Keeping clean also applies to your clothing. Use
soap and water when you can spare it. Hang your clothes
in the sun to air if soap and water are not available.
Examine the seams of your clothing and the hairy
portions on your body frequently for lice and their eggs.
Disease-infected lice can kill. A possible way to get
laundry service, or even a bath, is to tell your guard that
you are infested with lice, whether or not your
complaint is true. The prison authorities, fearing that
lice on prisoners may cause an outbreak of louse-borne
disease among the civilian and guard population, might
provide this service.
If you become ill, report your condition to the camp
authorities. The chance that you will receive aid is worth
After You Escape
Once you escape, you may have trouble contacting
friendly units even when you know where they are.
Approach the problem as you would if you were a
member of a lost patrol. Time your movements so that
you pass through the enemy forward areas at night and
arrive between the enemy and friendly units at dawn. A
good plan is to find a ditch or shell hole where you have
cover from both friendly and enemy fire. Attract the
attention of the friendly forces by waving a white cloth,
shouting, exposing or laying out a panel, or some other
method. In doing so, you alert friendly forces who are
prepared to accept any small group that appears willing
to regain contact. When you alert friendly forces, they
are not as likely to shoot you on sight.
REVIEW 2 QUESTIONS
Q1. Give the meaning of the letters in the key word
Q2. If in a group, what action(s) makes(s) for the best
chance of survival?
Q3. List the sources of drinking water.