His father was Ralph Johnson who was a POW for five years
My father Ralph Johnson was a member of the 2/5 Australian General Hospital Unit.
He was captured on his 21st birthday in Greece on the 27 April 1941.
In December 1941 my father along with many others, were loaded into cattle trucks for the nine day journey to Torun, where he spent the next three and a half years in various POW camps, with the majority of the time in Fort XV, Torun.
Dad did not speak about his experiences for 30 years after his return, and it was in the later years of his life that he shared his experiences in a book he wrote for his family.
We are extremely grateful that he did this, as without his recollections we would have little knowledge of his experiences.
So it was with mixed feelings that my wife Rhonda and I, decided that we would visit the town of Torun in Poland, the site of where he spent most of his time as a German POW.