The Prisoner of War No 28 Vol 3 August 1944

TH+ E OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT OF THE RED CROSS ST.AND JOHN WAR ORGANISATION. ST. JAMES'S PALACE. LONDON. S.W .If Vol. 3 No. 28 Free to Next of Kin Aug st,u 1944 A PERSONAL MESSAGE TO NEXT OF KIN F R OMS .+'Sill H I€11A III) 1IOWA11D-VYSE (Chairman of the Prisoners of ff'ar Department) I Twill be seen from the Post Office statement printed on page -16 that for sometime no next of kin or permit parcels have been leaving this country by the normal route, though it is obvious that the Post Office are by no means without hope of traffic being resumed. W e understand that individually addressed parcels which were handed to the Post Office up to the beginning of March should reach the camps normally, but that owing to a variety of circumstances there is likely to be avery considerable delay in the delivery of parcels handed in after that date. These conditions also apply, un­fortunately, to the majority of our despatches from the Invalid Comforts, Educational Books and Indoor Recrea­tions Sections. There remain, however, possibilities, strictly limited, of despatch by air, though the amount that can be carried is very small compared with the vast volume which we have been accus­tomed to despatch by surface route. Standard food and medical parcels and clothing need not, fortunately, cause undue anxiety at the moment, as reserves exist both at Geneva and at the Camps sufficient to meet requirements for a considerable period. A s regards our other despatches, we have arranged an order of priority, at the top of which come the most urgent medical requirements, followed by examination papers. W e look upon the latter as very important because many prisoners of war have now, in the face of great difficulties, prepared themselves for examination and are anxiously awaiting the papers. A s I have repeatedly stressed in talks to relatives, w e have anticipated that sooner or later conditions of this sort were bound to appear, as an inevitable adjunct to the approach to victory. W e realise that it must cause anxiety to many relatives to all of them we tender our true sympathy and the assurance that neither we nor our good friends at Geneva will spare any effort to restore despatches to the normal, or fail to utilise any special opportunities. Relatives will be glad to know that steps have been taken to explain matters to all Camp Leaders. cUtE o i THE names of new prisoners cap­tured in Normandy are now being received. A certain number have written from already established camps for British prisoners in Ger­ many, but for the most part their camp addresses are not yet known. A t the moment of going to press no confirmation of reports that camps in East Prussia and Germ an-occupied Poland have been moved have been received. In view of the swift a d ­vance made t>y Russian armies such transfers are not unlikely. Why W e A reLate Our readers will be aware that we in London are working under diffi­culties at the present time. These are partly the cause of the late publication of this issue of the journal, which has been further delayed to await the latest information about the parcels situation. W e apologise for any in­convenience or disappointment that may have been caused to our readers. The Shoo ting o f Prisoner sOn the plea that Mr. Eden made “the unheard-of allegation ”that the 50 officers who escaped from Stalag L u ft III were murdered, the Nazi Government have refused in a Berlin broadcast to make a further report cn the matter. The broadcast adds that the country which began the boqibing war against civilians has no moral right to speak in this matter, let alone make accusations. Comment is super­fluous. Recently an announcement was made of the shooting of another 33 prisoners. It appears that these in­cidents occurred a t different times since August of last year, and a t dif­ferent camps. There has been, so far as is known, no repetition of any such occurrence as that which took place atS talag L u ft III. P.O.W Must.s Not Broad cast The Secretary for War states that the existing instructions forbid prisoners of war to broadcast mes­sages over the enem y’s radio system .He expressed his agreement with the suggestion made by an M.P. that prisoners were being tricked into writ­ing such messages under the pretence that they would be sent b y telegram./
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