POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 46

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                                                                      23.

warned to be ready to move next day. As a matter of fact

they took about half of us and distributed them amongst the camps

in Magdeburg & the rest to Halle.

We had an early breakfast & fell in in the court yard. Here

the German Lieutenant surpassed himself. He shouted & counted

but could not make the numbers right. Finally with our

assistance he got over the difficulty. We were marched to the

station. Arriving at this spot, we were halted outside for

an hour. It rained  & there was no cover. I like many

others was great coatless. We could so easily  have been taken

inside the building, but this was but an example of German

culture. The only amusement was the appearance of a German

sportsman with this gun a & dog. My pen cannot describe what to

my eyes was a most ludicrous figure, starting with a Homburg

hat decorated with a feather, a gun slung on his back, a

dog whose remote ancestor on one side might possible have been

a pointer. Oh but in the Hartz mountains a year or so later

I have seen the genius sportsman at work. They shoot little

dickie birds when they find them sitting in  the trees ^[insert] & often miss them then [/insert] I even

saw one have a shot at a hare. The hare did not seem

much  the worse for his adventure. No the Hun knows not

what spat means.

But to continue when once in the train we reached Magdeburg

in a very short time. I for the first & last time in Germany

was in a carriage without a sentry. There were not sufficient

to put in every carriage. There was however no chance of an

escape. But it taught me that one never knew ones luck.

& that in any future journey one ought to take a break

of ford etc.

On arrival at Magdeburg we were formed up on the platform.




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                                                                      23.

warned to be ready to move next day. As a matter of fact

they took about half of us and distributed them amongst the camps

in Magdeburg & the rest to Halle.

We had an early breakfast & fell in in the court yard. Here

the German Lieutenant surpassed himself. He shouted & counted

but could not make the numbers right. Finally with our

assistance he got over the difficulty. We were marched to the

station. Arriving at this spot, we were halted outside for

an hour. It rained  & there was no cover. I like many

others was great coatless. We could so easily  have been taken

inside the building, but this was but an example of German

culture. The only amusement was the appearance of a German

sportsman with this gun a & dog. My pen cannot describe what to

my eyes was a most ludicrous figure, starting with a Homburg

hat decorated with a feather, a gun slung on his back, a

dog whose remote ancestor on one side might possible have been

a pointer. Oh but in the Hartz mountains a year or so later

I have seen the genius sportsman at work. They shoot little

dickie birds when they find them sitting in  the trees ^[insert] & often miss them then [/insert] I even

saw one have a shot at a hare. The hare did not seem

much  the worse for his adventure. No the Hun knows not

what spat means.

But to continue when once in the train we reached Magdeburg

in a very short time. I for the first & last time in Germany

was in a carriage without a sentry. There were not sufficient

to put in every carriage. There was however no chance of an

escape. But it taught me that one never knew ones luck.

& that in any future journey one ought to take a break

of ford etc.

On arrival at Magdeburg we were formed up on the platform.





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  • June 19, 2017 18:28:17 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                          23.

    warned to be ready to move next day. As a matter of fact

    they took about half of us and distributed them amongst the camps

    in Magdeburg & the rest to Halle.

    We had an early breakfast & fell in in the court yard. Here

    the German Lieutenant surpassed himself. He shouted & counted

    but could not make the numbers right. Finally with our

    assistance he got over the difficulty. We were marched to the

    station. Arriving at this spot, we were halted outside for

    an hour. It rained  & there was no cover. I like many

    others was great coatless. We could so easily  have been taken

    inside the building, but this was but an example of German

    culture. The only amusement was the appearance of a German

    sportsman with this gun a & dog. My pen cannot describe what to

    my eyes was a most ludicrous figure, starting with a Homburg

    hat decorated with a feather, a gun slung on his back, a

    dog whose remote ancestor on one side might possible have been

    a pointer. Oh but in the Hartz mountains a year or so later

    I have seen the genius sportsman at work. They shoot little

    dickie birds when they find them sitting in  the trees ^[insert] & often miss them then [/insert] I even

    saw one have a shot at a hare. The hare did not seem

    much  the worse for his adventure. No the Hun knows not

    what spat means.

    But to continue when once in the train we reached Magdeburg

    in a very short time. I for the first & last time in Germany

    was in a carriage without a sentry. There were not sufficient

    to put in every carriage. There was however no chance of an

    escape. But it taught me that one never knew ones luck.

    & that in any future journey one ought to take a break

    of ford etc.

    On arrival at Magdeburg we were formed up on the platform.





  • June 19, 2017 18:12:05 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                          23.

    warned to be ready to move next day. As a matter of fact

    they took about half of us and distributed them amongst the camps

    in Magdeburg & the rest to Halle.


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