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    • Three soldiers on patrol

    • Military personnel; Soldiers; Military uniforms; Arms & armament; Helmets
    • Three soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division walking through high vegetation while on patrol in the Iron Triangle. At least one of the soldiers is carrying an M60 machine gun.
    • Quilt

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    • This quilt was made by Katherine Hicks, born in 1847. The design is a 9-patch within a 25-patch block. The top contains approximately 4361 pieces. She made the quilt when she was 13 years old, which was approximately 1860. The reverse portion of...
    • A Wartime Log

    • Frontispieces
    • This printed page reads,"A Wartime log for British Prisoners." The diaries were distributed to prisoners during World War II by the War Prisoners Aid of the Y.M.C.A. The item was published in Geneva, Switzerland. Mitchener has added a question mark...
    • From the West

    • Tanks (Military science)
    • 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...
    • Kriege Rations

    • Songs; Musical notation; Barbed wire
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Exit

    • Evacuations; Barbed wire; Prisoners; Fences
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the POWs departing the German prison camp. They have not been released, but rather, they are being relocated to another POW camp farther west because of the approaching Russians from the East. Mitchener has...
    • 1945, January 12 - From Memel to Budapest

    • Tanks (Military science); Maps; Calendars
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the oncoming Russian advance into Poland and Germany in January 1945. It is captioned,"From Memel to Budapest" and "Uncle Joe Moves Again." The diarist has drawn a calendar with the date January 12 circled as...
    • Evacuation

    • Rooms & spaces; Evacuations; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the barracks as they appeared on January 27, 1945, after a rapid evacuation of the POW camp. The picture shows the interior of a room with everything in disarray. He writes,"As result [sic] on a cold Sat. P.M....
    • 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...
    • Resting a Bit

    • Barbed wire; Rooms & spaces; Prisoners; Windows; Rugs; Furniture
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows a bedroom in what appears to be a private home. One prisoner can be seen by the bed, resting. Mitchener writes,"About thirteen hours later & 29 km. -- 'Resting a Bit' - In the hamlet of Freiwaldau, the caravan...
    • The Kitchen

    • Barbed wire; Rooms & spaces; Stoves; Kitchens; Pots & pans
    • This page in Mitchener's diary includes a drawing of the kitchen, in which a large cooking stove is pictured. On top of this image, he has written a number of commonly used phrases, including,"shut the d - ' door!" and "The skillet's dirty again!"...
    • A Corner of the Library

    • Shelving; Books; Libraries
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the library at the POW camp. On the top of the page, he has written,"For a little learning is a dangerous thing." Underneath this, he has drawn a picture of books on shelves and...
    • Food Acco

    • Barbed wire; Food; Food supply; Shelving; Counters
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the food supply area at the camp. On the top, he has written,"And any army travels on its stomach any stomach" On the counter, he has drawn a posted sign listing the specials of...

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