POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 39

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                                                              16

We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

feed.

Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape

of a made court, merely the ground of the barrack square.

Gymnastic classes were held. X [insert] And the everlasting French Bowls as as played [/insert]

Front act on early in November but did not last long- Another

spell took place near the end of the month & skating was

in full swing when we left departed. This per the local house

[insert] not prisoners [/insert] A few days before we left a Zep[insert] pe [/insert] lin crossed over . It was not

numbered but had a name. It was flying quite low

& we had a good view.

Rumours, mostly lying ones about he war were in almost

daily circulation . It was hard to find their origins. *

Torgau itself was a big redoubt, built by Napoleon to cover

the crossing  of the Elbe. The roof of the place in the parapet

where we draw coal had N + 1812 ^ [insert] within carved [/insert] on it. We were not

allowed to talk or go near the crest. In the ditch at

the place we could see the Germans were employed putting

up a barbed wire fence. But inside there was not wire to

be seen we were confined on a large fort.

German soldiers were continually passing & making the day

hideous with the Wacht au Rheins or other patriotic songs.

mostly I take it for our benefit.

In the Interior were even geese.   There used to be fed by a

French officer.

The water supply was from pumps put up at various spots

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                                                              16

We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

feed.

Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape

of a made court, merely the ground of the barrack square.

Gymnastic classes were held. X [insert] And the everlasting French Bowls as as played [/insert]

Front act on early in November but did not last long- Another

spell took place near the end of the month & skating was

in full swing when we left departed. This per the local house

[insert] not prisoners [/insert] A few days before we left a Zep[insert] pe [/insert] lin crossed over . It was not

numbered but had a name. It was flying quite low

& we had a good view.

Rumours, mostly lying ones about he war were in almost

daily circulation . It was hard to find their origins. *

Torgau itself was a big redoubt, built by Napoleon to cover

the crossing  of the Elbe. The roof of the place in the parapet

where we draw coal had N + 1812 ^ [insert] within carved [/insert] on it. We were not

allowed to talk or go near the crest. In the ditch at

the place we could see the Germans were employed putting

up a barbed wire fence. But inside there was not wire to

be seen we were confined on a large fort.

German soldiers were continually passing & making the day

hideous with the Wacht au Rheins or other patriotic songs.

mostly I take it for our benefit.

In the Interior were even geese.   There used to be fed by a

French officer.

The water supply was from pumps put up at various spots


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  • June 19, 2017 15:05:01 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                  16

    We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

    the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

    feed.

    Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

    rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

    few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape

    of a made court, merely the ground of the barrack square.

    Gymnastic classes were held. X [insert] And the everlasting French Bowls as as played [/insert]

    Front act on early in November but did not last long- Another

    spell took place near the end of the month & skating was

    in full swing when we left departed. This per the local house

    [insert] not prisoners [/insert] A few days before we left a Zep[insert] pe [/insert] lin crossed over . It was not

    numbered but had a name. It was flying quite low

    & we had a good view.

    Rumours, mostly lying ones about he war were in almost

    daily circulation . It was hard to find their origins. *

    Torgau itself was a big redoubt, built by Napoleon to cover

    the crossing  of the Elbe. The roof of the place in the parapet

    where we draw coal had N + 1812 ^ [insert] within carved [/insert] on it. We were not

    allowed to talk or go near the crest. In the ditch at

    the place we could see the Germans were employed putting

    up a barbed wire fence. But inside there was not wire to

    be seen we were confined on a large fort.

    German soldiers were continually passing & making the day

    hideous with the Wacht au Rheins or other patriotic songs.

    mostly I take it for our benefit.

    In the Interior were even geese.   There used to be fed by a

    French officer.

    The water supply was from pumps put up at various spots


  • June 17, 2017 22:45:03 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                  16

    We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

    the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

    feed.

    Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

    rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

    few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape

    of a made court, merely the ground of the barrack square.

    Gymnastic classes were held. X [insert] And the everlasting French Bowls as as played [/insert]

    Front act on early in November but did not last long- Another

    spell took place near the end of the month & skating was

    in full swing when we left departed. This per the local house

    [insert] not prisoners [/insert] A few days before we left a Zep[insert] pe [/insert] lin crossed over . It was not

    numbered but had a name. It was flying quite low

    & we had a good view.

    Rumours, mostly lying ones about he war were in almost

    daily circulation . It was hard to find their origins. *

    Torgau itself was a big redoubt, built by Napoleon to cover

    the crossing  of the Elbe. The roof of the place in the parapet

    where we draw coal had N + 1812 ^ [insert] within carved [/insert] on it. We were not

    allowed to talk or go near


  • June 17, 2017 22:43:55 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                  16

    We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

    the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

    feed.

    Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

    rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

    few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape

    of a made court, merely the ground of the barrack square.

    Gymnastic classes were held. X [insert] And the everlasting French Bowls as as played [/insert]

    Front act on early in November but did not last long- Another

    spell took place near the end of the month & skating was

    in full swing when we left departed. This per the local house

    [insert] not prisoners [/insert] A few days before we left a Zep[insert] pe [/insert] lin crossed over . It was not

    numbered but had a name. It was flying quite low

    & we had a good view.

    Rumours, mostly lying ones about he war were in almost

    daily circulation . It was hard to find their origins. *

    Torgau itself was a big redoubt, built by Napoleon to cover

    the crossing  of the Elbe. The roof of the place in the parapet


  • June 17, 2017 22:41:35 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                  16

    We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

    the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

    feed.

    Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

    rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

    few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape

    of a made court, merely the ground of the barrack square.

    Gymnastic classes were held. X [insert] And the everlasting French Bowls as as played [/insert]

    Front act on early in November but did not last long- Another

    spell took place near the end of the month & skating was

    in full swing when we left departed. This per the local house

    [insert] not prisoners [/insert] A few days before we left a Zep[insert] pe [/insert] lin crossed over . It was not


  • June 17, 2017 22:39:52 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                  16

    We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

    the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

    feed.

    Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

    rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

    few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape

    of a made court, merely the ground of the barrack square.

    Gymnastic classes were held. X [insert] And the everlasting French Bowls as as played [/insert]

    Front act on early in November but did not last long- Another

    spell took place near the end of the month & skating was


  • June 17, 2017 21:51:58 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                  16

    We always massed in the same place but on the completion of

    the new buildings the French moved to one of the huts to

    feed.

    Here knitting was taken up by several officers. Football &

    rounders were played in the big court. Tennis also by a

    few, mostly French. Of course there was nothing in the shape


  • June 17, 2017 21:49:48 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                  16

    We always massed in the same place but on the


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