Christmas robin  by quietpurplehaze

Christmas robin

CHRISTMAS 1942
in the PoW camp: P.G. 68, Vetralla, Italy

"About a week before Christmas, more prisoners came in. They had been prisoner on Sicily for a short time, and I recognised one or two of my own regiment. At this time, our thoughts were centred on Christmas and we wondered what sort of a time we would have.

After a lot of discussion, it was decided to issue every man with a Red Cross Canadian parcel and 50 cigarettes on Christmas Eve. This sounded good: we had never received a parcel all to ourselves and we really looked forward to Christmas.

As Christmas drew near, we all made preparations and each man had his own ideas of making a trifle or cake. On Wed 23-12-42, we received 50 English cigarettes. We had a surprise later during the day with a visit from the Pope’s Ambassador. He wished us the season’s greetings and said he hoped we would soon return home. He gave us each a small book and some men received sets of Vatican stamps and medals. He gave 4 new accordions to the camp also.

On Christmas Eve, we each received a Canadian parcel, as we had decided. The great moment had arrived! The best way I can describe my Christmas is to make a menu card here of Christmas Day. We received nothing extra from the Italians - excepting two oranges each which we paid for!

Christmas Day

Breakfast: tea, 1 biscuit & butter.
Later: 1 biscuit & butter, salmon &
cheese, raisins & cream
Lunch: tea, ½ loaf & corned beef, 1 pint
rice with prunes,
jam, milk & sugar, orange & cream,
Tea: stodge (meat, macaroni and veg)
1 biscuit & butter.
Supper: tea. ½ loaf & meat roll. trifle.
an orange"

~ from the PoW diaries of my dad Bert Martin,
a signaller in 67th Med Regt., Royal Artillery

©SWWEC
Such a powerful story beautifully portrayed
December 22nd, 2015  
Beautiful capture and poignant memories Hazel ! fav
December 22nd, 2015  
Lovely Hazel.
December 22nd, 2015  
Beautiful!
December 22nd, 2015  
Lovely shot and a brilliant story. I love reading your Dad's stories.
December 22nd, 2015  
Lovely image & I love the POW story
December 22nd, 2015  
Wonderful capture and processing. Fav!
December 22nd, 2015  
Bep
I love reading your dad's stories. And of course I love this picture! Fav.
December 22nd, 2015  
Lovely shot fav!
December 22nd, 2015  
Christmas card perfect, I love robins so a FAV
December 22nd, 2015  
Fabulous capture, composition
December 22nd, 2015  
Fascinating account of a war time Christmas Hazel. Sure some war time association would be fascinated with your dads diaries, they are unique. Beautiful Robin taken at a great angle!
December 22nd, 2015  
Wonderful capture :)
December 22nd, 2015  
Beautiful Robin capture and framiing.It is nice to know your dad received a fairly good Christmas dinner one year at least.
December 22nd, 2015  
Beautiful. Fav 😃
December 22nd, 2015  
This is wonderful and I like the processing. What did you use for the border? Fav
December 22nd, 2015  
Thank you for sharing this fascinating page from the life of your Dad. Powerful story and love the details!
December 22nd, 2015  
Kim
Beautiful! I so enjoy getting to read excerpts from your Dad's diary!
December 22nd, 2015  
Lovely capture and processing
December 23rd, 2015  
Great story
December 23rd, 2015  
Lovely shot and very interesting narrative. FAV
December 23rd, 2015  
Love the story Hazel. Love the photo too.
December 23rd, 2015  
Beautifully presented
December 23rd, 2015  
@rosiekind

It's a frame mask in effects on FastStone (free to download)
December 23rd, 2015  
@quietpurplehaze Oh thanks Hazel. I shall have to give it a go
December 23rd, 2015  
Singing its little heart out!
December 24th, 2015  
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