Stanley Masaharu Akita
100th Infantry Battalion

Life at Stalag VII A

Stanley Akita

Rations include barley soup and boiled potatoes with a piece of cheese or occasional sausage.

Prisoners are also given barely edible bread made with sawdust.

When canned goods from Red Cross parcels are distributed, the Germans puncture each can, rendering each useless for any planned escape attempts.

Cigarettes from the parcels are used in camp as currency. They can be traded to townswomen for softer bread made with caraway seeds.