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    POWs WWII - European Theatre

    Camp life, radios, diaries, letters.
  1. This radio definitely doesn't sit right with me. The entire design looks very 'clean', and not quite as bodged together as all of the radio samples I have been studying. For reference - here are some photographs of a radio typical of those which have survived. I feel like these images show the more typical radio - much less neat, particularly grubby, lots of wires and leads, rough solder, and wooden blocked handles. The specimen there definitely doesn't sit right with me, and I would not be comfortable including it in the radios chapter of my thesis.
  2. Those photographs are absolutely amazing. Do they look to be unofficial shots? The war log was also very interesting, I loved the page of "Kregie Kraft" as that's where most of my study interests lie!
  3. Really interesting to look at! Did he offer any more detail about the blower stove? He has a detailed drawing of a fairly advanced model there, and then an image of three men using them.
  4. I am now trying to collect together a data set comparing the different types of wings (and possibly checking for design changes between camps). In my travels I've come across a brilliant passage in a book which I thought you all might be interested in. Erik Dyreborg, The captured ones: American Prisoners of War in Germany, 1944-1945, (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2006), 120. https://books.google.com/books?id=Ii76VotVIcYC&pg=PA120&lpg=PA120&dq=POW+lead+wings+in+camp&source=bl&ots=GdJtzJ9DnG&sig=fQr4XG2duTg0kIpN3niWNS5YkA8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwir-pr8rNTKAhXDyRQKHRbpBUwQ6AEIKTAB#v=onepage&q=POW%20lead%20wings%20in%20camp&f=false "The manufacture of lead wings and insignia provided an interesting, time consuming and skilled pastime. The lead was recovered from the food cans we received. A small forge, complete with bellows to provide high heat, would be built utilizing the stove as the foundation and frame. The lead from many cans would then be melted in the forge. After the fire cooled all the lead particles would be recovered and melted again in an iron cup and the impurities skimmed off. Then a small mold made of wet fine sand would be imprinted with a set of wings, and the hot molten lead poured into the form. Then thin wires or other items would be inserted into the back of the hot metal to form some type of clasp. These wings sold for about two chocolate bars of candy however the cost would go down in direct ratio to the amount of lead or labour one would put into the project. This became an art and some of the officers who became skilled at the procedure profited and would make a couple of sets in one week. The securing of lead from the cans was a major problem. There is not very much lead in a little tin can, just a drop"
  5. Thank you very much to both of you, I greatly appreciate it! I will check out the book, and sent Kurt a message. He has been fantastically helpful in the past. Stacey.
  6. I'm currently writing about POW wings as part of my thesis, and am finding it particularly difficult to find any sources which mention them. I don't suppose any of you happen to know of any books, articles, memoirs, journals, or anything at all which discusses the wings? I think it said earlier in this thread that there's a section about them in Lee's A Wartime Log, has anyone read it?
  7. Thank you Matt, I have indeed come across this book, but sadly the postage is absolutely ridiculous to get it to where I'm based! It looks to have some interesting aspects, but as I'm largely looking at the full diaries it's beneficial for me to have copies of the full originals. This allows me to consider the text, images, appearance, materials used and other aspects. Those threads are fantastic, Kurt. I've been looking through the forums, but any diaries are always appreciated. I'm actually off to speak at a conference about the symbolism shown in the diaries tomorrow, so this may give me some extra images to display. Thank you for your help. Stacey.
  8. I thought that was very interesting too, especially in terms of the little things like the handcuffs displayed in tandem with the Dieppe Raid knife which to me holds strong implications of the retaliation cuffing the prisoners suffered - yet it has still been approved. I am working on a PhD focusing on camp life, with a specific interest in objects. I have two case study chapters which focus, in turn, on these journals, and camp radios. Finding the posts about journals here has been very interesting. I'm actually just preparing a conference paper regarding symbolism in the camps and there's some fantastic stuff in this thread, and forum. This is another log I'm currently working from http://issuu.com/sforl/docs/vern_turner_journal_finalfor_museum
  9. I have looked through this thread with great interest! There's some amazing logs here, and the link to the 7 online versions was particularly useful for me. This is one I've been looking at for my study http://www.trifoldcreative.com/warlog/Joseph_Moscoe_War_Log.pdf
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