The diary of John P. Sandford
31 January - 11 February 1945
|JAN. 31. to Tempelburg [Czaplinek]:||14 km||8.4 miles||92.4 total miles|
March by large lake and up long steep hill ... see many German vehicles being towed - group split in two - sleep in eaves of barn - some cheese for cigar - milesk - thaw.
|FEB. 1. to Heinrichsdorf [Siemczyno]:||6 km||3.6 miles||96 total miles|
Last attempt with sleds - most break down loads - a few hardies pull on - sleep in barn with reaper for ramp .. slippery hill ... long haul for water and wood - rain late afternoon - potato peeling detail finds jars of food - potato and soup issue with many slipping and falling - bread stolen from goon truck.
|FEB, 2. to Zuelshagen [Suliszewo]:||17 km||10.2 miles||106.2 total miles|
A few sick left behind but all urged to make the march if possible since CO of district is Nazi. Billeted in attic of small church - floor covered with school charts ... maps of Germany - two small charts of a MG defensive position. Cart straw for bedding.
|FEB, 3. layover:|
Town full of SS troops who accuse O's of stealing - situation momentarily tense roadblock of logs built during night - Germans live off the land - butcher hogs - soup issue - rain.
|FEB, 4. to Gienow [Ginawa]:||17 km||10.2 miles||116.4 total miles|
March via Dramburg [Drawsko] ... Janikow [Janikowo] - quartering party sent ahead - small village barns in quadrangle - herd of registered cows - sleep in loft - Henkenhagen [?].
|FEB, 5. to Zeitlitz [Siedlice]:||21 km||12.6 miles||129 total miles|
Via Wangerin [Wegorzyno] ... Ruhnow [Runowo] (R.R. & Troop Train). Barn and cluster of buildings. 180 leave by boxcar. 550 O's left in group.
|FEB, 6. to Regenwalde [Resko]:||22 km||13.2 miles||142 total miles|
Marine barracks - 1/6 loaf of bread - soup and oatmeal.
|FEB, 7. to Lebbin [Lubinek]:||20 km||12 miles||154.2 total miles|
Via Plathe [Ploty] - crowded barn - no aisle - issue of spuds - 1/8 loaf bread
|FEB, 8. to Stuchow [Stuchowo]:||20 km||12 miles||166.2 total miles|
Via Greifenberg [Gryfice] - Russian, English, Canadian POWs herded along road at fast pace -guards beating them with rifle butts - forlorn sight. Stay at large estate & farm "Castle House" Russian Arbeiter in dirty cramped quarters give cottage cheese with sugar, boiled potatoes, bread. Young woman sobs while we eat - show snapshots assure them the war will soon be over - they refuse to accept cigarettes. German issue of soup.
|FEB, 9. to Stresow [Strzezewo] (Outskirts):||14 km||8.4 miles||174.6 total miles|
Via Justin [Gostyn] - French POWs pass on road. Sleep in barn - shifting hay - Bill (Warthen) has G.I's. Issue spuds and gravy.
|FEB, 10. to Dievenow [Dziwnow]:||17 km||10.2 miles||184.8 total miles|
Via Fritzow [Wrzosowo] - scenic "tourist" country - neat, trim cottages named - town chock full of children of the Goering Home for Children - stay in barracks at airport for seaplanes on island - air school with many singing marching youths in attendance.
|FEB, 11. to Neuendorf [Wiselka]:||15 km||9 miles||193.8 total miles|
Via Leimbrink [Granik] (Resort town) - cottages with trim blue shutters - neatly stacked conical wood piles - farm on miniature lake - sleep in loft with no "aisle" space.
(Map by Ulrich Koch, Berlin - Germany)
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