Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Jul

31

1943

Troublesome British POWs in Germany

Taking exercise in the U.S. section of Stalag Luft III, 'walking the circuit', a path beaten around the perimeter of the compound, just inside the warning rail placed ten yards inside the barbed-wire fence.

But the General, brimming with self-confidence, said, ‘No, no. The driver will keep watch.’ Like his boss the general, the driver didn’t know much about POWs; he was far too polite, fielding a constant stream of questions from two German-speakers while the rest of the rabble scrambled over the car, in evident awe and admiration. After giving the driver some cigarettes the crowd dispersed, together with the general’s gloves, torch, maps and tool-kit, and a handbook optimistically marked ‘Secret’.