The Prisoner of War January, 1943 OFFICIAL REPORTS FROM/ N every case where the conditions call for remedy, the Protecting \Power makes representations to !!the German or Italian authorities. !Where there is any doubt whether j the Protecting Power has acted, it \is at once requested to do so. When \!it is reported that food or clothing j !is required, the necessary action is \\taken through the International !!Red Cross Coim nittee. !Germany ATS LAG V IIA Work Camps.— There is a general improvement .in the reports 011 these camps. Work Camp 2916 contains 154 British prisoners of war who work for building firms. Ventilation* in the barracks has been improved, and treatment is satisfactory. There is 110 Sunday work. Work Detachment 2780.— There is anew British cam pleader here, who has improved relations with the German Feldw ebel. The straw in the mattresses has been changed since the last visit, and ventilation has also been improved. Clothing is in fairly good .condition, but as no work overalls are available, some new clothing will sooii be necessary. Camp 2771.—503 prisoners of war here are chiefly employed on roadwork. A British medical officer and aC. of, E .chaplain are attached to the camp. The only complaint made was that empty tins were thrown in a heap in a corner of the camp, thus attracting swarms of flies. The officer in charge promised to remedy this immediately. Work Camp W estend.— Contains 416 men Conditions appear to be good and all the paths are now covered with concrete. A large infirmary in charge of a German doctor and two British nv»dical officers is attached to this camp. Prisoners from all the work camps are sent here for treatment and are well looked after. Anew football field has been promised, as the one in use is now 110 longer available. work. Food is prepared by four German women. Washing and laundry facilities are insufficient, and anew shower barrack lias been asked for. Clothing and shoes are in good condition, and parcels are arriving regularly. Complaints have been made that there is 110 sports ground. W ork Camps 241 and 8, and Kom - m ando K rochw itz.— Here there are British and Cypriot prisoners. They work on roads, repairing wagons, engine cleaning, etc. The quarters are said to be satisfactory,- and health and clothing conditions are good.S T A LAG IX C This is another canip which has 110 proper camp staff suitable for abase camp only .one prisoner is therein charge of parcels and mails. All the other British prisoners of war are either at Molsdorf orin the 38 work camps. M olsdorf.— 342 prisoners are in this camp, which is anew and temporary annex to the main camp and almost 30 miles away. Anew camp commander is said to be making definite improvements. The barracks are clean welland ventilated, and'sanitary installations are reported as satisfactory. A British, doctor and British medical orderlies work in the infirmary. The only real complaint was distribution of clothing, which appears to be far from satisfactory, prisoners a t the work camps having difficulty in getting their issue of clothing from the stalag. Requests have been made for a-P rotestan t clergyman and a Roman Catholic priest to be sent. Work Camp 445 has improved a little since the last visit. The premises had been whitewashed and were to be disinfected again. Clothing is in bad condition, and a supply is to be sent from the stalag— there is still room for improvement in this camp. Work Camps 435 and 1416 are ,6mall camps with satis-,factory quarters. Camp 435 h in need of a football ground. W ork Camps 73.9,1401 and 1039.— The prisoners work in salt mines and salt factories. Their quarters are reported to be satisfactory, though a t 739 the lavatories have been out of order. The men all get heavy workers’ rations, and German doctors visit the camps.. A t Camp 1039 there is not enough room to dry their wet clothes. Work Camp 1437 contains 165 prisoners of war, who work in a tobacco factory. The quarters are rather overcrowded. The German .C.ON .is changed every three months. It would be better if a sympathetic .C.ON .were left in charge permanently. ATS LAG X X ID The most important change is the appointment of anew camp commander, who is visitin gall the forts anil work -camps. Fort R auch.— There is great improvement in the sanitary installations now that the new latrines are in use. The dentist has received supplies, and can now make a certain number of dentures. <Fort K ernw erk holds 200 British prisoners of war, some .C.ON .sand some sick men, who are in rather bad and overcrowded quarters. Representations have been made against the closing of the moat, which is the only place for outdoor exercise a t certain hours of the day. Clothing conditions are not yet quite satisfactory. The fort is visited by a British 'medical officer three times per •Workweek. Camp Soinm crlager is a fairly good camp though the hours of work are rather long. Work Camp Truppenfeld. —133 British prisoners of war are detained in a stone villain a large park.. They work under good conditions and this cam pis reported as quite satisfactory. ATS LAG IV A Reserve Lazaret Elstethorst.— About 360 patients of all nationalities, of whom 48 are British, are detained inST A LAG IV C Considerable improvement has been made at the attached work camps by t«ie appointment of a cam pleader at the main stalag, with a small perm anent staff to deal with mail, parcels, Dulag Luft *and complaints from work camps. ®Tailors and cobblers are also included in the staff. Schwartz has'been visited previously. 119 British prisoners of war work in mines. They are paid extra for Sunday A transit camp for F.A.R .prisoners which has always been c onside red excellent.