Poster: 'Prisoners of War need your help send donations to the Red Cross & St John.'
1939-1945 Audio tour
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The Prisoners of War Department was responsible for packing and dispatching parcels to British Prisoners of War. British Red Cross food parcels played a vital role in helping to keep prisoners alive. These greatly improved many prisoners’ quality of life.
During World War Two nearly 20 million parcels were delivered to POWs. Food parcels contained a variety of food items mainly in tins such as tea, condensed milk, rice pudding, processed cheese, sardines, meat, sugar and biscuits. The British Red Cross also sent over 100,000 food parcels to the Channel Islands, which were occupied by German troops.
The poster shows the joy of the POWs at receiving a food parcel. This would have been a terrific morale booster, which would have been desperately needed, especially by those in long term captivity. It shows what kindness can achieve in a war situation.
The British Red Cross did many good things during World War Two but, to me, the large scale distribution of food parcels was one of its greatest achievements and was a lifeline to thousands of people.
Audio recording by Chris Skipworth (Volunteer), Cardiff.
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