The Prisoner of War No 16 Vol 2 August 1943

The Prisoner of War August, 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 the Protecting Power has acted, it is at once requested to do so. When it is reported that food or clothing is required, the necessary action ¦is taken through the International Red Cross Committee. Germany DULAG LU (OFT BERU RSEL) Three officers and nineteen other ranks remain as permanent stall of this R.A .F .transit camp, which is pleasantly situated on the border of a forest. Accommodation is still considered excel­lent. Air-raid trench shelters have been provided. Ten British prisoners of war have formed a voluntary work' party and live in a small building outside the camp they have considerable freedom. (Visited April.) Reserve Lazaret Hohe Mark was also visited* and reported to be quite satis­factory. STALAG IVA Reserve Lazaret Elsterhorst.— Elster- horst has now become the centre for all T.B .cases in Germany. The entire staff and patients at Konigswartha were trans­ferred here during March. There are nine British medical officers, 53 orderlies, and 252 British patients. Each man has three blankets, and heating was described as sufficient. Special diets are cooked on the stoves, in the barracks, and a certain amount of milk is available daily. The Senior British Officer declared this. Lazaret to abe great improvement on Konigswartha, and that the air. is dry and more suitable for the patients. Clothing is in bad condition generally. A British chaplain lives at the Lazaret and visits the Other Lazarets in the area and the British work camps. Reserve. Lazaret Schmorkau.— This Lazaret is intended for medical and surgical cases there is a small section for mental patients. It is installed in single- storied stone buildings, in part of a large private estate. The buildings are grouped around large courtyard. There are 25 British patients, one British Medical Officer, and one orderly. There were no real complaints, except that the issue of coal had been hardly sufficient during the winter. Sanitary installations were satisfactory. The stove in the Lazaret is to beat the disposal'of the British prisoners of war for two hours everyday for private cooking. There are excellent French, Serb, and Russian doctors in the Lazaret. The Church of England Chaplain from Elster­ horst visits the Lazaret monthly. (Visited April.) STALAG VIIA Reserve Lazaret Freising.— There are fewer inpatients Freising now that patients from Ollag VIIB are sent to a Lazaret at Neuberg. There were no com­plaints from Freising. It was hoped to arrange periodical visits from the British Medical Officer at Stalag VIIA from time to time. (Visited February.) MARLAG AND MILAG NORD (W ESTERTIM KE) Marlag is the Royal Naval Camp, and all the Merchant Navy are interned in Milag. Marlag is divided into an officers’ and other ranks’ camp. Marlag Officers’ Camp.— There are 139 officers and 15 orderlies in this camp accommodation is described as good. An extra shower-room is at the disposal of the whole camp, and it is now possible for each man to have one hot bath per week. Ventilation of the Latrine barrack has been improved, and the pits are now emptied regularly. The officers have a common mess. Stalag XXID Members of a working party. Food parcels are combined with the Ger­man rations, a system which was said to calise general satisfaction. A sufficient number of blankets are now issued to any sick in the infirmary. The canteen supply is described as fairly good. Recreation is well organ­ ised, and anew theatre and stage has been built. Delivery of mail has not been good during the last few months. Marlag Other Ranks’ Camp.— This camp contains 4G0 ranks and ratings. A few improvements have been made. A whole barrack is now devoted to work­shops and study rooms. There is no overcrowding, and sanitary installations have been improved in the same way as in the officers’ camp. Recreation is well organised, and the men now have a good playing field. Complaints concerning mail occur from most camps in Germany at the moment. Twenty-five prisoners of war are de­tained in the small camp which used to contain the "repatriable prisoners of war." These prisoners are chained from 8 a.m .-9 p.m. They have two rooms and are treated exactly as other prisoners they receive their parcels regularly and had 110 complaints. Milag —Merchant Navy Camp. —•Several more barracks have been com­pleted or repaired. A large barrack has been set aside for parcels storage. There are over 3,200 internees here, including 922 officers. Accommodation is good, but bugs appear from time to time in some of the barracks in spite of frequent fumigation. Medical and dental atten­tion is well organised over the whole of .this camp. A large new sports ground has been arranged. (All visited May.)O FLAG IVC COLDITZ There appears to be very little change in this camp. Lighting is still inadequate and is worse in the orderlies’ quarters than it is in the officers’ quarters. It seems that improvement is improbable, as the power station of the town is not large enough. The same situation applies to the in­adequate water supply, consequently sanitary arrangements arc still at fault. There is great difficulty in procuring sup­plies of crockery and cutlery. A stmiv room has been put at the disposal of the prisoners of war. Discipline is extremely severe at this camp. (Visited April.) O FLAG VIIB EICH STATT The camp is situated at the foot of a hill and overlooks a valley with a chain of wooded mountains 011 the far side. Accommodation remains very much over­crowded. Anew barrack has been com­pleted and is in use for those officers undergoing disciplinary punishment. It was reported that the barracks are being
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