Diary of George William Edward Clark, January - December 1943

Accession Number AWM2019.22.84
Collection number PR01035
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 96 Image/s captured
Maker Clark, George William Edward
Place made Germany
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Collection relating to the Second World War service of NX1058 Gunner George William Edward Clark, 1 Battery, 2/1 Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, 1940-1988.

In the fourth of five diaries, Clark documents his ongoing internment at Oflag III-C (renamed Stalag 383 in March 1943) at Hohenfels in southern Germany. During the opening months of the year he describes the growing monotony of camp routines during a long and cold winter, and the challenges of remaining motivated. He remarks on any new or interesting events in camp including a wide range of sports and other recreational activities, news reports, air raids, prisoner escapes and security measures adopted by camp officials. From spring through to late autumn, much of his attention turns to the construction and subsequent use of sporting facilities including a cricket pitch, basketball court and swimming pool.

On 23 December 1943, Clark comments on sitting for a caricature drawn by fellow internee Arthur George Dallimore. This drawing formed part a larger caricature that featured six Australian prisoners of war interned at Stalag 383 during Christmas 1943, which was published alongside short satirical profiles on each of the subject's by Smith's Weekly on 22 April 1944.