March 1944-Bulgarian guards of Camp#1 ( Courtesy of D. Evrov)
The POW camp was under the jurisdiction of the Shumen Garrison Commander - General Georgi Kovachev. In charge for it were Commandants of the Shumen garrison. Till May 3rd 1944 the Garrison Commandant was Colonel Yordan Ivanov Panayotov (Not interrogated by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944), and after that date - Lieutenant Colonel Vasil Todorov Voyvodov ( Interrogated but NOT accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944). The Garrison Commandant was the one to assign the POW Camp Commandant. Camp Commandants were either officers or warrants, assigned for a period of one or two months. These were the POW Camp Commandants in order of assignment:
1. Warrant officer Georgi Asenov Georgiev from 5th Division Artillery Regiment (November 25th 1943 – January 10th 1944). Not accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944.
2. 2nd Lieutenant Petar Kirilov Petrov from 3rd Army Artillery Regiment (January 10th 1944 – February 10th 1944). Not interrogated and not accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944.
3. 2nd Lieutenant Dragomir Nikolov Evrov from 4th Construction Battalion (February 10th 1944 – March 11th 1944). Not interrogated and accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944.
4. Warrant officer Kiril Kostadinov Kiryakov from 7th Infantry Regiment (March 11th 1944 – May 11th 1944). Not interrogated and not accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944.
5. 2nd Lieutenant Pano Zisov Hristov from 3rd Engineer Regiment (May 11th 1944 – July 15th 1944). Accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944.
6. 2nd Lieutenant Ivan Stefanov Vladikin from 5th Division Artillery Regiment (July 15th 1944 – September 6th 1944). He was replaced for 10 days by Warrant Piperov from the same regiment. Accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1945.
7. 2nd Lieutenant Georgi Nikolov Visokov from 10th Auxiliary Squadron (September 6th 1944 – September 9th 1944). Not interrogated and not accused by Gen. HALL's mission in 1944.
The position of POW Camp Commandant was closed by Order No. 25, dated September 25th 1944, because all POWs were dismissed from the camp on September 8th.
Bulgarian soldiers in front of the the barrack on Ilchov hill near Shumen in May 1944, before it was reconstructed for POW camp #2(Courtesy of former cook Lazar Rousev)
THE MISSION OF GENERAL HALL IN BULGARIA 1944-45
BULGARIAN ARCHIVE DOCUMENTS