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    • Then there's our theatre

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of a stage, on which he has written, "Hereon have appeared backdrops - Remarkable in that they were constructed with very few materials...much ingenuity." Under productions, he...
    • 1944-1945
    • The First Package from Home

    • This item, a shipping or mailing label, has been taped in Mitchener's diary. It indicates that a package was sent to Mitchener from his mother, Estelle F. Mitchener, of Nashville, Tennessee. The label has a stamp from a U. S. Censor. In his diary...
    • 1944-1945
    • Christmas Eve

    • This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes the lyrics to "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." The program lists carols performed by the "troubador group" on...
    • 1944-1945
    • Saturday Nite Jamboree

    • This page includes a mock certificate or award that Mitchener has given to himself for winning the "So You Want to Lead the Band" quiz program. The certificate reads,"Saturday Nite Jamboree - This is to Certify that Hardy A. Mitchener is Hep to...
    • 1944-1945
    • From the West

    • This page is blank except for a drawing of a military tank that has been cut out from another sheet of paper and placed in the diary. Underneath the tank, Mitchener has written, "From the West" and "Lt. Hardy A. Mitchener." In addition to the...
    • 1944-1945
    • The Cook Shack

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of several POW barracks within the camp. He has written, "An important item on the top of the page. Below is his drawing of the camp, "The Cook Shack." He includes information...
    • 1944-1945
    • RAF Expressions

    • This page includes a list of RAF (Royal Air Force) expressions, which include "Taking a good view," "Puttin' up a black," "getting a green," "Beacon crawling," "A short burst," and "Operational type." Mitchener has also drawn a picture of a soldier...
    • 1944-1945
    • The Classroom

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of a POW writing lessons on a chalkboard or blackboard. Above the blackboard, Mitchener has written,"For the sake of knowledge - to ward off monotony." He has listed a number of...
    • 1944-1945
    • Letter to Hardy Mitchener

    • This page includes a letter to Hardy Mitchener dated August 14. The letter reads, "I was in Nashville months ago, called your house and then didn't write. I have been so busy - Where are you stationed now and where will you be Labor Day Week-end?...
    • 1944-1945
    • It starts, usually, as…

    • This image was drawn by Hardy A. Mitchener, Jr. in the diary that he received during his stay at a German prisoner of war camp. It pictures an airman, probably Mitchener himself, falling out of the sky in a parachute. His plane has been shot down,...
    • 1944-1945
    • Thus Passed Christmas

    • This page has a playing card, a Jack of Spades, pasted on it. Next to the card, Mitchener has written, "#11" and "Thus passed Christmas -- As typical as barbed wire -- The cutting of cards designates selection of Kriege present."
    • 1944-1945
    • Christmas Time

    • This page has a Christmas program taped to it. The program reads, "Christmas Time Sagan, Germany, 1944." On the top of the page, Mitchener has written, "Our Entertainment - Yuletide --"The remainder of the program is on the following page.
    • 1944-1945
    • The Shower Room

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the showers at the POW camp. On the top of the image, he has written, "For 'cleanliness is next to godliness.'" Underneath the drawing, he has mentioned that the shower room is...
    • 1944-1945
    • Contact names

    • These final pages include contact information for four individuals, A. J. Jankura of Cleveland, Ohio; Joe L. Ogan of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Billy Jo [Trice] of Dallas, Texas; and C. Elmer Hicks from Louisville, Kentucky. He has also written, "Ask Olaf...
    • 1944-1945
    • Theatre Entertainment

    • This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes the lyrics to "Silent Night" and a schedule of the theatrical entertainment from Dec. 20-Dec. 23. Some of the events include "Holiday...
    • 1944-1945

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