Diary of Maurice Grant Boydell, May 1944 - January 1945

Place Europe: Germany, Bavaria, Eichstatt
Accession Number AWM2019.22.222
Collection number PR86/004
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 20 Image/s captured
Maker Boydell, Maurice Grant
Place made Germany
Date made 1944-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Diary relating to the Second World War service of QX6141 Lieutenant Maurice Grant Boydell, 2/1st Anti-Tank Regiment, 21 May 1944 - 1 January 1945.

The fourth and final diary kept by Boydell during the period 21 May 1944 - 1 January 1945. Boydell continues to document everyday life as a prisoner of war at Oflag VIII-F in Mährisch-Trübau and another unnamed camp, albeit less frequently than previous diaries with several gaps between entries. He opens the diary by recalling his transfer from Oflag VIII-F to an unnamed camp completed under trying circumstances. He goes on to cover subjects such as the weather, conditions in camp, treatment of prisoners, rations, rumours circulating amongst the men and the progress of the war. He also makes note of events such as air raids carried out in surrounding areas and shares his observations on the changing behaviour of prison guards.