The diary of John P. Sandford
10 April - 29 April 1945
|APRIL 10. - to Niederumelsdorf:||15 km||9.37 miles||63.12 total miles|
2nd floor of barn via steps across hill from town.
|APRIL 11. - layover Niederumelsdorf:|
Beautiful day. Dig potatoes in muddy manure seed bed - wash in stream. 1/12 Brot.
APRIL 12. - layover Niederumelsdorf:
2 km for appeal formation on road. New potato bed found by a hop field. Go to town nix on trades - next to grocery store - big fleet of bombers - smoke pots - a jettisoned incendiary bomb hits village.
|APRIL 13. - to Margarethentann:||4 km||2.5 miles||65.62 total miles|
Short march with much waiting en route - through town - pass radar - large farm. Trade with frau (Get Brot saccharine) while waiting in line. Sleep on shifting straw. Issue 2/9 loaf.
|APRIL 14. - layover Margarethentann:|
Carrots. Sweat out getting milesk. Milesking arbeit women willing but cockeyed goon guard says nix - teases bull - issue 2/9 Brot. French worker gives can meaty soup. Officer shot through lip by radar SS men. On brot detail night.
|APRIL 15. - layover Margarethentann:|
Appeal formation on highway - 1/9 brot issue.
|APRIL 16. - to Holzhausen:||11 km||6.875 miles||72.495 total miles|
Surprise issue of 1/4 RC Box #10 & 1/4 French parcel. Scramble for wood - 2nd story barn. French parcel has 4 cakes, 6 packs French cigarettes, 5 cans sardines, 2 lbs sugar.
|APRIL 17. - to Obermuenchen:||8 km||5 miles||77.5 total miles|
Issue 1/2 #10 RC Box & 1/4 English RC.
|APRIL 18. - Gammelsdorf:||6 km||3.75 miles||81.425 total miles|
Farmer in bare feet - across from small stream - fire built in a hurry at night. In a lighted barn.
|APRIL 19. - layover Gammelsdorf:|
Potatoes, grain picked up and ground. Headquarters moves into farm building.
|APRIL 20. - to Moosburg:||8 km||5 miles||86.25 total miles|
March the final lap - beautiful countryside. We are divided into groups and enter camp (VII A) - searched hastily - showers - billet - Argentine bulk issue of crackers cheese.
Click here to go to the web site of POW camp STALAG VII-A, Moosburg
|APRIL 29th. - Liberation Day at Moosburg!|
|Grand total of miles walked - 439
Days on the road - 82
(Map by Ulrich Koch, Berlin - Germany)
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