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ironing a shirt could last all morning if necessary
on 18 July 2014
An account of life in German POW camps as outlined in Don's letters home. Don's main problem was boredom. Although he was good with words Don found it difficult to say anything interesting - in fact just passing time was a key skill. As Don explained, ironing a shirt (irons were made from old tins) could, with diligence, be made to last a whole morning!
The apparently adequate prison food was supplemented by relatively regular Red Cross parcels which also contained other goodies such as cigarettes (which also had currency value). The camp had a theatre, educational talks were given, Don learnt to play the trumpet, and so on. No doubt escaping, where it took place, was driven as much by finding something worthwhile to do as actually escaping.
Given the pressure the Germans forces were under particularly from 1944 on, I was surprised that prison routines were apparently largely maintained, even moving camps as Allied forces closed in.
This is a good free short read.