Battle of Bowmanville

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Battle of Bowmanville
Part of World War II
Date October 10–12, 1942
Location Camp 30 in Bowmanville, Ontario
Result Revolt failed


 Nazi Germany

  • 126 German POW
Casualties and losses
1 Veteran's Guard injured Unknown

The Battle of Bowmanville was a 1942 revolt in the Bowmanville prisoner of war camp, Ontario, Canada. The prisoners, most of whom were higher-ranking German officers, objected to the intended shackling of 100 prisoners. The battle lasted for three days.[1]

The camp residents were mostly Germans captured by the British and sent to Canada for internment in anticipation of a potential invasion of Britain. They were guarded by the Veteran's Guard of Canada. The violence began after 126 prisoners were sent to another camp to be shackled as a reprisal for the chaining of Canadian soldiers captured at Dieppe. After a period of hand-to-hand fighting, during which one Canadian guard had his skull fractured, 400 prisoners barricaded themselves in a hall. They remained there for over a day while the guards awaited reinforcements. A group of students at a nearby commando course in Kingston, Ontario arrived on Canadian Thanksgiving, subduing the barricaded prisoners with fire hoses and tear gas.[2]


  1. "Canada's forgotten PoW camps". CBC. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  2. "Prisoners: Battle of Bowmanville". Time Magazine. 26 October 1942. Retrieved 29 August 2011.