Pic from Stalag Luft III website. This comment from Durant's book, Stalag Luft III, "In spite of the Germans’ best efforts, latrines overflowed..." And from the book Kriegie by Simmons, "The west latrine of the Center Compound started overflowing that morning and spread ten feet over the ground on the outside. The smell was terrible, and it increases steadily as the latrine continued overflowing."
Main gate at Stalag VIIIA. From the Stalag Luft III website, "All buildings were hopelessly infested with vermin." From a personal POW account online. I met this man in 1996, “The fleas, lice, and bedbugs were really bad here. It was not unusual to find 100 or more bedbugs in one bed...Several fellows had their whole bodies covered with bites. The bites weren’t so bad, but they itched so that one could hardly keep from scratching them. As soon as the bites were opened, infection readily set…
Relaxed atmosphere created in Murnau camp after liberation by American forces in In front of the former barracks they (the left in the background), the former prisoner enjoy the sun while sitting on a recliner!
Life in the prisoners camp, Murnau - La vie dans le camp de prisonniers
A time to celebrate: Soviet POWs pour out of the gate of Stalag 326 Eselheide as liberating US troops look at the camera too, Sept Smiles, happiness and laughter all round. A deep breath of freedom after a terrible war.