A waterproof, canvas bag (bottom of page), measuring
only 5x6 inches, held three basic items that could be essential
to any escape-minded POW.
- Hacksaw blade (in paper sheath, not shown) measuring
4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide.
- Miniature compass (brass casing) measuring 5/8th's
inch in diameter by 1/4 inch thick.
- Double-sided map of the Western Europe mainland measuring
27 inches by 27 inches when completely unfolded. This waterproof,
synthetic-cloth map showed remarkable detail and could be folded
to little more than pocket-handkerchief size.
This is the original kit from the gear of 23rd Engineer Capt.
Chris Brous, who reports that, during his three weeks of captivity
as a POW in France, his German captors never noticed or never
paid any attention to this harmless looking bag.