The Prisoner of War No 38 Vol 4 June 1945

The Prisoner of War June. 1945 Released Doctors’ Tribute TWO R.A.M.C. doctors now back in England after long years spent in German captivity have made some inter­esting observations about their experi­ences. Doctor C. was senior medical officer for iS months at a hospital in Poland.“ I would like it to be known,” he said, “that hundreds of our lads vould never have survived the first year of their cap­tivity if it had not been for the splendid work of the Polish civilians, who at great personal risk smuggled in supplies of bread and other necessities during that first period before the Red Cross ma­chinery got working. The penalties were severe, but they did not hesitate to help in every way they could.” Praising the Invalid Comforts Section of the Red Cross, the doctor said: "Whatever we asked for in the way of medical supplies or surgical equipment was sent out to us via air from Lisbon. This section has done one of the greatest jobs of the war.” Another doctor, writing to the Invalid Comforts Section, said:“ I"am sure you can well realise the almost incredible state one gets into on first being in England again after five years over there. Thank you very much for your wonderful personal interest in us all. It has meant so much to mothers to feel that someone was actually thinking about us as people, and not just as P.o.W. numbers. You will be pleased to hear that our surplus stocks of food parcels, and the invalid diet supplement parcels, actually fed the whole hospital and staff at Marienburg (XX B )for about a month, and also during the long trek in farm carts from Marienburg to Warsaw.” V Film Story of Camp Life A FILM entitled Lovers’ Meeting will be made shortly by Ealing Studios. The story reveals what happened to a group’ of men, captured during the battle of France, in 1940, after the barbed wire closed round them, and how their next of kin spent the empty years between the men’s departure and their return home. The story traces the reactions of the prisoners throughout the psychological stages of their confinement. It shows how at first disillusionment took control, with its attendant loss of faith. Then gradually self-respect and hope returned. 'The arrival of the Red Cross parcels is shown,' with all that they meant to the men, not only in material benefits, but in the realisation that they were not for­gotten by the people at home. The periods of boredom are portrayed the days of rain and cold, when the thoughts turned inward, and spirits were cramped by isolation and barbed wire. The climax of the story comes with repatriation. Out from the Butt le IAN exhibition entitled "Out from the Battle! ”is being arranged by the British Red Cross' St.and John War Organisation in collaboration with the War Office and the Army Medical Ser­vices. It is being sponsored by the Daily Herald, and will beheld in the grounds of Clarence House, St. Jamt ’sPark, by kind permission of His Majesty the King, from June 12th to July 31st, 1945. All proceeds will togo the Duke of Gloucester’s Red Cross St.and John Fund. The exhibition will show the whole process and treatment of wounded men from the moment they become battle casualties until they reach abase hospital and convalescent home.1 The R.A.M.C. is putting 011 realistic reproductions of a Regimental Aid Post Casualty Collecting Post Advanced Dressing Station Mobile X-ray Unit Field Operating Theatre Field Hospital Ward. Visitors will be able to see how the basic work of the R.A.M.C. in the field is supplemented by welfare officers, stores and comforts of the British Red Cross St.and John War Organisation. Graphic displays in a series of huts will illustrate: —(1) Evacuation of the wounded byroad, rail, ship and air, and a unique exhibition of captured German medical equipment, ranging from a mobile •re­suscitation outfit to paper bandages. (2) The production, testing and uses of penicillin, and the collection, treatment and distribution of blood to the wounded. (3) The work of the. Army Dental Corps in the field, with a special exhibit shJv - ing the skill employed in dealing with* maxillo-facxal injuries. (4) How the Hygiene Branch of the Medical Services deals with the preven­tion and extermination of— with particular reference to jungle war­fare. (5) How the British Red Cross St.and John War Organisation aids the wounded and their relatives. (6) Occupational therapy with a re-«markable display of craftsmanship by wounded men. (7) The work of Hospital Libraries. An'R.A.M.C. Austin ambulance will be 011 show which was abandoned in 1940 at Dunkirk, and used for four years by the Germans who repaired it and fitted metal panelling to the interior. The Germans took the ambulance to the Russian Front, but 011 D-Day sent it back for service in France. It was recaptured by the British at Commeux 011 August 20th, 1944. Now with a mileage record of 100,000 miles, the vehicle has been loaned to the Exhibition by the Austin Motor Company, to whom it was pre­sented by Field Marshal Montgomery. The Exhibition will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sundays 2 p.m. to 7 P-.m-k Exam. Successes DURING the past month 131 examina­tion results have been announced for prisoner of war candidates. These n- clude passes in Hungarian, Modern Chinese, Malay and Persian, the papers for which were set by the School of Slavonic Studies and the School o| Oriental Studies. ***Fit. A.Lt. P.L. Barber has passed the L L.B .Final Examination of the Uni­versity of Leeds with first-class honours. A#** group of fifteen officers formerly in Oflag X IIB have taken the Senior General Examination of the Royal Horticultural Society, and all of them have- pr -scd first-class. The group in­cludes two brigadiers and three lient< 11- ant-colt/i'.ds and one South African cap­tain. ***Several Camp Education Officers have informed Red Cross that before leaving Germany they packed up a- number of complete examination scripts and handed them over to responsible officers of the liberating forces, with the request that they should be despatched to the New Bodleian. It is hoped that these scripts will eventually reach England safely, as many ex-prisoners of war now in this country have written to enquire about their examinations. **#All information concerning examina­tions will be passed 011 to ex-prisoner of war candidates by the Educational Books Section as soon as available. Repatriates, Please Note The Indoor Recreations Section much regrets that their small stock of musical instruments, for distribution to repatri­ated prisoners of war, is now exhausted. A supply of music and artists’ materials is still available on application to St. James's Palace, London, S.W .i. ----HAVE YOU M O V ED.'— I so, do not forget to notify the Army, Navy or R.A.F. authorities as well as the Red Cross of your change of address. V Printed in Great Britain for the Publishers, The C r o sands St. John W a u O h nag i sat ion ,14. Grosvenor Crcscent, London, S.W .,by .•••‘Tin: Corn wall P kkss Ltd .,Paris Garden, Stamford Street, London. S.E .l.
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