POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 42

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                                                                    19.

finally to be carried by hand.

We were allowed limited transport to Torgau station. I think

our train left about 1 p.m. We did not have a very hostile

walk to the station- only a few youths made objectionable 

remarks. Once in the train- we were crowded into 3rd..

class carriages with our kit.

There was [insert] were [/insert] only two really interesting events during the journey

which lasted till about 9 o'clock at night. Near Torgau

we passed a train of Russian prisoners, & several trains of

refugees - when we arrived at Magdeburg it was weird.

We were ordered to draw the blinds and not look out of

the windows. There was a guard in each carriage.

Burg is quite a short run from Magdeburg. Here there

was in the station a party of soldiers just going off to

the front who were very noisy. ^[insert] On arrival at Burg [/insert] There appeared to be

no chance of any transport. So we carried all we could.

The very heavy things had to be left on the station. It

is only fair to say that they turned up a few days later.

We were followed by a large crowd mostly civilians during

our walk. I was told in the canteen afterwards that

it had been given out that we were prisoners just taken

at Dixnunden . I was very near the front of the order of

march. The back is the place to avoid but I am only

giving my own experiences. Ladened with more than one

could with any comfort carry it was an unpleasant walk

This crowd was more amused than hostile.

             _____________ . ______________

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                                                                    19.

finally to be carried by hand.

We were allowed limited transport to Torgau station. I think

our train left about 1 p.m. We did not have a very hostile

walk to the station- only a few youths made objectionable 

remarks. Once in the train- we were crowded into 3rd..

class carriages with our kit.

There was [insert] were [/insert] only two really interesting events during the journey

which lasted till about 9 o'clock at night. Near Torgau

we passed a train of Russian prisoners, & several trains of

refugees - when we arrived at Magdeburg it was weird.

We were ordered to draw the blinds and not look out of

the windows. There was a guard in each carriage.

Burg is quite a short run from Magdeburg. Here there

was in the station a party of soldiers just going off to

the front who were very noisy. ^[insert] On arrival at Burg [/insert] There appeared to be

no chance of any transport. So we carried all we could.

The very heavy things had to be left on the station. It

is only fair to say that they turned up a few days later.

We were followed by a large crowd mostly civilians during

our walk. I was told in the canteen afterwards that

it had been given out that we were prisoners just taken

at Dixnunden . I was very near the front of the order of

march. The back is the place to avoid but I am only

giving my own experiences. Ladened with more than one

could with any comfort carry it was an unpleasant walk

This crowd was more amused than hostile.

             _____________ . ______________


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  • June 19, 2017 15:48:00 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                        19.

    finally to be carried by hand.

    We were allowed limited transport to Torgau station. I think

    our train left about 1 p.m. We did not have a very hostile

    walk to the station- only a few youths made objectionable 

    remarks. Once in the train- we were crowded into 3rd..

    class carriages with our kit.

    There was [insert] were [/insert] only two really interesting events during the journey

    which lasted till about 9 o'clock at night. Near Torgau

    we passed a train of Russian prisoners, & several trains of

    refugees - when we arrived at Magdeburg it was weird.

    We were ordered to draw the blinds and not look out of

    the windows. There was a guard in each carriage.

    Burg is quite a short run from Magdeburg. Here there

    was in the station a party of soldiers just going off to

    the front who were very noisy. ^[insert] On arrival at Burg [/insert] There appeared to be

    no chance of any transport. So we carried all we could.

    The very heavy things had to be left on the station. It

    is only fair to say that they turned up a few days later.

    We were followed by a large crowd mostly civilians during

    our walk. I was told in the canteen afterwards that

    it had been given out that we were prisoners just taken

    at Dixnunden . I was very near the front of the order of

    march. The back is the place to avoid but I am only

    giving my own experiences. Ladened with more than one

    could with any comfort carry it was an unpleasant walk

    This crowd was more amused than hostile.

                 _____________ . ______________


  • June 19, 2017 15:47:41 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                        19.

    finally to be carried by hand.

    We were allowed limited transport to Torgau station. I think

    our train left about 1 p.m. We did not have a very hostile

    walk to the station- only a few youths made objectionable 

    remarks. Once in the train- we were crowded into 3rd..

    class carriages with our kit.

    There was [insert] were [/insert] only two really interesting events during the journey

    which lasted till about 9 o'clock at night. Near Torgau

    we passed a train of Russian prisoners, & several trains of

    refugees - when we arrived at Magdeburg it was weird.

    We were ordered to draw the blinds and not look out of

    the windows. There was a guard in each carriage.

    Burg is quite a short run from Magdeburg. Here there

    was in the station a party of soldiers just going off to

    the front who were very noisy. ^[insert] On arrival at Burg [/insert] There appeared to be

    no chance of any transport. So we carried all we could.

    The very heavy things had to be left on the station. It

    is only fair to say that they turned up a few days later.

    We were followed by a large crowd mostly civilians during

    our walk. I was told in the canteen afterwards that

    it had been given out that we were prisoners just taken

    at Dixnunden . I was very near the front of the order of

    march. The back is the place to avoid but I am only

    giving my own experiences. Ladened with more than one

    could with any comfort carry it was an unpleasant walk

    This crowd was more amused than hostile.


  • June 19, 2017 15:40:29 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                        19.

    finally to be carried by hand.

    We were allowed limited transport to Torgau station. I think

    our train left about 1 p.m. We did not have a very hostile

    walk to the station- only a few youths made objectionable 

    remarks. Once in the train- we were crowded into 3rd..

    class carriages with our kit.

    There was [insert] were [/insert] only two really interesting events during the journey

    which lasted till about 9 o'clock at night. Near Torgau



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