POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 44
- June 19, 2017 17:32:19 Annick Rodriguez
The beds were comfortable & had white sheets, we had had a blue
& white check var
riety 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 num
berous 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 det
i[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.
cate our meals & had roll calls in our rooms. The
weather at first was cold with snow but it soon got mild.