HANS-GEORG VON SEIDEL
(1891-1955) German General der Flieger who oversaw the organization, armament, maintenance, and supply of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Great association yet cryptic A.L.S. on integral address leaf prisoner of war stationery, 1p., 12.75 x 6 in. (open), Island Farm Prison Camp, Bridgend, South Wales, Dec. 27, 1947, in German. During the last year of his Allied captivity and as leader of high-ranking prisoners at Special Camp 11, von Seidel appeals on behalf of Field Marshal PAUL LUDWIG EWALD VON KLEIST to Major Frederick Bieri, Chief Delegate to the London Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In part: '…May the year of 1948 be your year of the last P.O.W. in England, so that you, too, may be able to go home...I am very glad that F.M. v. R. [Field Marshal GERD VON RUNDSTEDT] had the opportunity to visit his very ill son in Hannover...A very important matter bothers me. A short time ago I received a letter from a gentleman from Camp Neustadt (U.S. Zone), which contained brief news that Mrs. von Kleist received from her husband through unknown sources…The old firm would have taken him back months ago…So nothing may be changed…The news before last of von Kleist to his wife was in February when he was very optimistic about the end of his stay in B. Perhaps his 'activity' in B. then was ended. Since that time he is waiting. If I interpret this correctly, he is possibly in [?] for a while longer…With [von Rundstedt's] permission and because of comrade-relationship/and human responsibility I find it necessary to let you know about these developments and I am asking you to try to take whatever steps you may find necessary in this matter…'. Very good.