camp opened at Beale in May 1944. Initially, several dormitories and storehouses were converted by construction crews into a prison camp. It would grow to seventeen barracks, four mess halls, a canteen, six storehouses and a chapel. The capacity of the Beale camp was 1200 German soldiers. Branch camps were established in Northern California at Arbuckle, Colusa County, CA (200 Germans); Chico (Camp), Butte County, CA (475 Germans); Davis, Yolo County, CA (250 Germans); Napa, Napa County, CA (250 Germans) and Windsor, Sonoma County, CA (250 Germans). All of the camps provided agriculture manpower to local farms and ranchers. German POW’s at Beale also provided manpower for base support operations. All of these camps were closed by July 1946. Chits were issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents.
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