The Prisoner of War No 12 Vol 1 April 1943

Vox., i N o .12 Free to Next-of-Kin April ,1943 The editorial staff of Stalag X X A ’scamp magazine— “Fortissimo.” THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT OF THE RED CROSS ST.AND JOHN WAR ORGANISATION. ST. JAMES’S PALACE, LONDON. S.W.I ,book shave been dispatched o tor ask fo ran invoice .Would you please ask yourself before writing whether your question is really necessary, because that Section receives so many needless queries to which it has to reply th a tits work is held u p and the dispatch o f books to prisoners o f war is a c tu ally delayed b thy every people who are most anxious to haste nit. And there is another type o f ques­tion that reaches St. J a mes’s Palace ,the question to which the only sensible reply is :“You will find the swan erin the leaflet sent to you on su ch-an sud- ch a date .”So will you please make certain that the answer toy $ur ques­tion is 'tn a lre a d yin your possession. Prison Camp Journals Thank you ,kind readers, for the in­formation you have sent m e about camp jo urn a ls. I have a c tu ally seen some copies o f “Prison e Piers’ ,”pub­lished a Stat lag X X A ,an excellent production printed b y a local German p rin te rand containing illustration sand some c le v e rand original article s, numerous draw in gs, poems, etc .,and remark ably few m isp rin Its.' can not resist one quotation ,which you will find in the mid d leo f the next page, because it seems to sun r up win h a tit say san din w h a tit imp lies, the attitude o f the ind o m it­ able Briton ,in o rout o f captivity .“HotPot ”and “Idler” A reader a pUt minster tells them a this son edits a journal in X X D which he calls ‘‘Sta lag Hot Pot ,”and Mrs. Hoop er, o f S .Nor­ wood ,writes -that her sergeant son edited a type written weekly wall­ paper when .hew a sat Sta lag X X A which, was pinned upon the notice- board. I twas called *'Fortis­simo ,”and the editorial staff are in the adjoining photo graph. Sergeaait Hooper has been trans­ patch dine her name b the'y South African Red Cross Society in Lon donas soon a s they heard that Uncle E r sen t’s nephew (who was serving with the South African gunners) had been taken prisoner a t boT ru k .Two Brothers Meet Mrs. Reid ,''of Ban stead ,has two sons, Edward and Alex and er,in the same Sta lag ,but they have met only twice in 12 months. One ’was taken three years a goat Calais, and when h e learn t th a this brother was posted to the same camp he asked for leave iron i his working party to visit his brother. H e was granted it. Must You Really Ask ?This question is addressed particu­larly to those who write to the Educa­tional Books Section to inquire if “/^\E these Red Cross parcels, the men could ’tn speak too .”highly I have just heard these words quoted on the wireless from the lips o f one o f the repatriated prisoners from Italy. Similar expressions of gratitude reach m e in hundreds o f letters every month. But not all the credit is% due to the Red Cross, for it must be shared b they whole British public w jio make these parcels possible b y their contribution s.On page 14 you may read how the facts and figures o f this gigantic effort are set o u tin detail in the recently published Annual Report. There lfas never been such a sustained effort of mass kindness. To Empire Readers I have been asked to repeat m y warning to readers in theE m p ire that the regulations about parcels, letters, and so forth ,to which refer­ence is made in The Prisoner of War apply to next o f kin in the Mother C o u n try a daren not neces­sarily appropriate for the forest theE m p ire. An Exciting Week ‘‘Dear Uncle Ernest ”begins a postcard from P.G .47 that lies b e ­fore me,‘‘ su chan exciting week .On January 5th I received K/N parcel from J o y,on the 12 than ­other K/N parcel from you ,and on the same day battle-dress, great t,aco boots, u n d erw ear, etc .,from the Red Cross, and since then a parcel of cigarette sand a boo k.”An interesting fact is that Uncle E rn est’s parcel was posted a t the end of August to a different camp ,and had been readdressed, while the parcel from Joy had been dis­
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