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Alan’s letters 20

October 10, 2009


Alan’s letters 20

Transcript of above

8th April 1943

Dear Mum, since my last letter I have received your letters of the 17th and 29th Jan. and am glad to see you are still doing well. This week we moved to a new camp, the postal address being the same as before. I am now in a room of six, an Australian, South African, and four English so I am getting to know the Empire pretty well by degrees. I have just received Gibson and Weldon’s course for the inter exam. This is going to be very valuable. I cannot tell whether this is from home or from the red x society, but many thanks to those concerned. The only book not available here for the exam is Stephens Commentaries and I believe you have already despatched a copy of this. As regards studying, I must confess results were not very good at the last camp. If this surprises you just imagine one room used for sleeping, cooking and living for 8 R.A.F types including 4 embryonic musicians and you will realise the difficulties in studying. However, time passes very quickly this way. All the best to you both, love Alan.

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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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