2 The Prisoner of War June, 1945 The whole village turned out to greet this sergeant when he returned to his home in Oreston, South Devon. Ilis B lessin gOne man was found sitting on the kerb with his head in his hands. Someone asked him what he was doing. "Waiting to wake up,” was the answer.' Another man came up to a Red Cross welfare girl and asked her for pencil and paper, which she gave him. He came to attention and saluted. “May all your children be ex-prisoners of war !”he said solemnly. “Well, that's a nice sort of blessing!” exclaimed the girl. But she knew what he meant—he could think of 110 more blissful state than freedom regained. Double Rations Returned prisoners of war are able to buy twice the ordinary quantities of nationally rationed food, during the period of their 42 days’ repatriation leave. Double rations are also provided at reception camps, and in one week in England aR.A .F..A repatriate increased his weight by nearly two stone. The Australian, a warrant officer from New South Wales, said that no one could praise too highly the Services Authorities and the Australian and British Red Cross for what they were doing for prisoners. On his arrival, lie said, he made a mistake by saying ‘‘pass the margarine.” He was soon corrected and told that only butter was served to returned prisoners. Packing Centres Closing The packing of food parcels for prisoners of war in Europe has now ceased, and the Packing Centres are being closed. Some 81 million parcels were available on VE day. The surplus parcels are not being wasted, as some 5!- million have been put at the disposal of the authorities for distribution to ex- prisoners of war and civilians of the Allied nations who have been rescued, from the Germans by the Allied Armies. The contents of parcels opened after two years’ wandering have been found to be still good. Help for C.I. Mr. Morrison, the Home Secretary, leporting to the House of Commons 011 May 17th 011 his visit to the Channel Islands, stated that the health and physique of the population was on the whole better than he had dared to hope. This, he said, was in large measure due to the supplies which had been received from the Britisli Red Cross St.and John. I '2 believed that although the Germans- took a considerable share of local produce, they did not attempt to divert the Red Cross supplies to their own use. The whole of the supplies carried 011 the Vega were supplied by the Red Cross St.and John War Organisa tion and that the ship was chartered and paid for by Red Cross St.and John. Invalid Diets Readers will be glad to know that special care has been given to all our prisoners whose health has been greatly impaired by long privations in German camps. Fifty cases of Red Cross ‘‘comforts” and ‘‘invalid diet” parcels containing specially prepared food was flown out for them in four Dakota aircraft to Red Cross depots at reception bases beyond Hanover. Home for the Homeless Prisoners of war who have returned to this country to find that their homes had been destroyed by bombs, or who have neither families of their own or friends in this country with whom they can stay, are being looked after by a specially formed section of the Red Cross St.and John. They are able, if they desire, to stay for all or part of their 42 days' leave at a large country house in one of the loveliest spots in the Home Counties. Living in friendly and restful surroundings, they do just as they please, and 110 effort is spared by the Red Cross staff to give them a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. O flag Literary Talent Capt. Peter Baker has just returned to London from Ollag 79. ‘‘There was a lot of literary talent in our camp,” he said. “In fact, I have brought back an anthology of the work of my fellow-prisoners.” Contributors include Viscount Cranlev, John Grime of the Daily Express, John Talbot and Jack Smyth of Reuters, and Bill Bowes the Yorkshire and England cricketer. All royalties 011 the book which -is to be published next winter will togo the Boys' Club founded by members of Oflag 79. Bill Bowes will probably bethe club’s first warden. University of London Repatriates who have arranged to take external examinations of the University of London while prisoners of war and still wish to take them in England should communicate •immediately with the External Registrar at The College, Richmond, Surrey, stating exactly for what examinations, with subjects and options, they wish to be considered as candidates. Those who during captivity took only apart of their examinations, and those who have not heard results of examinations already taken, should similarly communicate immediately with the External Registrar. Model of S tala g IX C A scale model 4ft. x 4ft. of Stalag I.VC was on display in the London Museum during preparations for Red Cross Flag Day, was shown to the Queen when she visited the museum during the day. The model was designed by a repatriated P.o.W .,Mr. W. Prentice, and constructed by Mr. H.F. Kingsman. it was given to Red Cross St.and John by the Union of Post Office Workers (South-Eastern office), of which both men are members. American Kindness Sir James Grigg7 Secretary of State for War, lias sent the following letter of appreciation to General Eisenhower: I want to express to you my deep gratitude for the way in which the United States Forces have treated our prisoners of war. The advance of the allied armies, under your inspiring leadership, has brought freedom to thousands of these unfortunate prisoners in German hands. Soon, we may hope, all of them will be free. The swift return of these ex-prisoners to this country is, I know, a task calling for the, highest degree of organisation and enthusiasm. Had it not been lor the initiative and sympathy displayed by the United States Staff, Air Forces, and all concerned, the repatriation of our men would have been seriously hampered. As it is, their homecoming has been effected with the utmost rapidity, and they are loud in their praise and gratitude for the many kindnesses showered upon them by all ranks of the United States Forces at the time of their liberation and during their homeward journey. May I ask you to accept my sincere thanks and to convey c rti expression of our very warm appreciation to all concerned.