Reply To: First World War letters -Anyone able to help Dr Max Herresthal with information


I would not rule out Biysk.

Biysk may have been out of the way but it had a POW camp for Austro-Hungarians.

Tomsk had a POW camp as well.  It is also out of the way in that it lies 50 km north of the Trans-Siberian Railway.  Railway access from Tomsk to the Trans-Siberian Railway is through Tayga.

I can imagine a military train taking POWs along the Trans-Siberian Railway from the west to the camps in the east, detouring to the various POW camps and placing prisoners in the various camps according to nationality and whether they were enlisted men or officers.

I wish you good luck on your search.