What was in a Red Cross parcel?

Each parcel contained meat, fish, vegetable, bread and fruit items, together with eighty cigarettes or other tobacco products. Items of clothing were also provided for American POWs through the American Red Cross.
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What was in a World war 2 Red Cross package?

Some of the contents of the box, including a tin of Klim powdered milk, cartons of Players cigarettes, a tin of Maple Leaf Butter and a chocolate bar, are placed on the stool in front of the box. A tin of Bovril Corned Beef, a packet of raisins and another tin are placed on top of the box.
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What was in a prisoner of war package?

From Switzerland, the boxes were shipped to the nearly 1.4 million Allied prisoners of war held in Germany. The boxes usually contained the following: army spread, canned bacon, luncheon meat, salmon, dehydrated corned beef, canned-cheese product, soluble coffee, powdered milk, and chocolate D bars.
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What was in the Red Cross parcels delivered to Jersey?

On its first visit SS Vega delivered to the islands:

5.2 tons of salt. Four tons of soap. 96,000 cigarettes. 37 cwt medical and surgical supplies (equivalent to 1,850kg or 3,700lb)
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What did POWs eat in ww2?

Most prisoners of war (POWs) existed on a very poor diet of rice and vegetables, which led to severe malnutrition. Red Cross parcels were deliberately withheld and prisoners tried to supplement their rations with whatever they could barter or grow themselves.
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What is in a Red Cross food parcel for Syria?

Why did the Japanese treat prisoners so badly?

The reasons for the Japanese behaving as they did were complex. The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) indoctrinated its soldiers to believe that surrender was dishonourable. POWs were therefore thought to be unworthy of respect. The IJA also relied on physical punishment to discipline its own troops.
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How did the Japanese treat female prisoners of war?

Unprepared for coping with so many captured European prisoners, the Japanese held those who surrendered to them in contempt, especially the women. The men at least could be put to work as common laborers, but women and children were "useless mouths." This attitude would dictate Japanese policy until the end of the war.
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What did the Canadian Red Cross do in ww2?

The CRCS's work in WWII was much the same as its work in WWI: Canadians donated millions of dollars and countless hours of voluntary labour to fundraising efforts, the creation of comforts and supplementary medical supplies, and the packing of food parcels for Prisoners of War (all of which were then shipped overseas ...
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What did the Red Cross do during ww2?

At home, millions of volunteers provided comfort and aid to members of the armed forces and their families, served in hospitals suffering from severe shortages of medical staff, produced emergency supplies for war victims, collected scrap, ran victory gardens, and maintained training programs in home nutrition, first ...
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Where did the term care package come from?

May 11 marks the 70th anniversary of the first delivery. The packages were shipped by CARE, a humanitarian group formed by 22 American aid and religious organizations. Back then, "CARE" was an acronym for Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe.
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What did American POWS eat in Germany?

The packages, containing nonperishable foods like biscuits, raisins, coffee, powdered milk and canned beef and fish, along with amenities like cigarettes and soap, were received by American POW representatives in the camps and collected for fair and orderly disbursement.
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What was life like in a German POW camp?

Prisoners were usually housed in one-storey wooden barracks which contained bunk beds (two or three high) and a charcoal burning stove in the middle of the room. Prisoners were generally given two meals a day – thin soup and black bread. Needless to say hunger was a feature of most prisoners' lives.
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What were the Japanese POW camps like?

Camps were encircled with barbed wire or high wooden fencing and those who attempted escape would be executed in front of other prisoners. In some camps the Japanese also executed ten other prisoners as well. Escape attempts from Japanese camps were rare.
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Why did the Red Cross charge for donuts?

"It keeps coming up, that they were charged for coffee and doughnuts," says Susan Watson, archivist for the Red Cross. The organization started charging only because the U.S. Secretary of War asked it to. British soldiers had to pay for their snacks, and the free doughnuts for Americans were causing tensions.
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What happened to American POWS in ww2?

Prisoners were routinely beaten, starved and abused and forced to work in mines and war-related factories in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions. Of the 27,000 Americans taken prisoner by the Japanese, a shocking 40 percent died in captivity, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service.
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What did the Red Cross do in ww1?

The American Red Cross made a major contribution to aid the wounded during World War I. Within weeks of the outbreak of the war it dispatched The Mercy Ship, which brought surgeons, nurses, and medical supplies to Europe.
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How many Donut Dollies died in Vietnam?

Three Donut Dollies died in Vietnam: one from an illness, one in a Jeep accident and one, newly arrived in 1970, was stabbed to death in her quarters in Cu Chi, outside Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City.
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What were Donut Dollies in Vietnam?

Female Red Cross workers answered the call to duty again during the Korean War. In its early stages, they earned the endearing nickname, “Donut Dollies,” turning out up to 20,000 donuts a day for American Soldiers disembarking troop ships in Pusan. The Donut Dollies were most visible to troops serving in Vietnam.
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Which food was rationed after WWII but not during the war?

Read more in our online classroom. As World War II came to a close in 1945, so did the government's rationing program. By the end of that year, sugar was the only commodity still being rationed. That restriction finally ended in June 1947.
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Was Red Cross Active in ww2?

World War II & After

During World War II and after, 15,000 women were recruited to form a volunteer service group known as The Canadian Red Cross Corps. Thousands of women from across Canada mobilized to serve in four divisions, each with a specific role and a distinctive uniform.
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What aid did Canadian veterans receive on their return from the Second World war?

Veterans received $100 to buy civilian clothing. Veterans were paid a war service gratuity of $7.50 for each 30 days' service, an additional 25 cents for each day overseas, and one week's pay for each six months service outside Canada.
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Why was Canadian Red Cross created?

Then, in 1899, the British Empire went to war in South Africa (known as the “Boer War,” 1899-1902), and several contingents of Canadian soldiers were sent overseas to fight. This gave the Canadian Red Cross its first chance to fulfill its mandate to help the sick and wounded in war.
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Did Japanese soldiers practice cannibalism?

JAPANESE troops practised cannibalism on enemy soldiers and civilians in the last war, sometimes cutting flesh from living captives, according to documents discovered by a Japanese academic in Australia.
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Were there any female POWs in Vietnam?

During the Vietnam War Monika Schwinn, a German nurse, was held captive for three and a half years - at one time the only woman prisoner at the "Hanoi Hilton". The following missionaries were POWs: Evelyn Anderson, captured and later burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972.
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Are there any female POWs?

From Florena Budwin, a Civil War woman who disguised herself as a man to join Union troops and was held in a Confederate prison camp, to the 67 Army nurses who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II, there have been less than 100 military women held as POWs throughout American history.
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