Wandering around Grenada MS
Spent a good bit of time doing some training around the Camp McCain area recently. Mc Cain is now a National Guard base but several outlying areas are forgotten. On a long lunch I wandered around in the woods near Grenada Lake and stumbled over the old POW camp from WWII.
The camp housed upto 7700 German and Italian POWS, many former members of the Afrika Korps captured in 1943. These soldiers were not paroled and sent back home till 1946.
Row after row of concrete post blocks. These were the foundations for the wooden barracks that housed the EPWs. There are dozens of sets of these stretching through the woods for miles.
the barracks skeletons are all clustered around a large concrete slab building, perhaps 200-feet long with a 18-inch tall step-up. Odds are this was the Dining facility/auditorium.
Hmm…rows of 55-gal drums cut in half and buried in the ground..yup, I know a latrine when I see one!
Demolished pillboxes on the outskirts are just missing the M1919 Browning Light Machine guns to be effective again…and some slight repair.
Cast off items like old bottles, buckles, etc abound in the leaves. I left them as I found them tho. bad juju.
The forests have closed in on the camp with hardly any sunlight reaching the floor. In time even these remains will be lost, the memory of this WWII site lost in the leaves.
That’s a cool piece of history. Wonder what the Germans though about the skeeters, poison ivy and chiggers of the American South?
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