we were liberated by US troops on (I think) Sunday 9 Sep, and within a few hours had travelled by train
to the port of Jinsen where we embarked and spent a night on a U.S. hospital ship.
Next morning, bathed, fed & fumigated we transferred to a U.S Transport (the ‘Noble’ P.A. 218).
All the ship’s staff were wonderfully hospitable. On arrival at Manila we came by bus some 20 miles to this camp,
where we were met by Australians who first gave us a meal and then quartered us…
It was a wonderful feeling to be among our own people once again.
Then to top it off I found awaiting me letters from home.LEST WE FORGET Captain Wilf Fawcett, lettercard to his family from 3 Australian PW Reception Camp, Manila, 27 Sept.1945
1st Free French Division (1st DFL, later became the 1st Motorized Infantry Division and finally the 1st March Infantry Division)
2nd Armoured Division (2nd DB, former 2nd Light Division) only for a short time in late 1944
2nd Moroccan Infantry Division (2nd DIM)
3rd Algerian Infantry Division (3rd DIA)
4th Moroccan Mountain Division (4th DMM)
9th Colonial Infantry Division (9th DIC)
1st Armoured Division (1st DB)
5th Armoured Division (5th DB)
Moroccan Goums (Four groups of Tabors equivalent to one brigade)
and undertook the task with enthusiasm. In her execution of the delicate researches entailed she showed great presence of mind and astuteness.
She was twice arrested by the German security authorities but each time managed to get away. Eventually, however, with other members of her group,
she was surrounded by the Gestapo in a house in the southwest of France. Resistance appeared hopeless but Madame Szabo,
seizing a Sten-gun and as much ammunition as she could carry, barricaded herself in part of the house and, exchanging shot for shot with the enemy,
killed or wounded several of them. By constant movement, she avoided being cornered and fought until she dropped exhausted.
She was arrested and had to undergo solitary confinement. She was then continuously and atrociously tortured but never by word
or deed gave away any of her acquaintances or told the enemy anything of any value.
She was ultimately executed. Madame Szabo gave a magnificent example of courage and steadfastness.