Official Reports on Camp Conditions

During the war, a British publication, The Prisoner of War journal, provided reports on conditions in POW camps to families of prisoners at home.

The journal was published by the Prisoners of War Department of the Red Cross and the St. John War Organization, St. James Palace, London.

Scans of the entire issue of this Prisoner of War publication—along with other issues of the journal from 1942–44—were contributed to the WWII Memories website by Jim Wicketts and his daughter Louise.

The following two items—from the April 1943 (Vol. 1, No. 12) issue of the journal—are reproduced here with permission of the WWII Memories site administrator.

The two on the right are old school pals who met again at Campo P.G. 59.

Campo P.G. 59 P.M. 3300, Servigliano

There are nearly 2,000 prisoners of war in this camp. A new building is nearly completed for N.C.O.s [non-commissioned officers] (of whom there are almost 300). The open spaces and roads in the camp are described as very muddy, although a great deal of gravel has been laid down. The buildings are said to be warm and heating not absolutely necessary. Parcels are distributed fortnightly, and mail arrives rather irregularly. Clothing conditions are satisfactory. The water supply is reported to be still unsatisfactory; the new water main has not yet been installed. A British dental officer has been allowed to order the necessary material for treatment. (Visited December.)