Prisoners at Stalag XXIB. Thomas Doran is fourth from the right on the middle row. Driver Walter Jackson of the Royal Army Service Corps is on the front row, second from the right. He was captured at St Valery in May 1940. His son writes: "He mentioned that when he was captured that the POWs had to march right across Europe to Poland. He said the winters were so cold there and the ground was frozen solid, therefore it was too hard to dig graves to bury people. He had a near escape when he was trying to purloin some potatoes from the kitchen and had to hide behind the sacks as they were being stabbed by a bayonet wielding guard. When they were freed, apparently the train they were travelling westwards on was shot at by US planes (they thought it was German soldiers escaping from the Russians). He and friend (Douglas?) decided they weren't going to risk the train anymore, so continued their journey by alternative means. They found a (deserted?) farm with a (Mercedes?) car on blocks in a barn and no sign of the wheels. They searched all over for the wheels without luck. When they dropped a bucket in the well to get some water, it hit something metallic which turned out to be the hidden wheels. They drove to a repatriation camp in Belgium, run by the US. One of the officers got them immediate passage back to the UK in exchange for the Mercedes. Copyright: Anthony Ball.