POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 46
- June 19, 2017 18:28:17 Annick Rodriguez
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 gen
ius 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