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Alan’s letters 7

October 10, 2009


Alan’s letters 7

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11th December 1944

Dear Bill, By the time you receive this I expect you will have recovered from Christmas. I hope you took my advice and celebrated thoroughly. We are still receiving half a parcel a week so I expect we shall manage to alter the menu a little to mark the occasion. I did not expect to celebrate another Christmas in prison but with any luck this should be the last. Anyway, I shall be drinking your health on the 25th, although I am afraid it will have to be in coffee. Can you imagine me drinking coffee? Actually, I can hardly remember drinking anything stronger now although I intend to try the experiment again someday. The battledress is a very good fit and certainly repays the trouble you must have had in getting it. Soon after I got your letter saying Leslie was engaged I had one from him saying it was all off. Good old Leslie! I knew he would see sense before it was too late. He must be one of the only ones left now. 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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