Heraldry Book by WW2 Prisoner of War.

Contributed by JillVPearce

Heraldry Book by WW2 Prisoner of War.

The object is a hand written and illustrated foolscap book about the history of heraldry. Each page is carefully penned in Italic script and beautifully painted without the use of white paint which was unobtainable in the circumstances.The pages were later[1980s] bound into a red book with the names of six prison camps embossed in gold on the cover.
It was created by my father, Ronald Hugh Cooper Eastman, who was a second lieutenaut in the 3rd. Royal Tank Regiment. He was captured at the beginning of WW2 at St. Omer near Dunkirk [see obit. The Times Feb.13 1999].He spent the war as a prisoner in 6 camps. During that time he became a forger of documents to help others escape. This book was his cover. It is 'stamped' with the official Oflag 7b Gepuff stamp on several pages - most of these being forged by Dad (one stamp we later discovered is misspelt).
The forged documents may have been letters, complete with 'typed' words, passes or passports. One set are with the Imperial War Museum, London. At the end of the war my father was brought home to England on a Lancaster Bomber and ceased his forgery activities, returning to the teaching post he held.

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