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Mess line, German POW camp.

Mess line in the German POW section of the 21st General Hospital in Bou Hanifia, Algeria, as seen by prisoner Walter Kohnlein. The German prisoners were housed in Nissen hut buildings within a guarded stockade. The Grand Hotel, in the background, housed the main medical facilities and administrative offices of the 21st General Hospital while the unit was stationed in North Africa. The watercolor was drawn by German POW Walter Kohnlein and is signed and dated by the artist.

Kohnlein, Walter

Fata Morgana.

A 'fata morgana' or mirage, envisioned by a prisoner in the German POW section of the 21st General Hospital in Bou Hanifia, Algeria. The watercolor shows the Nissen hut buildings used to house the POWs; the Grand Hotel is in the background. The watercolor was drawn by German POW Walter Kohnlein and is signed, dated, and titled by the artist.

Kohnlein, Walter

Benjamin H. Charles examining patients.

Maj. Benjamin H. Charles examines patients in the POW section of the 21st General Hospital, Bou Hanifia, Algeria. The German POW section admitted over 2,000 patients from the time it opened in late April 1943 until the unit left North Africa seven months later. That represented over 13% of the total number of patients treated by the 21st General Hospital during that period. The artist, Walter Kohnlein, was a German POW being held at the 21st General Hospital. Picture is signed and dated by the artist.

Kohnlein, Walter