by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five Chapter 5, Section 12 Summary
- The guys who are serenading the new prisoners are English, the first English-speaking prisoners taken in the war. They've been in this camp for years.
- They're all officers, and they have all tried to escape from other prisons at least once.
- They can't break out of this one, though, because there's nowhere to go: the POW barracks are surrounded by camps of starving Russians. Even if they managed to tunnel out of their own prison, they would just wind up in another one.
- The Englishmen are in great physical shape: they've basically been spending the last four years working out and eating Red Cross rations.
- Thanks to a bureaucratic error, the English soldiers have been getting extra food and supplies that are keeping them better fed than pretty much anyone else in Europe during the war.
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