POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 9

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the feet and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low. After this halt we were marched into the hospital

which was in what had been the French Barracks. Inside all was

chaos. We were placed in one room with our men.

and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

itself was obviously greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

who has been lying there for a week or so without any

attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

and was more or less  of a "s'ahib". In the end he had us put

into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

Lines leading from the adjacent page to a mark(X) before the word "most" indicate the insertion of the text "similar in fact to that in the first room in which we had been located" 

tables. Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We, none

of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

No soap or towels were however obtainable. The following day

our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

A line leading from the adjacent page to a mark(+) before the word "come" indicates the insertion of the text "(German N.C.Os)"  

our stay here did feld webels, + come up and revile us. Frequently

were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

which was heavily fired at by the troops. One German officer of, 

I presume, the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

but he left none the wiser. I have forgotten quite how long

we stayed here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.

In a few days, however we were again on the march.


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the feet and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low. After this halt we were marched into the hospital

which was in what had been the French Barracks. Inside all was

chaos. We were placed in one room with our men.

and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

itself was obviously greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

who has been lying there for a week or so without any

attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

and was more or less  of a "s'ahib". In the end he had us put

into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

Lines leading from the adjacent page to a mark(X) before the word "most" indicate the insertion of the text "similar in fact to that in the first room in which we had been located" 

tables. Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We, none

of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

No soap or towels were however obtainable. The following day

our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

A line leading from the adjacent page to a mark(+) before the word "come" indicates the insertion of the text "(German N.C.Os)"  

our stay here did feld webels, + come up and revile us. Frequently

were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

which was heavily fired at by the troops. One German officer of, 

I presume, the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

but he left none the wiser. I have forgotten quite how long

we stayed here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.

In a few days, however we were again on the march.



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  • November 4, 2017 00:37:13 Thomas A. Lingner

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    the feet and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low. After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in what had been the French Barracks. Inside all was

    chaos. We were placed in one room with our men.

    and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was obviously greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "s'ahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    Lines leading from the adjacent page to a mark(X) before the word "most" indicate the insertion of the text "similar in fact to that in the first room in which we had been located" 

    tables. Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We, none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels were however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    A line leading from the adjacent page to a mark(+) before the word "come" indicates the insertion of the text "(German N.C.Os)"  

    our stay here did feld webels, + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

    in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

    which was heavily fired at by the troops. One German officer of, 

    I presume, the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

    but he left none the wiser. I have forgotten quite how long

    we stayed here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.

    In a few days, however we were again on the march.


  • June 19, 2017 14:16:32 L G

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room as the with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    Lines leading from the adjacent page to a mark(X) before the word "most" indicate the insertion of the text "similar in fact to that in the first room in which we had been located" 

    tables. X Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We ,none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels were however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    A line leading from the adjacent page to a mark(+) before the word "come" indicates the insertion of the text "(German N.C.Os)"  

    our stay here did feld webels, + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

    in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

    which was heavily fired at by the troops. One German officer of, 

    I presume, the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

    but he left none the wiser. I have forgotten quite how log

    we stayed here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.

    In a few days, [insert] however [/insert] we were again on the march.



  • June 17, 2017 17:09:10 L G

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room as the with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    Lines leading from the adjacent page to a mark(X) before the word most indicate the insertion of the text "similar in fact to that in the first room in which we had been located" 

    tables. X Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We ,none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels were however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    A line leading from the adjacent page to a mark(+) before the word come indicates the insertion of the text (German N.C.Os)  

    our stay here did feld webels, + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

    in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

    which was heavily fired at by the troops. One German officer of, 

    I presume, the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

    but he left none the wiser. I have forgotten quite how log

    we stayed here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.

    In a few days, [insert] however [/insert] we were again on the march.



  • June 17, 2017 17:08:19 L G

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room as the with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    Lines leading from the adjacent page to a mark(X) before the word most indicate the insertion of the text "similar in fact to that in the first room in which we had been located" 

    tables. X Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We ,none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels were however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    A line leading from the adjacent page to a mark(+) before the word come indicates the insertion of the text (German N.C.Os)  

    our stay here did feld webels, + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

    in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

    which was heavily fired at by the troops. One German officer of, 

    I presume, the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

    but he left none the wiser. I have forgotten quite how log

    we stayed here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.

    In a few days, [insert] however [/insert] we were again on the march.



  • June 16, 2017 22:20:26 Annick Rodriguez

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room  ...  with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    tables. X Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We , none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels weer however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    our stay here did  ...  ...  + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

    in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

    which was heavily fired at  by the troops. One German officer of, 

    I presume the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

    but he left more the wiser. I have forgotten quite how log

    we stated here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.

    In a few days, [insert] however [/insert] we were again on the march.



  • June 16, 2017 22:15:49 Annick Rodriguez

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room  ...  with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    tables. X Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We , none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels weer however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    our stay here did  ...  ...  + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

    in Germany. During our stay a French aeroplane came over

    which was heavily fired at  by the troops. One German officer of, 

    I presume the intelligence Dept; came and interviewed us

    but he left more the wiser. I have forgotten quite how log

    we stated here. The sanitary conditions were truly awful.



  • June 16, 2017 22:00:27 Annick Rodriguez

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room  ...  with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    tables. X Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We , none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels weer however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    our stay here did  ...  ...  + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were

    in Germany.



  • June 16, 2017 22:00:13 Annick Rodriguez

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room  ...  with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and

    tables. X Most of the panes of glass were out of the windows

    and it was bitterly cold. I spent the night lying on a

    heap of blood stained bandages on the bare boards. We , none

    of us had great coats. I slept literally in the arms of a

    brother officer, the third of our party snored away in another

    quarter. Not much sleep was my lot, as the place was full

    of rats. This day we were allowed a wash, in a wash house.

    No soap or towels weer however obtainable. The following day

    our wounds were inspected by the head man. He was very

    hard at work . We were informed that we should be much

    better off when we arrived in Germany. Several times during

    our stay here did  ...  ...  + come up and revile us. Frequently

    were we told that we should be shot as soon as we were



  • June 16, 2017 21:55:22 Annick Rodriguez

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room  ...  with our men.

    we were  and given soup and meat in a bowl, the same as the

    German privates, for which no charge was made. The hospital

    itself was [insert] obviously [/insert] greatly understaffed. We came across British soldiers,

    who has been lying there for a week or so without any

    attention. There was one young German Doctor who spoke English

    and was more or less  of a "sahib". In the end he had us put

    into a room by ourselves. Here we spent the night of the 21st..

    22nd.. The furniture of the room consisted of a few forms and



  • June 16, 2017 21:50:53 Annick Rodriguez

                            [insert] and legs . We thought our shooting must have been very low [/insert]                             2.

    the feet. [line pointing to insert] After this halt we were marched into the hospital

    which was in [insert] ^ what had been [/insert] the French Barracks. Inside it  all was a case of 

    chaos cahos- We were all placed into the same [insert] in one [/insert] room  ...  with our men.



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    1. The question marks at the bottom are feldwebel. According to wikipedia: “literally “field usher”, is a non-commissioned officer (NCO) rank in several countries. The rank originated in Germany…”
      The line underneath that leads to the page in item 6 points to the words “german n.c.o.’s”