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hairpull.gif posted on 10/5/2006 at 16:57
How many POWs were there?


A postcard posted in Moscow and sent on its way by the 5th Dispatch Office in 1915 offers some interesting information. Or does it?

The postcard to Denmark was written in English and censored in both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In the text, the sender takes exception to how many POWs the Germans claim are in Peremyshl' and offers different numbers. Why did this make it through the censors in two locations?

So, how many POWS were there at that location?

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[*] posted on 10/5/2006 at 18:07
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[*] posted on 10/5/2006 at 18:08
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[*] posted on 10/5/2006 at 18:09
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[*] posted on 10/6/2006 at 16:06


Just like I can rarely figure out the scribbles on Russian covers, the censor may not have been able to figure out the scribbles in English.

An extremely interesting censored postcard that wasn't.
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[*] posted on 10/6/2006 at 17:04


There may be more socio-political background surrounding the date of 17 March 1915?
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[*] posted on 10/6/2006 at 20:24


The message, written on this card passed the Military Censorship, because it matched the interest of Russian propaganda: the Germans are liers and we captured 120.000-130.000 POW at the battle near Peremyshl.
http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/1915/przem.html
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[*] posted on 10/8/2006 at 17:33


The date is close, but not the same. Hmmmm...
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