In the early winter of 1945, Lt. B.F. Huckins and hundreds of other American and British prisoners of war were forced to march over 400 miles from Stalag Luft III to Stalag VIIA in Germany. His boots wore down, but protected his feet throughout the ordeal. When he returned home Lt. B.F. Huckins wanted to immortalize the boots that saved his life, and bronzed them. The boots represent the core attributes of prisoners of war: perseverance, sacrifice, and memory.

Eminent Figure: Benjamin F. Huckins


  • Title: Boots
  • Contributor: Andersonville National Historic Site
  • Park Website: Park Website
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: ANDE 3248
  • Measurements: L 31 .5, W 1.0, H 9.5 cm; B: L 31 .5, W 0.5, H 8.4 cm
  • Material: Leather, bronze
  • Cultural Group or Period: World War II

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