World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


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17//4/1944                                                                   To Block Commander, Block …3…

The following order is to be read out by all Block Commanders on the 1700 hours roll call on today’s date.



     As Senior Officer, I am responsible, assisted by Senior American Officers and Block Leaders, for the official representation of all prisoners of war in this compound. 

     I have informed the German authorities that I consider my duty is to look after the interests of prisoners and to assist the German authorities only when such assistance is of definite benefit to the prisoners themselves. 

     In consequence of my refusal to issue orders to prevent the alleged act of sabotage of burning the fence adjoining the sports ground, the German authorities have notified me of their intention to use fire-arms when necessary, to enforce their orders. 

     Whilst this fact constitutes no change in German policy, I feel it my duty to bring it to the notice of all concerned. 

     I also wish to bring to the notice of all officers the desirability of maintaining a standard of discipline compatible to their Officer status.  The practice of carrying on unnecessary conservations by individuals or by groups with German guards or interpreters is to cease forthwith.


N. W. D  Marwood-Elton
Group Captain
Senior British Officer 

H. O. Wangeman
Lt. Colonel
Senior American Officer











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