Diary of Arthur Seaforth Blackburn, April 1942 - November 1944, Part 21 of 26

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1944 Gril 45 27 may 1st neighed today -52 kilos, an icreasd of 1 Cilo his afternowithout warning an auto turned out all squads to worte - a new daatare worlsing on Satay agternon. The sod has of last parrawed-14, 11ofteen still lving Anzac Sunday. Special service at 1045 this maning & tyd afternoon a vioit to the cann cemetery, dained practically all day. no fig was killed this week-end, the first we heave missed for several weeks. A new tim- table was anounced today for the morning. Rercille at 0630 & roll call pavade at 0650 for which we have to be in the parade area at 0645. This le 15 nins in which to get up make beds, fidy out rooms, wash + dress. Resumer work today. Very hard chunghling $$/200 thoroughly tired, Close miggy doy but hs actual taw until the night when it minar very hard. Anac Day. No work for the Geno, sgrads todoy bet all te rest were out at work this morning must have strained a wuescle at watyatede as ay back -the lower part- is very cre pheneverI nove. Five bot doy Work today 1330 -1630. Very hot indeed. Heavy cloyd in evening but no rain. Eacksteel a littee sove ween I mave. wats today 1330- 1630 Very not inseed this norking Group Ovt Bishop was werlig & carried & load of durt tbe pace indicated to him by Brig. Lugks who was in charge of the b this place apparentl did ne anee with the views of the suppon &C in chance oft sentries was umariated went up to kishn I beat him up severely rdilant guan torgat 8go0-1100 2100 -2300 b (Dn. Elas pian) Ban each issued tody. This morning we were all turned oue Thro general cleaning up camp in addition to the afterwons wirh. Badl ts still pretty sre. Worle today 1330-1620. Vere heavg rain last night & today was much cooldr. Holiday today for the Comporons birthday. Theree bananas & 6 Cllies issued to each of us + an issue of porks - 25 kilos for the 509 of us tonight. Heavy rain all day. Orders bad been is sult that we were all to work all day in spite of it bein Sunday but the rain staysed all wat o officers dethough they took the enlisted men out in the rain this dternoon for some time & wae them dig in the mud of the fish fond. Tere is a lig inspection caming of on Tuesday Very wet day new ts orders od t heveille 0650 lvo - Bll call at 0020 evening kall call at 2030 & ligate out at 82130. standing by all day for an instection but nothing cappned. Inspected today by chief commandnt of Laron P0w camps who advessed us wain theme was that we must be fattencs walse the best of our captivity, that hippen puthonkes 1946 may contl Maj 5 were doing all they could to provide us with reasonable comfort etc + that it was up to us not to make things werse by objecting to wals quarrelling stc. Nery wet day again very wet day again. No work. Inspected this at ternoon by a number of officers who are rlimered to be camp caudto from vapious camps of Pors in Lanvan fine early this morning but heavy rain again by the porenoon & then most of the say. no wah Fine bright morning. No work as gpound if all terribly muddy? Fine bright day all day. No wol. concert this afternoon. A lot of mail wad issued to the Americans yesterday but none t anyoe else, Searle got a letter dated Feby 1943 addvessed to gava & be-addressed on bieve So there is some hope that I may get same of my gave letters some day. We have started to new vigilant guard schedule now, the first man doing 2 /½ livs - 2130 -2406 & then three others daing I bour eash. This mean that apile four a night are on & walses it fess often fer each of us to do. Showes were tuned on today for the first time for very many nonths Sunny. usual church services. Fim day Pork in the soup tonisat. One of our fies) was Billed as usual an dturday. It weighed 59 Kiles s delivered to be nares auttovities on Satuda vering to keep in cold stovage, on sunday 26 stlos were delivered by them to our Eitchen t for 500 so we whilst they retain the balance for the 50 of their guard, including both haig + the win. you lat day. wek from 1330-1630 sun was terribly strong & we were woling in the full glare of it. Brig gn mcBride (nA) was postrote by te weat & died during te night Ho was a splanid chap, very possliar with eveningn his death was undoutedl due solds to being compelled to wile ot his dge out in the seayong sun. Visilant guard tonight 2120-1400 very loe day again. No worls this afternoon as bigsen mcBride was buried. Bun each issued today Vevy bot again. Work from 1339 -1630. Develosed a terrible leadach with the west & coald bardly keep going. letter put in from our equad requeste that whole question of work be revieved as most of us in view ofour a etc are unable to stand up to the hard manual labour required to cal 1 wrle of toilet soap each issual lyter nppene authorities today work today 1330 -1620. Again very hob. After we binisled work Brig neleod was gitting town with all te rest of us writing for the pall in, Ithe sent sarg out an order in Japnese which nobedy inentan He then eignalled will his hands for us to get up icseon, with the rest of us was in the fact or ding 50 - was bad on his feel - when the sentry walked up to him & wiched ai vidouily. Lody cap dt beed a conference with all sqnad o to coup
1944 o 12 14 16 17 sent to him following up nickrides duth in w ive requested that Doa offices aver 5o be mayled from manual Calor in lee treat. H septed that of be oented officers over 50 the par could hoe go on out that if tlose officer who feee they could not contine the work would subpit their names they would be wedically qamined to assertain whether ba really were tunfit or were morely lany & ten be boued freeles bery to treat them wae rood to giv fla serribly but to day, work from 1930 130 dig peda sotate out in tls olaying sun. He badace & jeet so tind & ill when I came fo that I could not eat mucer supperca pu told squa de test wort m canten that is officers consider that ter bealth gont afand the work in the beat they must be cae by the nexpon cojoral - but if be decides they pre sl then they will be tretted ao layy & Unwelling to o operats & will be feet in a speatee suad, tete last to wh & wle be will all ar who created by a riged apaition of all rulativo. enclaided that thes would wean loft ba you fb as we were at larenko be tre t carde to read to eet aflic on bedg permit as during the tlay g would receive specisl for to ensure that dhay goe no entras sae oly tha hare basic ration - However be exsainde the dearyr to nittiate so oft wevld worst work in the heat oftes day alf cate of enior officer Very hot day again all turned outto sr 1-113 in spite of the putence pren more nail reane radie s farcelot t amoricans. We australians cou halp feeling tht Dmdgn to wrong onarlieres we are getting fse ae and adjolutsy ns prcels allowed t write another letter to say Surday yary et e again hens sonvic gust as we caned up for woll aill a feavy tunderstorn wrolse with rain. very hat day. new woke schedule finder which all sque excet te y mer wak in mornings from 0815 -1145 pte you men in the asteriton announced took we walled from 0830 -1120. Defelyed a severe bearache. 760 Red Crosspaveels came into camp today hew schodule today & we worled rom 0815-1115 in Cerrific Reab, Red Crosprcels not yet released by te Japs. June in from worke feling so wretched with Geat that I coulde on any Apich, nat this morning 0915 -1115. not quitt co loe as eyesterday. Bed Cros pavees to be csould tmrrow by agoitst indiviual opened in the predence of the hisfonese auitorities.
1844 18 2419 20 21 22 24 25 36 27 led crow parcie distributed todday _ 15 eh parcel between each tio officer. Content o pargele 3 1207 beef & ten solible cope 4 vay tris outer in salmon rackets cigar cakes sod 1 racket Krafe char sagancale 2 packets eating chocdlat this spam th greserved meats. t & spiec rol 1ten Klim (wille pindeed) packet Raisin or prenee t gain stared a ten of bully beof will gooed For Dy Io was mest asceptabl! Ading say so no wrk. Rained all night but five this man so we were turned out to world this morin sundy. Rain day. usual services. Good on very oad at tenved ee wees weather which makes the vegetaoee suprly ouggicult. Hwever the cupp of se cross goods in our pircels makes up for it. still damp & ming so no werls fody wate today O815 -1115. Erale fil -dofelle for 500 in the Doup tonight. Neigle & 57:2 hilos irease of RRelon &or tody 0815-1115. Very bot Ngilant Guard tonight 5000/- 0200 wale today 0915-1115 Very fiorce sung& tornifical not lange mail in for divenicans gesterday but none for any of the Australipus. The only way for us to get letters secup to be if our people will start sending them to us vic americ wal today 0815 1115 Terrificall Ast ware given prmision to oveing in two exe plate h oetre arrived bday clotles, boots tefet artiala pipe peaces nedicires et Wale todo 0815-1115 Very lot Lande Britpa mail delivered tody but none for any a we australians although Austoglian ltters were delivered to British officers we cannot help feeling that we, are being deliverately kept from letters. Ofparer our best toe of recliving thant is of teir leters are sen vix Americe Sunday usual services. Very lot norring. Heavy rain at midday but without any change of Engorature
1996 ma 2 30 gune fr Norle to day O815 -1115 not quil so bet Very leare rysternis developed late in the aftenoon s0 ticles of forer suppered by the nponge for tonights soup wak day 2815-1115 god very stemely & slowero of rain all the cime. We were put to wor charce in, the soye meof o it was most unpleasant very leltery raid in the Afternoon No wgl in morning but all tanger out to were in agternoon an gavral exanup of camp all terned out to work on general clear i again. General clean-up all morning. Weather has bee very muggy + close flast few das. vre all morning out on fam pland untile deen in mid sut under a terrific sun. In the afternoon affew letters for Britich officers were alllivered It transpire that they have been here for a week out as more letters arived todday they were burriedly put fut. & in Sharp contract to leters for the Amonan which are invariable sorted & delivered ay the hypsyre seaff toe same day tane thay cusert this afternoon arriee Sunday Terribly wos day. camp anhousti lonry would be an aunowed O endary nglng dayg we we morning on the farm. Enlisted men also walied all astenoon on the farm. one cannot kelp feeling that this is the result of nobody being prepared to state recently that ta woldh, le a pemishent sooner than upth; that having got us where he wants us t camp candt is now proceeding to sbep us weere we get of no outside wole "today but all equado turned out for outsed policing reapy for inspection. During the Afternoon a party of Eapance officers came through duisfocted the camp. Beny large Rrittlle made came an ysterday & was distributed torky, ong again none for we anly one a to usts. get any but the rest of the c near All got letters, many of them 15-130 no wok today Visit by repraentes a Enternatiral Red Cron, Party was sefected iter him & ondered to sudmit to camp Authorities for apraval the list of parters which they wished to mis fon Cla & dim thyer were both on te part. Dull clouly day but very close
1940 Jine sun vers had toth yst with lan ed Ero nop main item disud were sed tron cuplies. He inforye us we more anolable liver food of athing. othing sent & this camn was nothing lll as much as ane garment per person rou, &e suprlies were by 1½ paysel each. He cretained that so mush hs oeen required to internees that there is no more left us Work today 0815-1115. Disl bottday mt tody 0815-1115 now that hed re to gone various patters have com toa and a few days before lin visit tw aa onlisted men camly a stray sowl & not one ofs ours and killed it& were cause booking it. The Camp comdt deaet wit t tod e sentened the t men concerned tho oer conrted with it to five doy confinement in cello - Cut in q 6x6 cele tply given rese a water. He then dead with the whole squad on the ground tht is pay menter of a squad does anything wrong everpond other member af equad is to blans & mpst be punished, He centrused te others to 44 hurs coniener icella was no ads sl worning. He then isued ond ers fr tes whole camp the e aell iinate cooking must cease & the freflage be dismanteed & tlat nobody nuse be on bed ago a mg duning siaste bours 1004:30. He also ovelered that all prwte conforted ai in Squads 9g 10 (tls lapt & sabs) mjust be canted in al once & they are only to be allawed hand forms. He also andounced that the chief Cout will come to do canp tor to go into the question of compulsar work chief ande arrived this manning &o seing officers were taken before him in groyps. Tbe fiirst group was & Amoigan herisg CloLabout 50 in all H Advessed them enplaining that the worls was for our berefit ets. He ten tol all or them who ware not willing to wals to holl up their hands. Eeryore encet one d 30 & this was the begining of a Horemane whiah made our position sute upan. He thn took British gig ses & bed is the same thing - out did not pale us to give any indiction whether we desired to high. He then tool Dutch Cold & asked teem if they agreed with a regent lotte which weilt on from the seved officers otesting against the wgother alashe of the whera convention. They stpted tht they did. We were then all desprissed to our quarter. afternoon we were respected in our qarter guat mylle cant Very heavy showers of rain all day

1944
April
22  Weighed today - 52 kilos, an increase of 1 kilo.
This afternoon without warning to camp authority
turned out all Squads to work - a new departure
working on Saturday afternoon.  The sow has at
last farrowed - 14, 11 of them still living.
23.  Anzac Sunday.  Special service at 10.45 this
morning & this afternoon a visit to the camp
cemetery.  Rained practically all day.  No pig
was killed this week-end, the first we have
missed for several weeks.  A new time-table
was announced today for the morning.  Reveille at
0630 & roll call parade at 0650 for which we
have to be in the parade area at 0645.  This leave
15 mins in which to get up, make beds, tidy out
rooms, wash & dress!
24.  Resumed work today.  Very hard "chungbling" & got
thoroughly tired.  Close muggy day but no
actual rain until the night when it rained
very hard.
25.  Anzac Day.  No work for the Gen's. squads today but
all the rest were out at work this morning.
must have strained a muscle at work yesterday
as my back - the lower part - is very sore whenever I
move.  Fine hot day.
26.  Work today 1330 - 1630.  Very hot indeed.  Heavy
cloud in evening but no rain.  Back still
a little sore when I move.
27.  Work today 1330 - 1630.  Very hot indeed.  This morning
Group-Capt. Bishop was working & carried a load of
dirt to the place indicated to him by Brig. Lucas
who was in charge of the job.  This place apparently
did not agree with the views of the Nippon N.C.O.
in charge of the sentries who immediately went up
to Bishop & "beat him up" severely.  Vigilant guard
tonight 0900 - 1100 2100 - 2300 hrs (Gen. C last night) Bun
each issued today.  This morning we were all
turned out for 1½ hrs general cleaning up of
camp in addition to the afternoon's work.  Back
is still pretty sore.
28  Work today 1330 - 1630.  Very heavy rain last
night & today was much cooler.
29.  Holiday today for the Emperor's birthday.  Three
bananas & 6 lollies issued to each of us &
an issue of pork - 25 kilos for the 500 of us
tonight.
30th.  Heavy rain all day.  Orders had been issued that we
were all to work all day in spite of it being
Sunday but the rain stopped all work for officers
although they took the enlisted men out in the
rain this afternoon for some time & made them
dig in the mud of the fish pond.  There is a big
inspection coming off on Tuesday.
May 1st.  Very wet day.  New Rev orders today for Reveille at
0600 hrs - Roll call at 0620.  Evening Roll call
at 7030 & lights out at 0 2130.  Standing by
all day for an inspection but nothing happened.
2  Inspected today by Chief Commandant of Taiwan
P.O.W. Camps who addressed us.  Main theme
was that we must be patient & make the
best of our captivity, that Nippon authorities
1944
May 2
[*(contd)*]  were doing all they could to provide us with
reasonable comfort etc & that it was up to us
not to make things worse by objecting to work
quarrelling etc.  Very wet day again.
May 3.  Very wet day again.  No work.  Inspected this
afternoon by a number of officers who are
rumored to be Camp Comdts. from various camps
of PO'Ws in Taiwan.
4.  Fine early this morning but heavy rain again
by the afternoon & then most of the day.  No work
5  Fine bright morning, no work as ground is
all terribly muddy.
6.  Fine bright day all day.  No work.  Concert
this afternoon.  A lot of mail was issued to
the Americans yesterday but none to anyone
else.  Searle got a letter dated Feby 1943
addressed to Java & re-addressed on here
so there is some hope that I may get some
of my Java letters some day.  We have
started a new vigilant guard schedule now,
the first man doing 2½ hrs - 2130 - 2400 & then three
others doing 2 hours each.  This means that only
four a night are on & makes it less often
for each of us to do.  Showers were turned on
today for the first time for very many months.
7  Sunday.  Usual church services.  Fine day.
Pork in the soup tonight.  One of our pigs was
killed as usual on Saturday.  It weighed 56 kilos
as delivered to the Nipponese authorities on Saturday
evening to keep in cold storage.  On Sunday 26 kilos.
were delivered by them to our kitchen - for 500
POWs whilst they retain the balance for the 50
of their guard, including both hams & the loin.
8.  Very hot day.  Work from 0 1330 - 1630.  Sun was
terribly strong & we were working in the full
glare of it.  Brig. Gen McBride (USA) was prostrated
by the heat & died during the night.  He was
a splendid chap, very popular with everythingone &
his death was undoubtedly due solely to being
compelled to work at his age out in the blazing
sun.  Vigilant guard tonight 2130 - 2400.
9.  Very hot day again.  No work this afternoon as Brig Gen
McBride was buried.  Bun each issued today.
10.  Very hot again.  Work from 1330 - 1630.  Developed a
terrible headache with the heat & could hardly
keep going.   Letter put in from our squad regarding
that whole question of work be reviewed as most
of us in view of our age etc are unable to stand
up to the hard manual labour required.  4 cakes
11.  Work of toilet soap each issued by the Nipponese
authorities today.
11.  Work today 1330 - 1630.  Again very hot.  After we
finished work Brig. McLeod was sitting down with
all the rest of us waiting for the fall in.  The sentry
sang out an order in Japanese which nobody understood.
He then signalled with his hands for us to get up.
McLeod, with the rest of us was in the act of doing
so - was back on his feet - when the sentry walked
up to him & kicked him violently.  Today Camp Cmdt
held a conference with all Squad as to letter

 

 

1944
May 11 
 [*cont*] sent by him following up McBride's death in which
we requested that Senior Officers over 50 be exempted
from manual labor in this heat.  He stated that
if he exempted officers over 50 the farm could
not go on but that if those officers who felt
they could not continue the work would submit
their names they would be medically examined
to ascertain whether they really were unfit
or were merely lazy & then he would decide how
to treat them & what food to give them.
12.  Terrible hot today.  Work from 1330 - 1630 digging
potatoes out in the blazing sun.  Developed a bad
headache & felt so tired & ill when I came in
that I could not eat much supper.  Camp Comdt
has told Squad Leaders that work must continue,
that if officers consider that their health wont stand
the work in the heat they must be examined by the
Nippon corporal - but if he decides they are fit
then they will be treated as lazy & unwilling to
"co-operate" & will be put in a special squad together
with all others who object to work & will be
treated by a rigid application of all regulations.
He explained that this would mean that they would
be treated as we were at Karenko & would be not
permitted to play cards, to read, to sit or lie on beds
during the day & would receive special food so as
to ensure that they got no extras but only the
bare basic ration - However he explained that
he would endeavour to mitigate some of the
worst work in the heat of the day - at least for
senior officers.
13.  Very hot day again.  All turned out to work
this morning 0830 - 1130 in spite of the intense sun.
More mail & some radios & parcels for some of
the Americans.  We Australians cannot help
feeling that something is wrong somewhere.  We
are getting far less letters than anyone else
and absolutely no parcels.  Allowed to write
another letter today.
14.  Sunday.  Very hot day again.  Usual services.
Just as we turned up for roll-call a heavy
thunderstorm broke with rain.
15.  Very hot day.  New work schedule under
which all squads except the younger men
work in mornings from 0815 - 1115 & the younger
men in the afternoon announced today.  Today
we worked from 0830 - 1130.  Developed
a severe headache.  760 Red Cross parcels
came into camp today.
16.  New schedule today & we worked from
0815 - 1115 in terrific heat.  Red Cross parcels 
not yet released by the Japs.  came in 
from work feeling so wretched with
heat that I couldn't eat any lunch.
17.  Work this morning 0815 - 1115.  Not quite so hot
as yesterday.  Red Cross parcels to be
issued tomorrow by squads to individuals &
opened in the presence of the Nipponese
authorities.

 

 

 

1944
May 18  Red Cross parcels distributed today - 1½ each i.e. 3
parcels between each two officers. Contents of parcels:-
3 12oz beef
2 tins soluble coffee
4 4oz tins butter
1 tin salmon
7 packets cigarettes
2 cakes soap
1 packet Kraft cheese
1     "     sugar cubes
2 packets eating chocolate
2 tins spam.
2 tin preserved meats - Pate & spiced roll.
1 tin Klim (milk powdered)
1 packet Raisins or prunes
1 tin jam
May 19 Shared a tin of bully beef with Trott & Torrance
today. It was most acceptable! Rainy day 
so no work.
20 Rained all night but fine this morning
so we were turned out to work this 
morning.
21.  Sunday. Rainy day. Usual services. Food is 
very bad at present owing to continued
wet weather which makes the vegetable
supply difficult. However the supply of Red
Cross goods in our parcels makes up for it.
22 Still damp & rainy so no work today.
23 Work today 0815 - 1115. Fresh fish - 20 kilos for
500 in the soup tonight.
24 Weighed today - 52.2 kilos increase of .2 kilos. Work
today 0815 - 1115. Very hot. Vigilant guard
tonight 0 0001 - 0200.
25.  Work today 0815 - 1115. Very fierce sun & terrifically
hot. Large mail in for Americans yesterday
but none for any of the Australians. The 
only way for us to get letters seems to be if
our people will start sending them to us
via America.
26.  Work today 0815 - 1115.  Terrifically hot. Were
given permission to bring in two sweet potatoes
each & cook them.  More Red Cross stores
arrived today, clothes, boots, toilet articles
pipe tobacco medicines etc.
27.  Work today 0815 - 1115.  Very hot. Large British
mail delivered today but none for any of
we Australians although Australian letters
were delivered to British officers.  We
cannot help feeling that we are being
deliberately kept from letters.  Apparently
our best hope of receiving them is if our
letters are sent via America!
28.  Sunday.  Usual services.  Very hot morning.  Heavy
rain at midday but without any change of
temperature

 

 

 

1944
May 29  Work today 0815 - 1115.  Not quite so hot.  Very heavy
rain storms developed late in the afternoon.  30
kilos of pork supplied by the Nipponese for
tonight's soup.
30.  Work today 0815 - 1115.  Ground very soft & muddy
& showers of rain all the time.  We were put to
work "chunkling" in the soft mud & it was
most unpleasant.  Very heavy rain in the
afternoon.
May 31  No work in morning but all turned out
to work in afternoon on general clean-up
of camp
June 1st.  All turned out to work on general clean-up
again.
June 2nd.  General clean-up all morning.  Weather
has been very muggy & close last few
days.
3  Work all morning out on farm standing
ankle deep in mud but under a
terrific sun.  In the afternoon a few
letters for British officers were delivered.
It transpires that they have been here
for a week, but as more letters arrive
today they were hurriedly put out.  It is
in sharp contrast to letters for the Americans
which are invariably sorted & delivered by
the Nipponese staff the same day that they
arrive!  Concert this afternoon.
4. Sunday. Terribly hot day. Camp authorities
announced that today would be an
ordinary working day & we worked all
morning on the farm. Enlisted men
also worked all afternoon on the
farm.  One cannot help feeling that this
is the result of nobody being prepared
to state recently that they would take
a punishment sooner than work; that
having got is where he wants us, the
Camp Comdt is now proceeding to show
us where we get off!
5  No outside work today but all squads
turned ut for outside policing ready for
inspection.  During the afternoon a party of
Japanese officers came through & inspected
the camp.  Very large British mail came
in esterday & was distributed today.  Once
again none for me.  Only one or two Austs.
got any but the rest of the camp nearly
all got letters, many of them 15 - 20.
6  No work today.  Visit by representative of
International Red Cross.  Party was selected to
interview him & ordered to submit to camp
Authorities for approval the list of matters
which they wished to rise.  Gen. Callaghan
& Jim Thyer were both on the party. Dull
cloudy day but very close

 

 

June 7  Our reps, had a long talk, yesterday with
Red Cross Rep.  Main items discussed were
Red Cross supplies.  He informed us no more
available either food or clothing.  Clothing sent
to this camp was nothing like as much as
one garment per person & only food supplies
were the 1½ parcel each.  He explained that
so much has been required for internees
that there is no more left for us.
Work today 0815 - 1115.  Dull hot day.
8  Work today 0815 - 1115.  Now that Red Cross rep. is
past gone various matters have come to a
head.  A few days before his visit two American
enlisted men caught a stray fowl - not one
of ous ours - and killed it & were caught
cooking it.  The Camp Comdt. dealt with them
today.  He sentenced the two men concerned &
two others connected with it to five days solitary
confinement in cells - shut in a 6 x 6 cell & only
given rice & water.  He then dealt with the
whole squad on the ground that if any member
of a squad does anything wrong everyone other
member of the squad is to blame & must be
punished.  He sentenced the others to 24 hours
confinement in cells & a week no "smokoh" whilst
working.  He then issued orders for the whole
camp that he all private cooking must
cease & the fireplaces be dismantled & that
nobody must let lie on beds except at
night & during siesta hours 1.0 - 2.30.  He
also ordered that all private comfortable chairs
in squads 9 & 10 (the Capts & Subs) must be handed
in at once & they are only to be allowed
hard forms.  He also announced that the
Chief Comdt. will come to the camp tomorrow
to go into the question of compulsory work.
9  Capt . Chief Comdt. arrived this morning & the
Senior Officers were taken before him in
groups.  The first group was all American
Gens & Cols - about 50 in all.  He addressed
them explaining that the work was for
our benefit etc.  He then told all of them
who were not willing to work to hold up
their hands.  Everyone except one did
so & this was the beginning of a movment
which made our position quite clear.  He
then took Brisitsh Gens and Cols & told us
the same thing - but did not ask us
to give any indication whether we desired
to work.  He then took Dutch Cols & asked
them if they agreed with a recent letter
which went in from the Senior Officers
protesting against the work & other breaches
of the Geneva Convention.  They stated that
they did.  We were all dismissed to
our quarters.
This afternoon we were inspected in our quarters
by the Camp Comdt.
Very heavy showers of rain all day.

 



 

 

 

 

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