Definition of Oflag in US English:



  • A German prison camp for captured enemy officers.

    Compare with Stalag
    • ‘His letters betrayed little about the grim realities about life behind the wire of Oflag 79 - and had they done so, the information would have been removed by his captors.’
    • ‘He spent about 18 days in the hospital at Mersa Matru and then about three months in Friesing, 20 days at Hohemark, and two weeks at Oflag 21 B.’
    • ‘Allied officers interned in the east German prison camp Oflag IVC - known as Castle Colditz - endure the privations of captivity while attempting to do the apparently impossible: escape.’
    • ‘Writing to London from Oflag IX A / H, he pressed for the return, or at least for the removal to a neutral territory, of those POWs who had also been prisoners in World War I.’
    • ‘British Freemasons, incarcerated in Oflag 79 at Brunswick in Germany, made instruments out of wood stripped from their sleeping bunks and metal pilfered from the debris of bombed buildings.’


German, contraction of Offizier(s)lager ‘officers' camp’.