Contents of Red Cross Parcels

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by David Layne, May 9, 2012.

  1. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    Ersatz varied, this was made from Blackberry leaves and acorns.
    By 1944 food was very short in Germany. Hence the Red Cross parcels were luxury.
    This story occurred just before Christmas 1944.
    The area around the small work camp was bombed by the RAF several times as its location was unknown to the RAF.
  2. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    Can anyone identify "The News and Times" the story teller reputedly carried a cutting of the whole story, including his escape, in his pocket but no one I have contact with knows of this publication.
  3. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    For interest, here are images of some of the cards placed in parcels by sponsor organizations:


    together with a list of articles not to be sent in NOK parcels:


    some of which will have been applied to forestall undesired enemy exploitation, for example special forces capbadges and photographs.

    As a sequitur to the latter, I knew one former PW who regularly asked for a photo of his mother and dog, knowing full well that one would not be sent, but it meant that she should send something else instead .... often secreted in a chocolate item.

    The associated PW sketches, penned on flimsy postcards home, may be of interest too:


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