The Prisoner of War No 36 Vol 3 April 1945

THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT OF THE RED .fTROSS ST.AND JOHN WAR ORGANISATION. ST. JAMES’S PALACE. LONDON. S.W.I Vol. 3 No. 36. Free to Next of Kin April ,1945 E c l c t Z f c THERE is good news regarding the distribution of supplies from Switzerland to camps indifferent parts of Germany to which prisoners from eastern Germany have been sent. Fifty railway waggons, 48 with food and two with medical supplies, which left Switzerland for the neighbourhood of Moosburg, some distance north of Munich, have reached their destina­tion and supplies are being distributed from thereby lorry to British and United States prisoners of war in the vicinity. Supplies byRoad Eighteen lorries which crossed the Swiss frontier into Germany for Northern Czechoslovakia have reached their destination and distributed food parcels to some 18,000 British and United States prisoners of war in the Eger, Prague, M arienbad a 1 1 d' Carlsbad areas. A n extra 100 lorries are available in Switzerland for use as opportunity offers. In the north Lat ubeck, two large lorries already in use b y theI.R .C.C .have been supplied with petrol and oil and it is hoped to obtain further lorries for use in this area from Sweden. Ex-Prisoners at Odessa Various estimates have Men made unofficially of the total number of pri­soners of war released b they Russians, but the only information that has been verified is that which has been given in reply to questions in the House of Com­mons. On March 6th Sir Jkmes G rigg announced that the arrival of 14 officers and 464 other ranks a t the transit cam pat Odessa had been re­ported by our Military Mission in Mos­cow, and 011 March 9th Mr. Arthur Henderson, Financial Secretary to the War Office, in answer to a request, for information about the 2,600 prisoners reported on their way to Odessa, re­plied that 110 further information had been received. Sir James Grigg has, however, given an assurance that he will give all the information he receives. The advancing armies in the West are also overrunning prisoner of war camps, and one report speaks of 3,000 Allied soldiers, liberated from Kre- feld, but there has as yet been no OFF TO SWEDEN. Officers of the British Red Cross and Order of St. John, bound for Sweden to look after British repatriated prisoners, take leave of Colonel Montague Brown at Red Cross Headquarters in London. official confirmation of this report. Exchange of Prisoners Negotiations for the exchange of British .and German able-bodied prisoners have not yet been completed but if they are successful the proposed scheme may well affect a considerable number of British and Commonwealth prisoners, captured before July 1st, 1940. But, lest too high hopes are raised, I must em phasise that the whole matter is instill the preliminary- stag?s. During this war most of the prisoners exchanged have been gravely wounded men and non-combatants covered b they Geneva Convention of 1929, and the present negotiations are the first for an exchange in which the ¦prisoners involved would be active and physically fit men. Six British Red Cross welfare wor­kers are awaiting t a northern port ready to em bark-for Sweden. A s I write, approximately 800 Britons, Turks, Portuguese and Argentines have arrived in England in the repatria­tion ship Drottningholm for an exchange of German civi­lians. Leave for Repatriates Repatriated prisoners of war are given 42 days’ leave as soon as they are fit togo to their^homes after arrival in this country. They are able ¦to obtain ration cards, vouchers for handkerchiefs and Naafi ration of chocolates, cigar­ettes and tobacco. Arrange­ments are also made for them to be placed on the Service register as electors. This was officially instated the House of Commons
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