The final nine WWII prisoner of war huts in the southeast section of Camp Perry last week are finally gone.
The approximately 965 huts were constructed in 1943 to house German and Italian prisoners of war. The last POWs were repatriated to their home countries in 1946, and the huts were often used to house competitive shooters competing in the National Rifle and Pistol Matches.
The nine remaining huts were saved for a period of time as historic examples and might be used as a models for the construction of a replica in the future.
There were 380 huts that housed more than 1,600 Italian POWs located on the west side of Camp Perry and 585 huts that housed about 2,500 German POWs (some of them from Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps) on Camp Perry’s east side.
The final nine wood-framed structures survived 78 years of Camp Perry wind and weather on the Lake Erie shoreline and served the housing needs of countless participants in the annual National Matches each summer.
Spent many family vacations at Camp Perry, while my Dad was on the rifle range in those huts. Had the best time, too bad they couldn’t be saved. Too much tearing down, and building new. A shame.