German World War II veteran was former prisoner at Crossville POW camp

Crossville, TN served as a prisoner of war camp that housed German prisoners during World War II.  Surprised? Me, too.

Gerhard Hennes was one of those Crossville camp prisoners.

Gerhard Hennes will speak on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the City Room at the Oak Ridge campus at 12:30 p.m. 

He will lecture at 4:30 p.m. at the Roane County campus in room O-202 in the O’Brien Humanities Building. 

Each event is free and open to the public.

The lectures are presented by the Roane State-Bethel University 2+2 education program.

Hennes served as an officer in the German signal corps and fought in the Polish invasion, the Battle of France, and in the North Africa campaign.

In North Africa, Hennes was stationed at the Army headquarters of Erwin Rommel and worked with the famed Panzer leader personally.

Hennes surrendered with the Afrika Korps in 1943 and then spent the rest of the war in 16 POW camps, including more than a year in Crossville.

After the war, he was deported to Germany in 1945, but immigrated back to the U.S. in 1953 and became a citizen in 1958. At 90 years old, he resides in Fredericksburg, Va., and has written four books, including two on his wartime experiences.

For more information, contact Roane State history professor Casey Cobb at or (865) 481-2000, ext. 2205.

Learn more about American POW camps here.
This entry was posted in events, history. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s