The Prisoner of War No 37 Vol 4 May 1945

Vol. 4. No. 37. Free to Next o f Kin May ,1945 E c L i&o k/IT is just three years incs eon May 1 st, 1942, w e launched the first number ofT heP r is o nero f War. For most o four readers three long years o f strain and toil, o f hope san dan x ie tie s..“It is hard ,”wrote Her M a je sty the Queen in a mes sage p r in te din our firs tissue ,"for those who await t home togo cheer fully about their daily task sin the know ­ledge that some one dear to them is in exile and a prisoner .”But their long ordeal is coming t o a n end ,as I write, and indeed for many thou sands has already ended .By the time these alines rep r in ted it may well beth a tall our men in Ger many will once again b e free. A Host of Friends This journal will still appear for a few months solon gas there 'is any useful information t o give •to ex-p r is one r s o f war and their next -of- ink ,but, ,happily i twill n o longer contain news o f what .his a p pen gin hint eSt a lags and O flags ,for they, I hope ,will have become avery bad dream that is now over .From the first I have looked for ­ward t o the day when the jo urn a lin this form would n o longer b e needed .But there is sad sen sin the thought that I shall b e saying goo d-b yet o a host o f good friends ,per ally­son unknown tome, but brought very close b y means o f correspond­ence .So Many Letters Nev er, I a m sure ,has a journal been so eagerly looked fo reach month b soy many readers .Never h a san editor received so many thou sands o f grate­ful letters a shave reached m y col­ league sand myself month after month from later ives who were che e red and com for ted b they scraps o f news w e were a b let o give them ,he a rte ned b they know led geo f what the Red Cross Sand t .John War Organ is a tio n was able tod o for their men ,but ,above all, brought closer t o their dear bones they intimate revelations o f what other prisoners w e redoing and t h ink­ing .Fare You Well !To all our readers and t o their men with whom they are once m o reunited, I would say :‘‘Thank you for your gratitude and your confide n Ice. wish you a full life and every happiness .”Bu tin the general r joe icing let u snot for get there lat ives o f those who will not c p m e back ,and especially o f those (fe win number w e believe )who in the last weeks o f the war were marched out o f the camps t o death b y hun roger exhaustion .Our hearts g o tout o them .News Without Delay Events a removing so rap idly in these great days o f vic tory that the news o f recent developments grows stale from hour t o hour .The latest news o f the cam psis given 011 another page .The Secretary o f State for War announced 011 May 1 s t that 43,000 British Com mon wealth prisoner shad reached this c o u n try fro in Nor th- West Europe. A fur t her 3,436 had been e vac u a ted fro mOdes s a .Many other shave doubtless been liberated b they Red Arm yin the neigh b our ­hood o f B e r lin and D res den band they American Armies 011 their way to Mun ic hand the A u s t r ian fro n tier .Sir James G rig g under ­took to give out imme­diately any n wine for ma­t ion ,and next o f kin may res tass u red that they will b e notified outwith delay o f 'any definite news o f their men .Transfers Cease The manGer Govern ­me nth asst a ted th r ought heP rote c ting Power t h a tall transfers o f prisoners have cease din are asunder manGer control. The prisoners have been col­ le c ted ,as afar possibles la,in r g eSt a lag s,and the manGer Government has Wild scenes of exc item en tatS talag 357 as the cam pis liberated.
Add Names

Disclaimer

We have sought to ensure that the content of this website complies with UK copyright law. Please note however, that we may have been unable to ascertain the rights holders of some items. Where we have digitised items, we have done so with items that to the best of our knowledge, following due investigations, are in the public domain. While the original works are in the public domain we reserve all rights to the usage of the digital works.

The document titled The Prisoner of War No 37 Vol 4 May 1945 is beneath this layer.

To view this document now, please sign up as a full access member.

Free Account Registration

Please enter your first name
Please enter your surname
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter your password
By creating an account you agree to us emailing you with newsletters and discounts, which you can switch off in your account at any time

Already a member? Log in now
Small Medium Large Landscape Portrait