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    • 2nd Battalion/2nd Infantry bayonet drill

    • Armories; Military facilities; Bayonets; Military maneuvers; Rifles; Militias; Military training; Firearms
    • A member of the Tennessee State Guard practices using his bayonet while another guardsman watches during maneuvers at the Clarksville Armory.
    • 2nd Battalion/2nd Infantry gas mask drill

    • Armories; Military facilities; Gas Masks; Military maneuvers; Rifles; Machine guns; Militias; Military training; Firearms; Gas warfare; Tear gas; Chemicals
    • Members of the Tennessee State Guard practice a military exercise using gas masks, rifles and machine guns during maneuvers at the Clarksville Armory.
    • Board!

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Railroads
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows a drawing of two train cars with "40 Hommes 8 Cheveaux"(40 men 8 horses) written on one of the cars. Mitchener writes,"As you approach the 'Zug' [train] Yards - Spremburg---'Board!' Fifty-six men per car--Hardly...
    • Brigade Officers' School

    • Militias; Military uniforms; Schools; Military training; Military education
    • Officers of Headquarters and Staff, 2nd Brigade, 2nd, 7th, and 10th Regiments of the Tennessee State Guard. These men are attending Brigade Officers' School at Vanderbilt University.
    • C.C.C.P. (U.S.S.R.)

    • Names
    • This page includes the contact information for Dorothy [June] Krout. Mitchener has only written,"[L.T.] operator Naval [Base] Atlanta, Ga." The other side of the page is blank except for the printer's information, which reads, "Printed by Atar S....
    • C'est le Guerre

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Military personnel; War; Fighting; Firearms
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the prisoners and guards seeking cover in a trench; several German guards are pictured shooting guns. Mitchener writes, "Near Priebus, second nite out ---C'est le guerre [It's war] - Down the road, rattled a...
    • Christmas Eve

    • Programs; Holidays; Christmas carols
    • 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...
    • Christmas Time

    • Houses; Programs
    • 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.
    • Church Services

    • Programs; Holidays; Religious services
    • This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes a dedication page that reads, "The Senior American Officer extends very cordial season's greetings to all officers and men under his...
    • Comrade to Freedom

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Hands; Ball & chain
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a short poem called "Comrade to Freedom." The poem observes that men who have never been in bondage do not truly understand the joys of freedom.
    • Contact names

    • 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...
    • D. C. Van Weelden

    • Soldiers; Names
    • This page lists one contact name. Mitchener has written, "D. C. Van Weelden/Nyack, N.Y. (30 Mi. N of N.Y. in Hudson Valley). Contact concerning Alaska." The page has a cut-out piece of cardboard with Lt. Mitchener's name on it. In addition to his...

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