Dad was forced to march after they left Fallingbostel POW camp… and they were more than a month making their way through Germany. In his own words dad describes one particular situation they chanced upon:
“A few days later we were amazed to find a group of German soldiers lounging at the road side, drinking and with uniforms undone. They were playing records on a portable gramophone. Even our guards were dismayed at their unkempt, undisciplined appearance and cautioned them that the music being played was banned in Germany, and they would be most severely dealt with if it came to their own officers’ knowledge. We saw nothing wrong with the record, which was a well known dance tune from America. The soldiers were amused and said, in effect,
‘We couldn’t care less, bloody Hitler’s dead!’ The guards were not sure the information was correct but their spirits lightened considerably and they were at pains not to annoy us.”
So the guards’ attitudes seemed to change… they seem to have become merely their escorts.