A Short History of Junkers Camp, Bettenhausen, KasselDonald F. McGonigal, UNRRA, 1947 (monograph)

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(July 1 to December 31, 1945)


MMLA ( Mission Militaire pour le Liaison Alliee ).

On July 1, 1945, UNRRA Teams Nos. 717 and 718, formerly two MMLA teams, arrived at Junkers Camp and combined under the leadership of Miss Yvonne Tabard, 1st Lt., French Army, leader of the first group, as UNRRA Team 717. The composition of these two group was as follows:

Team 717

Miss Y. Tabard, 1st Lt., French Army - Director - French
Miss A. Levert - Asst.Welf.Off. - French
Miss L. Portman, 2nd Lt., French Army - Welfare Off. - Swiss
Miss P. Duffreysseix - Cook - French

Team 719

Miss C.M.A. Fustier, 1st Lt., French Army - Dep. Director - French
Miss E. Vinot - Supply Off. - French
Miss J.M.A. Duesberg - Asst.Welf.Off. - Belgian
Miss J. Bion - Messing Off. - French
Miss A. Chicoix, alias Mougnet - Nurse - French

All these girls, other than the commissioned officers, held one non-commissioned rank or another in the French Army. Under the terms of their induction into UNRRA which had taken place a short time before, they had been permitted to retain their military rank and their French military uniform. They wore MMLA shoulder flashes, and their sedans were marked "French Liaison". They were said to have done excellent work under conditions of considerable hardship and danger in the earliest days of the DP operation when attached to the American First Army, and they had served, among other places, in Buchenwald concentration camp. Miss Tabard and Miss Portman had both been decorated with the Bronze Star, and Miss Tabard has also won the Belgian Croix de Guerre. Miss Portman was 20, and Miss


This content transcribes an original report of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), a separate copy of which is filed in the United Nations Archives (UNA), Reference number: S-1021-0081-05, Title: Monographs - DP-US 20 - Displaced Persons - United States Zone (Germany) - Histories of Individual Camps - History Report No. 30, Report: Baltin Camp in Bettenhausen, Kassel by D. F. McGonigal, Date: April 13, 1945. The UNA grants rights to reproduce with attribution. Additionally, this content is protected as a derivative work under Latvian Copyright Law Chapter 2 § 5 ¶ 3 and as part of a collection under Chapter 3 § 5 ¶ 1.2.

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