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Diary Book 1: Sept 1944 - June 1945
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fields by sundown we reached our destination - about 50 kilos - 35 miles - legs so tired they felt like lead weights. muscles so sore it hurt to move - put in crowded barn - sat up all night no place to sleep. - those that were there moved out next morning. we remained all next day 1 hot soup - bread & syrup - issued 1/2 loaf of bread & 1 can of syrup for 17 men for two days ration - marched to train station & put in box cars 60 men in "car" hardly room to stand. moved slowly - often remained still for six & seven hrs. 3 days & two nights. - doors opened 3 times - no water no food. Arr. at XII A - feet in bad condition. cold day & night no chance to get warm. Deloused for 1st time - hot shower - no soap - felt good - tired & weak. moved to crowded barraks. given blanket - cold coffee - slept together on floor. Registered next day - given talk by Am. 1st. Sgt. explaining situation somewhat.