Stalag Luft VI and IV Notebook – “A Lovely Hand”

(Posted: July 26, 2011)

One of the popular activities in Camp was playing cards.  I’ve seen this poem duplicated so my father may not be the author.  It is another cleverly written poem that deceives you into thinking in the first paragraph that it is about the writer’s experience holding a lady’s hand.  His heart was bursting with joy and beating wildly.

And in the second paragraph the truth comes out with the line “four aces and a king”.  I imagine that my father did play cards to help pass the time.  He may have played for cigarettes or food as I have read that many of the men did.  I can visualize him playing and would be willing to bet that it was another activity that he was accomplished at.  I guarantee that he would play wisely though and not squander his valuables which were essential for bartering for survival. 

I have heard that the cards were also utilized in the distribution of slices of bread.  They would draw cards and take their turns at selecting the slice as it was difficult to cut each slice exactly the same and this seemed quite fair.

3 responses to “Stalag Luft VI and IV Notebook – “A Lovely Hand””

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