Alan’s letters 17

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 17

Transcript of above

7th September 1943

Dear Mum, I have just received your letter of 14th August. It is very interesting to hear of all the local activities and I am glad to see that your prowess at bowls remains undiminished. You ask about my sports activities here. As the camp is built on the old silesian desert you will realise that our playing field consists of barren sand with no vestige of grass, but we play rugger, cricket and soccer as best as we can and the Americans play the inevitable ball game. This is all rather an apology for the real thing, but we do the best we can under the conditions. We have just completed building a camp theatre and the shows brighten life up a little. I expect we shall soon have some debates which should give me a chance to force a few words on some long-suffering audience. I have just written to Lacock and only wish I could deliver it in person. I am sorry for Jim Pike – I know what is is like. Glad to hear Bule and Bone abound, you should get some good stories! Love to you both and good bowling, Alan.


Alan Birley Bateman’s letters home from inside Stalagluft 3, while held as prisoner of war between 1942 and 1945. These letters give a first-hand, fascinating insight into life in the camp, and covers the period of “The Great Escape”

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