Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The POW Diary of John Teune: Fleas and German Prisoners

The Teune brothers in their Army Air Corps uniforms. John is second from right.

August 26, 1944

Rather poor sleep -- fleas and bugs rather bad. Up about 7 a.m. had breakfast of eggs, bread and melon at restaurant. Learned that our baggage arrived from Timisul de Nos although some was missing, also that the German prisoners were now occupying our old camp, guarded by some Russians [Yikes! I'll bet THEY were having a good time!]. Our Russian orderlies are said to be in a village nearby. We took a walk out of the village. On our return we met two captured Germans, clean looking boys. Ernie told us he had spoken to them and they asked how prisoner life was and about the Red Cross; he said they were nice fellows. Listened to BBC news, then the power was cut off. The Germans seemed to have caputured or destroyed the power plant. We ate a dinner of soup and hamburgers and beer. We had our pants pressed by the maid of the house. We then went to the most modern bulding in town and took a hot shower after which I got a haircut and shave. Prices already are soaring. We then went out and purchased bread, salami, candy and melons for our supper. Food is getting a little scarce. The Red Cross provided cigarettes, etc., which we sold for a good price, also traded items.

The Englishmen, Collins and Huntley, arrived from camp after a trip from Slabisea where they were sent for an attempted escape. Some Russians and a few of our dogs came long. Played some Bridge, went to bed at 10:15. Smith slept on the floor. We threw some insect powder over the bed.

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