POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 24

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                                                11.

Books there were none. But French & German books were

to be purchased if one had the necessary. No alcohol

was on sale.

With regard to the Fresh Air question, when I came to know the

Russians better, a couple of years later, I discovered their point of

view. Their uniform is not made of very thick material, and

winter & summer they wear the same underclothing viz a

cotton shirt etc, about what I would wear in the summer.

How they stand their own climate I do not pretend to guess.

It struck me however that as soldiers they would be little

good in a winter campaign. Their ideas of soldiering also

are primitive.

There was a Russian General here under ar^[insert] r [/insert] est. It was I was

informed a case of mistaken identity, or rather that the

Germans were trying to prove the General, in question,

was quite another man from the one, he gave himself

out to be.

An English Doctor was also popularly supposed to be here under

ar^[insert] r [/insert] est, but I never saw him.

I heard plenty of stories of bad treatment, but I only propose

to set down here my own experiences.

My stay at Halle was short for which I was duly grateful.

The English officers and the  doctor were one day warned to

get ready to set out for Torgau. One's Kit at this time

was nil, so it was not a difficult proceeding. It was only

a case of handing in one's blanket & towel.

We were marched on to the railway line and after a long

wait in the rain, an engine attached to a 4th.. Class

Carriage picked us up. We were then hitched on to a train

in the station. We left about 2 p.m. & arrived at Torgau


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                                                11.

Books there were none. But French & German books were

to be purchased if one had the necessary. No alcohol

was on sale.

With regard to the Fresh Air question, when I came to know the

Russians better, a couple of years later, I discovered their point of

view. Their uniform is not made of very thick material, and

winter & summer they wear the same underclothing viz a

cotton shirt etc, about what I would wear in the summer.

How they stand their own climate I do not pretend to guess.

It struck me however that as soldiers they would be little

good in a winter campaign. Their ideas of soldiering also

are primitive.

There was a Russian General here under ar^[insert] r [/insert] est. It was I was

informed a case of mistaken identity, or rather that the

Germans were trying to prove the General, in question,

was quite another man from the one, he gave himself

out to be.

An English Doctor was also popularly supposed to be here under

ar^[insert] r [/insert] est, but I never saw him.

I heard plenty of stories of bad treatment, but I only propose

to set down here my own experiences.

My stay at Halle was short for which I was duly grateful.

The English officers and the  doctor were one day warned to

get ready to set out for Torgau. One's Kit at this time

was nil, so it was not a difficult proceeding. It was only

a case of handing in one's blanket & towel.

We were marched on to the railway line and after a long

wait in the rain, an engine attached to a 4th.. Class

Carriage picked us up. We were then hitched on to a train

in the station. We left about 2 p.m. & arrived at Torgau



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  • June 19, 2017 14:31:52 L G

                                                    11.

    Books there were none. But French & German books were

    to be purchased if one had the necessary. No alcohol

    was on sale.

    With regard to the Fresh Air question, when I came to know the

    Russians better, a couple of years later, I discovered their point of

    view. Their uniform is not made of very thick material, and

    winter & summer they wear the same underclothing viz a

    cotton shirt etc, about what I would wear in the summer.

    How they stand their own climate I do not pretend to guess.

    It struck me however that as soldiers they would be little

    good in a winter campaign. Their ideas of soldiering also

    are primitive.

    There was a Russian General here under ar^[insert] r [/insert] est. It was I was

    informed a case of mistaken identity, or rather that the

    Germans were trying to prove the General, in question,

    was quite another man from the one, he gave himself

    out to be.

    An English Doctor was also popularly supposed to be here under

    ar^[insert] r [/insert] est, but I never saw him.

    I heard plenty of stories of bad treatment, but I only propose

    to set down here my own experiences.

    My stay at Halle was short for which I was duly grateful.

    The English officers and the  doctor were one day warned to

    get ready to set out for Torgau. One's Kit at this time

    was nil, so it was not a difficult proceeding. It was only

    a case of handing in one's blanket & towel.

    We were marched on to the railway line and after a long

    wait in the rain, an engine attached to a 4th.. Class

    Carriage picked us up. We were then hitched on to a train

    in the station. We left about 2 p.m. & arrived at Torgau



  • June 17, 2017 17:50:11 Annick Rodriguez

                                                    11.

    Books there were none. But French & German books were

    to be purchased if one had the necessary. No alcohol

    was on sale.

    With regard to the Fresh Air question, when I came to know the

    Russians better, a couple of years later, I discovered their point of

    view. Their uniform is not made of very thick material, and

    winter & summer they wear the same underclothing viz a

    cotton shirt etc, about what I would wear in the summer.

    How they stand their own climate I do not pretend to guess.

    It struck me however that as soldiers they would be little

    good in a winter campaign. Their ideas of soldiering also

    are primitive.

    There was a Russian General here under ar^[insert] r [/insert] est. It was I was

    informed a case of mistaken identity, or rather that the

    Germans were trying to prove the General, in question,

    was quite another man from the one, he gave himself

    out to be.

    An English Doctor was also popularly supposed to be here under

    ar^[insert] r [/insert] est, but I never saw him.

    I heard plenty of stories of bad treatment, but I only propose

    to set down here my own experiences.

    My stay at Halle was short for which I was duly grateful/

    The English officers and the  doctor were one day warned to

    get ready to set out for Torgan. One's Kit  at this time

    was nil, so it was not a difficult proceeding. It was only

    a case of handing in one's blanket & towel.

    We were marched on to the railway line and after a long

    wait in the rain, an engine attached to a 4th.. Class

    Carriage picked us up. We were then hitched on to a train

    in the station. We left about 2 p.m. & arrived at Torgan



  • June 17, 2017 17:47:42 Annick Rodriguez

                                                    11.

    Books there were none. But French & German books were

    to be purchased if one had the necessary. No alcohol

    was on sale.

    With regard to the Fresh Air question, when I came to know the

    Russians better, a couple of years later, I discovered their point of

    view. Their uniform is not made of very thick material, and

    winter & summer they wear the same underclothing viz a

    cotton shirt etc, about what I would wear in the summer.

    How they stand their own climate I do not pretend to guess.

    It struck me however that as soldiers they would be little

    good in a winter campaign. Their ideas of soldiering also

    are primitive.

    There was a Russian General here under ar^[insert] r [/insert] est. It was I was

    informed a case of mistaken identity, or rather that the

    Germans were trying to prove the General, in question,

    was quite another man from the one, he gave himself

    out to be.

    An English Doctor was also popularly supposed to be here under

    ar^[insert] r [/insert] est, but I never saw him.

    I heard plenty of stories of bad treatment, but I only propose

    to set down here my own experiences.

    My stay at Halle was short for which I was duly grateful/

    The English officers and the  doctor were one day warned to

    get ready to set out for Torgan. One's Kit  at this time

    was nil, so it was not a difficult proceeding. It was only

    a case of handing in one's blanket & 



  • June 17, 2017 17:43:00 Annick Rodriguez

                                                    11.

    Books there were none. But French & German books were

    to be purchased if one had the necessary. No alcohol

    was on sale.

    With regard to the Fresh Air question, when I came to know the

    Russians better, a couple of years later, I discovered their point of

    view. Their uniform is not made of very thick material, and

    winter & summer they wear the same underclothing viz a

    cotton shirt etc, about what I would wear in the summer.

    How they stand their own climate I do not pretend to guess.

    It struck me however that as soldiers they would be little

    good in a winter campaign. Their ideas of soldiering also

    are primitive.



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    Torgau, Germany

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