Today I wish to share a few images of Italians in the British Camps in India. It is a way to highlight the archives of the International Committee for the Red Cross.
Many families are already applying for personal documents from the Red Cross for their family members. There is also an extensive audio-visual collection available for viewing.
The ICRC’s historical archives comprise 6,700 linear metres of textual records and a collection of photographs, films and other audio archives. Tens of thousands of documents are available in digital format on the ICRC audiovisual archives portal.
While it is improbable that you will find a photo of your father, you will however view photos which will highlight aspects of the daily life and routine of Italian prisoners of war.
The photos tell a little about life in a British prisoner of war camp in India…
A simple cup of coffee
Canteens were established in each camp. A range of products were sold: head ache tablets, powders for the digestion, toothpaste, cigarette holders, playing cards, combs, shaving cream, lemon squash, flavoured essence, items of clothing, exercise books, cigarettes.
Have to admire the Italians who made a coffee machine (is this a perculator?). There are even espresso cups and saucers.
Italian Prisoners of War: Canteen at Camp No. 4 British Camps in India
Life is a combination of magic and pasta …Federico Fellini
A little flour, a little water, a litte magic and the Italian cooks at Bangalore make fresh pasta…
Italian Prisoners of War: Bangalore Group I Preparation of Spaghetti