Camp Ellis USA POW Camp

Camp Ellis, IL

Camp Ellis was located near Smithville , Illinois and opened August 1943 and closed March 1946.  It housed over 5000 German POWs some of which were Austrian.  There were also 107 POWs who were determined to be of Polish descent and were returned to England to rejoin the Free Polish forces.  Chits were issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50  cents.  Also pictured are two slips from the inside of a chit booklet from the camp

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