Alan’s letters 5

October 10, 2009

Alan’s letters 5

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12th November 1944

Dear Bill, I have just received the uniform parcel which is very welcome. The battle dress fits very well and I need hardly say that the chocolate was more welcome than ever. I am still keeping fit and we now have half a red cross parcel a week so we are doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. Love Alan.

29th October 1944

Dear Bill, Mail has improved during this month and I have received your letters ranging from May to September. Sorry to hear there have been long periods without letters from me. I will post one every Sunday at least and hope it may arrive more regularly. I am very well and look forward to our first golf etc. sooner or later, love, 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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