2 The Prisoner of War Sept ember ,1944 lor ground personnel, regardless o f w h eth et a man belonging to either o f them has joined up for a career or merely tor the duration of the war. A time basis governs the aircrew c ate gory ,whose members are promo ted indue course wherever they maybe. But ground personnel depend for their rise 011 actual vacancies available for them in higher ranks, and it is therefore impossible to promote them to posts which ,from a prison camp ,they a rein no position to fulfil. O then other hand ,as soon as they come home, declared Sir Archibald ,"th ey are granted the rank which they would have obtained but for the interruption o f their effective res vice .”After-care Speaking a t NVitley, Surrey ,about prisoners o f w a rat a Bank Holiday fete, Sir John J a rv is, M.P .,remarked that the war might b e won before all the money subscribed -to the Duke of G lou ce ste r's Fun dis spent. "That would be all to the good ,”he said.‘‘ Ind eed, 1 would like to see a substantial sum available ,when those lads return ,to help them in innumerable ways to find their rightful place in the England they love so well.” N o decision can yet betaken as to the disposal o f any su r plus funds a v a ila bleat the end o f the war, b u tit may betaken for granted that some part o f them will bed ev o toted assisting ex-S ervicem en ,including ex-prisoners o f war who have been in cap acita ted .Better News from Moosburg A n indication that things may have improved a Stat lag V I I A since the official visit paid it in April (reported in the Journal last mon th)is provided b y a cheerful letter from the Officers’ S ectio nat M oosburg, which has recently come tom y notice. The prisoners’ rem ova lin July to a larger compound ,says the writer, ‘‘has d o u bled the living accommodation w e had before, sow e are now quite well off. W e are starting a certain number o f classes 011 different subjects ,in clu din gar t.”He adds, too, that O flag V BIT ,whose members had heard o f their needs from men arriving fromM oosburg, had sent them a most generous gift o f tobacco and 50,000 cigarettes. Exam, for South Africans South African sin captivity have distinguished themselves in a number o f ways .To their talent for winning games and dancing Zulu dances must now be added another distinction ,-for Stain lag VII I C le c e n tly seventeen of them under went a self-im posed e xa min a tio non book-k e e ping equiv a len tin standard to the National Junior Certificate seas tin South Afr ic a.D escrib in git, the camped u cation officer shows that conditions were as strict as those observed in any official examination there were a t least two in v ig ila tors in the room during the 2,i-hour session, and the candidates’ papers were marked b y qualified“ trans reg s ”to avoid the risk o f fa vo u ritism Indian.An Looks Back From Cairo comes eloquent praise o l the Red Cross services b any Indian rep atria te, Jem arMed oti Singh ,who during his sixteen months as a prison erin Italy ,“Saw every thing that the Red Cross did to help .”Many Indian soldiers know nothing o fall this special ised assistance, he says, and goes onto confirm the good opinion o f the Indian food parcel containing d hal (lentils) and a tt a (wholemeal flour), from which the men can prepare their native dishes.“ W h en ever Germans or Italians saw the thing sin the p a rce ls,” he adds, “they were astonished and began to praise them altho ugh they were enemies, they held the works o f the Red Cross in high esteem .”Tribute from New Zealand I want to thank the lad yin Tau rang a,New Z ealan d ,who wrote to tell m howe much she looks forward to getting this jo urn al. She and her husband find in it “so much o f what w e want to know —not only o four son’s welfare, but of the colossal work the Red Cross has tod o .”It’s the personal, informal touch ,she says, that makes su chad ifferen Ice.“ always feel happier when I have read the pap er, and I know many others here who do the same .”«Clothes Conscious The issue o f a:new outfit o f battle -dress, shorts and boots to his work camp with the expectation o f underclothes to follow has led a Sta lag IV G prisoner to warn his wife Bin o gn orR egis n otto bother about sending him clothes from home. These new additions to the ward robe have evidently given him and his comp anion a great fillip to their morale, and they outset for the local cin em a dressed u top the nines— even to th e“co llars and ties w e made o u rse lv es.” Broadening Out A comforting exam p leo f what captivity ,despite all its d isad van tag canes, d o for a man is provided from Sta lag I V D b y a prisoner o f longstanding .His wife in Diss tells m e he now turns the scale a t 12 st. 2 lb .as a g a inst the xo st. he weighed before his captivity and it’s not “idle l fat ”either, for he puts ina long workday’s a t a cement factory in addition to outdoor exercise a t the week end. Northern Ireland Service A Special Service o f Intercession for Prisoners o f War is to beheld inSt. Anne ’sCathed ra l,B e lfa st, on Sun day, September 24, a t 3.30 p.m .Two reservation tickets for the service will be sent to each o f the first six hundred next o f kin who apply ,giving their Red Cross Reference Numbers, to :The Ulster Gift Fund ,2, B edford Street, Belfast. TO GERMANY —VIA SWEDEN New Route to the Camps REPORTS from Stockholm app earin gin the Press have stated that British Red Cross parcels for prisoners o f war in Germ any and occupied co u n tries are in future to pass through Sweden .The use o f this new route has resulted from efforts initiated b y Red Cross and other authorities to open u pan alternative channel for supplies in view o f the possibility that the course o f the war would be likely to interrupt the Lisbon— Marseilles—Switzerland traffic for considerable periods. Details o f the onward ca rria geo f the supplies from G o then berg have not yet been finally settled .The two ships mentioned in the Press notices are fully loaded with American Red Cross supplies and a considerable number o f Canad ian food parcels for British Com mon wealth prisoners. The service via Sweden will be developed fu rth eras circumstances necessitate and conditions permit. FOOD PARCELS RATIONED THE War Organ isatio n o f the British Red Cross and Order o f St. John announce that, asap recau tio nary measure, a n dafter consultation with H.M .Government, they have requested the I.R .C.C .to instruct cam pleaders in Germ any to reduce the orate f issue of food parcels to one for each everyman two weeks. This decision has been taken in view o f the interruption sin transport toGe nev a an din order to ensure that the best use is made o f supplies a lre ad yin the camp sand a t Geneva .There is 110 immediate danger o f any serious sh o rta geo f food in the camp s,and every effort is being made to re-establish effective communication b y one route or another. NEW MAP O F MANGER CAMPS THE Prisoners o f War Department has published anew m ap,p rin te din colou rs, fh owing the principal camps for British and Dominions prisoners o f war in Germ any. A limited number o f copies are now obtain a b leon application to the Prisoners o f War Department, Accounts Section ,St. J a mes’s P a lace, Lon don,S .W .i .The price is :small size, 2d. (by post 3 d .)large size, is .(by post is. 2 d .).Remittances should be sent with the order. There have been u n avoid able delays in production and the map itself is correct according to information a v ail able u top June 30 th ,1944. Any additional information know nat the time o f posting will, how ever, be sup plied 'with the map.