The Cell in Vladimir by Charles Wood



On 2 September 1944, a German Wehrmacht Liaison Officer was captured by the Russians in Bucharest. His name was Lieutenant-Colonel Heinz-Helmut von Hinckeldey and he was to remain a “war convict” of the Soviets until 1955. For 11 years, Heinz-Helmut von Hinckeldey had to endure the deprivation – both physical and psychological – of imprisonment; the filth and squalor of the cells, in which he was kept; the agony of isolation and repeated self-examination; and the pain of ignorance, of not knowing if his motherland (Germany) still existed or whether those he loved, ever realized that he was alive. The personal Story that, like countless others, would never have been told, had it not been for the admiration and fascination built up over time by the Author, Charles Wood

Charles Wood was commissioned into The King’s Own Scottish Borderers (25th Foot). He attended the prestigious British Army Staff College at Camberley and was selected, as his first Staff Job, to be The Military Assistant to Major-General Heinz-Helmut von Hinckeldey, The Chief of Staff at HQ Northern Army Group at Moenchengladbach, Northern Germany. Later in his career, he commanded a rifle company in 1KOSB, became its Second in Command and, as a Lieutenant-Colonel, commanded the 6th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Charles is an accomplished downhill skier, artist and bagpipe player. In addition, he is fluent in German. He, together with Isabel, lives outside of Crieff in Perthshire.

Isolation Will power • Uncertainty • Endurance • Deprivation • Fortitude • Injustice • Resistance
  • Hardback with Jacket: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Riverside Publishing Solutions
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-913012-38-0
  • Hardback, A4 size (440 pages)


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