The most ingenious prisoner of war in Stalag XXA (Germany) was an Australian, Lance-Corporal A- Lewis, who made himself a set of false teeth with melted down “silver paper”. This was revealed by a British prisoner’s letter published in the “Daily Mail,” which stated: “Lewis, by common consent, gets all the silver paper from the cigarette packets and chocolates received in prisoners’ parcels. He melts it down, and by pouring it in moulds supplies the men with first-class reproductions of regimental badges.”
Source: Morning Bulletin, Mon 8 Feb, 1943
Jack Gray, who grew up in Oatley, New South Wales, served as a Captain in the Dental Corps , treating servicemen in the jungle during World War II.
Please take the time to visit the source (site) of this story, as a poignant image of the servicemen in action is shown, highlighting their bravery and inventiveness.
Source: The Leader, Thursday 29 May, 2014; visit http://www.theleader.com.au/community/eedition/ then click the link : The Leader (St George) and go to page 12
When the atom bomb struck Nagasaki in Japan during the final stages of World War II, among other horrific consequences, it led to severe loosening of the teeth and radioactive gold fillings in those who survived…
Source: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, Saturday 2 February 1946
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese were required by the authorities to register their fillings. Those with gold filled teeth could then be called upon to “contribute” them to the national fund for prosecution of the war in China.
Source: Barrier Miner, Thursday 23 March 1939
Do you recognize the following quote?
“Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of creation?”
1.Which satirical war novel is the quote taken from?
2.Which character voiced it?
and 3. Who was the author of the bestselling novel?
Private Alf Lewis was an enterprising ANZAC. While a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II, his false teeth became useless. He set to replace these by making new ones out of tinfoil wrappers from cheese sent by the Red Cross. His fellow prisoners were so impressed with his shiny new teeth, that they assigned him the task of replacing theirs as well.
He was repatriated in 1944…