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    • Our Creed

    • Mitchener wrote this poem in his diary during his stay at a German POW camp. The poem,"Our Creed," explores his ideas and feelings about being a prisoner of war.
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege's Lament, conclusion

    • This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament," written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the American POWs to their mothers and families....
    • 1944-1945
    • Then follows...Dulagluft

    • Mitchener drew this image during his stay at a German POW camp. The image represents the registration process of prisoners at Dulag Luft, after which they were sent to Stalag Luft III. Eleven names, listed on license plates, are pictured. They show...
    • 1944-1945
    • Thanks for the Memories

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a song along with a tiny illustration of a soldier in prison. The song is called "Thanks for the Memories" and is attributed to L. G. Young, POW. The song is a parody and makes light of the...
    • 1944-1945
    • Then and Now

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows two images, the first, a bombardier in an American B-17 airplane, and the second, a miserable prisoner of war who appears to be drinking. Mitchener is contrasting the two, and writes, "Then...
    • 1944-1945
    • Comrade to Freedom

    • 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.
    • 1944-1945
    • Prisoner's Prayer

    • This page is a poem,"Prisoner's Prayer." Mitchener notes that it was memorized by a POW from scratchings on the wall in a Vienna transition camp. The poem asks for God's protection for airmen facing "shell, flak, fire, and foe." He writes, in part,...
    • 1944-1945
    • Fighter Pilot, continued

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation from the previous page of a poem written by an African American POW, Hitchcock. Mitchener uses the word "colored" to describe him. The poem is called "Fighter Pilot" and is...
    • 1944-1945
    • Mothers' Sons, continued

    • This is the last page of "Mothers' Sons," a poem about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who will never see...
    • 1944-1945
    • Fighter Pilot

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem written by an African American POW, Hitchcock. Mitchener uses the word "colored" to describe him. The poem is called "Fighter Pilot" and is about the role and importance of fighter...
    • 1944-1945
    • Mother's Sons

    • This page is a poem, "Mothers' Sons," about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who never see their sons again....
    • 1944-1945
    • Time marches on

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows calendar images, each with a particular date enlarged and circled. He has drawn images next to the calendar pages, including a picture of a track and field athlete, a soldier, a minstrel...
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege's Lament, continued

    • This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament" written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the American POWs to their mothers and families....
    • 1944-1945
    • Saturday Evening Post

    • This page is a poem or list of things that Mitchener misses and craves during his imprisonment in a POW camp in Germany. He has then included a small poem that reads,"I have loved those things/Gentle living our country gave/You'll find them where...
    • 1944-1945
    • The B-17, continued

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation of a poem called "The B-17," by POW D. Hughes. The poem is about the greatness of the B-17 bomber. A drawing of a B-17 bomber with the word,"Glory!" above it can also be...
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege's Lament

    • This page (and the following three pages) features a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament," written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return home of the American POWs to their...
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege Rations

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the remainder of the song, "Thanks for the Memoires," which begins on the previous page of the diary. Another song, "Kriege Rations," is also shown. This song makes light of the fact that...
    • 1944-1945

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