POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 44

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                                          21.

The beds were comfortable & had white sheets, we had had a blue

& white check varriety at TORGAU.

The drawbacks however were soon apparent. The Russians never

wanted the windows open. We had agreed on no account to

guard with them so we compounded & had there open at

fixed hours for ventilation. The walking space outside

was most limited being the length of 3 buildings by

20 yards wide. The place was surrounded with walls with

numerous sentry ports. Of course  I spent the first days in

looking fir the weak points were an escape could be made.

From the top floors of the living houses one could see the

country round- even to one day seeing a man missing

partridges. This was pleasant after being completely shut

in at Torgau. There were numberous rules & regulations

The English of which was [insert] somewhat [/insert] comical. We were only allowed a

limited amount of money. There was a bath place with

baths in it- there were told off- & one could get one

bath a week.

The German idea was presumably to mix the Russian & English

with a view to quarrels- This we deti[insert] e [/insert]rmined should not

occur- as in the first week or so nothing happened they

issued a new order whereby  the beds were alloted English

Russian, English Russian etc, so that we should be

thoroughly  mixed up- we argued thus- At night the

only person who came near us was the  ...  who

turned out the lights- by day it then was a roll call

we mixed up - Thus my bed was officially between two

Russians but I did not sleep there.

We cate our meals & had roll calls in our rooms. The

weather at first was cold with snow but it soon got mild.


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                                          21.

The beds were comfortable & had white sheets, we had had a blue

& white check varriety at TORGAU.

The drawbacks however were soon apparent. The Russians never

wanted the windows open. We had agreed on no account to

guard with them so we compounded & had there open at

fixed hours for ventilation. The walking space outside

was most limited being the length of 3 buildings by

20 yards wide. The place was surrounded with walls with

numerous sentry ports. Of course  I spent the first days in

looking fir the weak points were an escape could be made.

From the top floors of the living houses one could see the

country round- even to one day seeing a man missing

partridges. This was pleasant after being completely shut

in at Torgau. There were numberous rules & regulations

The English of which was [insert] somewhat [/insert] comical. We were only allowed a

limited amount of money. There was a bath place with

baths in it- there were told off- & one could get one

bath a week.

The German idea was presumably to mix the Russian & English

with a view to quarrels- This we deti[insert] e [/insert]rmined should not

occur- as in the first week or so nothing happened they

issued a new order whereby  the beds were alloted English

Russian, English Russian etc, so that we should be

thoroughly  mixed up- we argued thus- At night the

only person who came near us was the  ...  who

turned out the lights- by day it then was a roll call

we mixed up - Thus my bed was officially between two

Russians but I did not sleep there.

We cate our meals & had roll calls in our rooms. The

weather at first was cold with snow but it soon got mild.



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  • June 19, 2017 17:32:19 Annick Rodriguez

                                              21.

    The beds were comfortable & had white sheets, we had had a blue

    & white check varriety at TORGAU.

    The drawbacks however were soon apparent. The Russians never

    wanted the windows open. We had agreed on no account to

    guard with them so we compounded & had there open at

    fixed hours for ventilation. The walking space outside

    was most limited being the length of 3 buildings by

    20 yards wide. The place was surrounded with walls with

    numerous sentry ports. Of course  I spent the first days in

    looking fir the weak points were an escape could be made.

    From the top floors of the living houses one could see the

    country round- even to one day seeing a man missing

    partridges. This was pleasant after being completely shut

    in at Torgau. There were numberous rules & regulations

    The English of which was [insert] somewhat [/insert] comical. We were only allowed a

    limited amount of money. There was a bath place with

    baths in it- there were told off- & one could get one

    bath a week.

    The German idea was presumably to mix the Russian & English

    with a view to quarrels- This we deti[insert] e [/insert]rmined should not

    occur- as in the first week or so nothing happened they

    issued a new order whereby  the beds were alloted English

    Russian, English Russian etc, so that we should be

    thoroughly  mixed up- we argued thus- At night the

    only person who came near us was the  ...  who

    turned out the lights- by day it then was a roll call

    we mixed up - Thus my bed was officially between two

    Russians but I did not sleep there.

    We cate our meals & had roll calls in our rooms. The

    weather at first was cold with snow but it soon got mild.



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