Eugene Bailey after his return to the USA in 1945

Eugene Bailey in Paris, April 1945

The journal that Eugene Bailey kept

Staff-Sergeant Eugene G. Bailey


Served : North-West Europe (captured).

Camps : Stalag IXA and B.


The following is a transcript of the journal that Staff-Sergeant Bailey kept during his time as a prisoner of war, complete with additional notes from his daughter, Diana Thomas. When he was released from captivity, he weighed only 79 pounds. Eugene Bailey died on the 19th July 1979.


Staff Sergeant Eugene G. Bailey World War II

Campaign Battle of The Budge

Taken Prisoner on December 17th 1944


December 12th 1944 - left for Paris

December 13th 1944 -arrived Paris

December 14th 1944- sick

December 15th left Paris stayed in Reames

December 16th arrived Orwen on Belgium Luxburg Germany Boarder - Heavy Arty-bombing

December 17th Heavy arty, bombing 2000 - Town surrounded 2010 - Captured Watch taken Walked all night

December 18th walked all day- 1/3 Loaf bread cheese, marmalade

December 19th in PW cage

December 20th walked all day

December 21st walked all day

December 22nd walked all day

December 23rd Boarded train no food

December 24th on train no food no water

December 25th on train no food little water

December 26th 1/6 loaf, little meat 0100 on train

December 26th left train at 0900 Bad orb Stallager (IXB) Stew at 1200 Bread 1/6 at 1600

December 27th Life in Pw Stew lieder per day Bread 1/6 loaf No recreation at all

December 28-31 Same

Jan 1-24 continue Same-meat -cott, Age cheese-marmalade One or twice a wk

Jan 25th 1945 Boarded train

Jan 26th Arrived STL. 9A No food

Jan 27th- Stew & Bread Food Tea better

Jan 28th Same

Jan 29th Same Food Better but very insufficient French PW donating a few smokes From RC packages

Jan 30th Situation unchanged Getting very thin & weak News excellent Russians - 65 miles from Berlin

Jan 31 Food same-cottage cheese no butter A break in the weather thawing


At this point in the journal I do not know if the dates are for Feb. or March the first entry looks to me like it is

3-1 Situation unchanged

2-3 same

3-4 shaved 1st time since Dec 14 1944

5 war news0 rosins 25miles from Berlin

6 situation unchanged

7 2 letters one card

8 red cross Box 1 per 4 men

9 dined well, smoked well

10 same

11 grub gone smokes too.

12 -20 grub poor-no smokes recreation (I can not tell what it says)


This ends the dates however there is more on the paper.


Marshall   imaan   19098805

Blankets-NO   GI Bed   NU 8

Alex Justus = 36376532=2456

Blankets=No-GI Bed

Ndill Landberg+36220111=2430

Blankets (unreadable)

Lam Mrchunee=20320737=24015

Blankets NO GI Bed NO 108


Wed- 1000-1100 Stockseb by Bolger

Sat. 1000- 1100 making up of a newpaper by jones

Thur Quiz contest 1000-1100

I cont from each section

Fri. winners- Fri.


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