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A prisoner of war’s 200 kilometre march to freedom
Posted on: November 22, 2019
Anthony H Graham was serving with the Grenadier Guards in Italy during the Second World War. In February 1944 he was captured by the Germans at Anzio and became a prisoner of war. Among the items kindly donated to the museum by his family is a diary he kept while in captivity. It contains drawings and poems made to pass the time and food labels from cherished Red Cross parcels. It also details the long march he was forced to make in the last weeks of the war, as the Germans retreated with their prisoners from the advancing allies.