Moosburg Online: Stalag VII A
Stalag VII A: Oral history

Robert D. Reeves

Part I: We Arrive at Stalag VII A
Part II: Guard Towers and Barbed Wire
Part III: A Lesson In Rule-Keeping
Part IV: A Global Melting Pot
Part V: Life in Stalag VII A
Part VI: Friends and Enemies
Part VII: Our Conditions Worsen
Part VIII: Liberation!

Robert D. Reeves - Peoria To Munich - A Prisoner of War
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Robert D. Reeves

We Arrive at Stalag VII A

By Robert D. Reeves

When we finally detrained in mid-October, 1944, we were standing outside of what we were to learn was Stalag VII A at Moosburg, Germany - forty miles north of Munich. It was raining very hard. Our captors lined us up in rows of five (I was later to learn that the Germans could only count in multiples of five), and made us stand in the rain for hours. It was under these conditions I received my first beating. I was standing hunched-over in line with my hands in my pockets when a guard came up behind me, started hitting me very hard across my back with his bayonet scabbard, and repeatedly bellowed something in German. Later, others told me he had simply wanted me to straighten up and take my hands out of my pockets, but I had no way of knowing what he had been ordering me to do. All this, and I wasn't even inside the camp gates yet!

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