Written four years ago…

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This was given to Jim L’Esperance by the Red Cross.

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There was a letter sent with the Wartime Log.

Jim L'Esperance 010 (2)Life was very harsh for POWs in Marlag und Milag Nord. Food was scarce as well as heating.

Jim L’Esperance survived the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan.

He came close to being rescued by HMCS Haida.

Athabaskan sinking 1944taken from the book Unlucky Lady

That was not meant to be…

Haida with survivorsThe lucky few rescued
(taken from the book Unlucky Lady)

Jim L’Esperance used his Wartime Log to document his stay at Marlag und Milag Nord.

You can watch videos made in 1945 when the prisoners were liberated from the prison camp.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3A

Part 3B

Every Monday I will post what Jim L’Esperance pasted in his Wartime Log leading us to April 29, 2014, 70 years after the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan.

cover page 1

Here is a preview of what I will post.

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2 thoughts on “Written four years ago…

  1. I saw this when you posted it before.The drawing of the charioteer attack on La Spezia drawn by W.H.Lawrence,who was my father’s cousin.I met Ken back in the 70s,when I was compiling my family tree around 2011,I couldn’t find him until you posted the drawing and I realised his first name was William.
    Apart from the information posted at the time,I have found a couple of books on Amazon which went into the raid and the aftermath with the partisans and being captured attempting to get back to Allied lines.

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