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Left above knee peg leg made from leather and wood in Stalag VIIIB/344

During his imprisonment in the German prisoner of war camp Stalag VIIIB, in Lamsdorf, Poland, Arthur Weston established a limb-making workshop that made a number of artificial limbs for amputee prisoners. Made from wood and secured to the thigh and waist by leather straps, this leg was made for a prisoner who had lost his leg above the knee. The materials for the leg would have been found around the camp. As the leg does not bend, the wearer would also have needed crutches to move around.

Object number:

1999-430

 

Glossary:

Glossary: prostheses

Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).

Glossary: artificial leg

A device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.