Recently I've been revising some half-forgotten topics to teach at A-level if I have to move South (or , more accurately , if anyone down South will employ me).
I picked up a volume of Thucydides I'd bought 2nd hand a few years ago .
Had a wee look at the cover to check the condition (some of my older books are in a helluva state , but this one is very good for its age).
Then I opened it up .
Have a wee look at the stamp .
I'd probably have thought it was a German library stamp , if I wasn't vaguely aware that an Oflag was a German POW camp for officers .
Oflag IX A/Z was located in Rotenburg an der Fulda in Hesse .
"Gepruft" apparently means "passed" , so the book had been checked on arriving at the camp .
Some officer POW from Glasgow (where I bought the book) had been sent this edition of the first true , Greek historian to keep his mind occupied .
He might have been from any regiment , or indeed , service , but I immediately thought of the two brigades of the 51st (Highland) Division captured at St.Valery-en-Caux in 1940 .
Kept by this officer as a treasured link to home and a wider western civilisation throughout the war and still in near-mint condition .
It is all the more unusual because William Heinemann's warehouse in London's dockland , full of this series of books , was burnt down in the Blitz shortly after .
Amazing , eh ?