The Prisoner of War No 33 Vol 3 January 1945

Free to Next of Kin January ,1945 E c L t c i A HAPPY New Year to all readers of this journal. The old, old wish, band y it I mean above all aNew Year that will bring with it the speedy return of your loved ones to home and freedom. After the great events of the past few months we may look ahead with some confidence that the day of deliverance will not be deferred for many months. Out there our prisoners of war know how things are going, and the news of Allied suc­cesses has helped to counteract their disappointment at having to spend yet another Christmas in camp. Christmas Parcels The latest news I have about Christ­mas parcels came in the following cheerful cable from Gen eva: —First wagons containing postal bags with Christmas par­cels reached Switzerland first instant. First wagons with Christmas parcels left for camps to-day .Are doing every thing possible expedited esp atch es. Have reasonable assur­ance that 50,000 Christ­ mas parcels will leave for camps first fortnight De­cember and hope w e shall be able d esp atch at least 50,000 more in time for Christmas. Greatly regret inability^ service all camps before festivities but hope all camp swill be serviced before fifteenth January .—And Future Parcels Stop press news about the These general parcels situation is party that Red Cross St.and John have advised I.R .C.C .that the Jlow of Red Cross foe*! parcels to Geneva is now such that they may authorise cam pleaders to resume the full issue of one parcel per man per week when the supplies in the camps permit. Worth Going Short !We know that the flow of par­cels- into the camps was resumed after a few weeks’ hold-up, which the men in the camps endured cheerfully because they knew what caused it. A man in Stalag 344 wrote on October 1s t: “You know o f course that parcels have been stopped for quite a time, but on Friday and Saturday everyone was overjoyed to hear that several thousand had arrived, so now perhaps I’ll get some of the parcels that have been sent to me.W e are all quite children of prisoners of war were given a Christmas by the Mayor of Kessington. Each child received a treasure bag from the children of Uruguay. happy .”OnO ctobcr 9th a lieutenant in O flag VII B wrote that the Germans had increased their food b y 30 percent., and that 5,000 food parcels had just in.come And m y friend, Robin Sta,in lag 3S3 — X know of him through frequent letters from his mother— says that they were reduced to half a food parcel a week for a few weeks, but that they expected the reduction and he per­sonally was so fit with all that lie had had before that it was no hardship at all and worth going short considering the circumstances that caused the shortage. Royal Gift to Prisoners The Royal Christmas gift to the Red Cross Camp Libraries was a fine three- volume edition of Pepys’ Diary. The gift was chosen personally by the Queen and each volume has a special book plate inserted :“This book forms part of the library presented a t Christ­mas, 1944, b they King and Queen to 'the British Prisoners of War, with Their Majesties’ Best Wish Thees." books were sent to Germany some months ago and already letters of appreciation have been received. One came from the R .S.M .who is Cam pLeader of Stalag 344, toadding his thanks the assurance from the camp “of loyalty and devotion coupled with our grati­ tu e.”d His message lias been forwarded b y Red Cross St.and John to Their Majesties. Her Majesty the Queen has sent a personal Christ­mas message to all sick and wounded prisoners of war and civilian internees in Germany through the Senior British Medical Officer. THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT OF THE RED CROSS AML. ST. JOHN WAR ORGANISATION. ST. JAMES’S PALACE. LONDON. S.W.I
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