Otto Ludwig Zwieback – Memories

Otto Ludwig Zwieback – born in Vienna, Austria, 25th January 1912

Profession in country of origin: unknown

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Austria in 1939

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Otto Zwieback was a prisoner in Dachau in 1938.

In 1939 he immigrated to Britain; he was noted as being “strongly anti-Nazi” and given the status ‘Enemy Alien-Exempt from Internment’.

In December 1939 Otto was employed on Hill Farm – a fruit farm – at Boseford, Suffolk.

Otti was a Private in the pioneer Corps, Pte. 13801252, based out of Velindre, Llandysul, Cardiganshire, with a civilian address in Newton, Suffolk.

From around 1940, Otto Ludwig Zwieback was known as Roger Louis Stanley.

He began military service on 6 February 1940 at Kitchener camp in Kent. He enlisted in the Royal Auxilary Pioneer Corps. 87 Company , 65 Group. S/N 13046380.

The 87 Company saw military action against the German army around Le Havre and Rennes, France, and was later evacuated from St. Malo (the Dunkirk evacuation/Operation Dynamo).

The 87 company, Pioneer Corps, was stationed at various locations around London in the Blitz target areas of the Luftwaffe.

Otto was then transferred to the British Royal Armoured Corps (the tank corps), 253 Coy, PC, w.e.f., on 14.07.1943

Otto was awarded: 1. British 1939-45 Star; 2. France and Germany Star; 3. Defence Medal; 4. War Medal. Considered for service in the British Military Special Operations Executive (SOE) in 1941, but found not suitable.

In 1946 Otto was released from active army service, but remained in the Reserves. He was removed from the Reserves list in 1954.

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