British Prisoners of War

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Flight Sergeant David Berrie, RAF
POW in Stalag 3A near Luckenwalde in Germany.
Images and Diary as written by David Berrie
British POW's bringing soup to be distributed. When I became a prisoner, we were given a bowl of soup and bread once a day. The soup seemed to be made of grass and some very thin strings of meat. Only Red Cross parcels when made available kept the prisoners from starving.
Football match between RAF POW's and the rest are mostly French.
German troops being allowed exercise after surrendering to POW'S rather than Russians.


Eleanor O'Rourke, granddaughter of David Berrie, who in 1998 was a second year pupil in Scotland. As a project, she told the story of her grandfather, David Berrie, who was a a POW in Stalag 3A near Luckenwalde in Germany. David Berrie was born on the 27th, November 1922 and was Flight Sergeant in the RAF. He was taken prisoner on 28th July 1944. While in the camp, he obtained a number of photographs which were later published by Eleanor's school in an internet project. Upon request, Mr. Berrie kindly duplicated the negatives and sent them to me. From his recollection, he writes: " I believe it was Mr. Black (known as the 'forger' and portrayed in the film 'The Great Escape') who made the photos available to me after the war as he certainly had an illicit camera whilst a P.O.W at Stalag Luft 3 and subsequently Luckenwalde." I am deeply indebted to Mr. Berrie and his family for making this information and images available for publication on this website. LF