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)

2002 Copyright Peter Domes -  Date of last change: 2021-07-10