POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 47

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                                                                      24.

I was again near the head in the first 20 anyway. We were at

once pounced on & led away. We were taken to a train car

with all the blinds drawn. This whizzed away for quite a long

journey. It crossed the Elbe  or rather the main channel of the Elbe

& then stopped. We were ushered into a fortress ^[insert] & [/insert] the gates closed

behind us.

                            MADEBURG CITADEL.

If the journey from the station had been a rush,we were now

left to cool our heels for an hour or two.

We and an equal number of Russians who had come with us

were put into a dirty barrack room with about 40 beds, the

door was closed & a sentry took his stand outside. We at once

appropriated beds- After a time we commenced to explore-

The window at first sight was glazed so that one could not

see out. A closer investigation showed one could see in places.

The window outside was bared but it was on a level with

the street. This uninviting spot had its possibilities. Our

investigations were brought to a close by the sentry who gave

out that it was strong verboten to go near the window.

Then a Russian was called out of the room, & by he free

masonry of prisoners we were soon wise as to the Hun  game

Each prisoner was individually marched & then he and his

kit were put into another room similar to he first.

We soon also learnt that the main object of the search was

money. As ever the English were taken last. Then this 

was no disadvantage for it gave one an hour or two to

make over preparations- find a good hiding place.

I thought money meant gold , & having none went to my


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                                                                      24.

I was again near the head in the first 20 anyway. We were at

once pounced on & led away. We were taken to a train car

with all the blinds drawn. This whizzed away for quite a long

journey. It crossed the Elbe  or rather the main channel of the Elbe

& then stopped. We were ushered into a fortress ^[insert] & [/insert] the gates closed

behind us.

                            MADEBURG CITADEL.

If the journey from the station had been a rush,we were now

left to cool our heels for an hour or two.

We and an equal number of Russians who had come with us

were put into a dirty barrack room with about 40 beds, the

door was closed & a sentry took his stand outside. We at once

appropriated beds- After a time we commenced to explore-

The window at first sight was glazed so that one could not

see out. A closer investigation showed one could see in places.

The window outside was bared but it was on a level with

the street. This uninviting spot had its possibilities. Our

investigations were brought to a close by the sentry who gave

out that it was strong verboten to go near the window.

Then a Russian was called out of the room, & by he free

masonry of prisoners we were soon wise as to the Hun  game

Each prisoner was individually marched & then he and his

kit were put into another room similar to he first.

We soon also learnt that the main object of the search was

money. As ever the English were taken last. Then this 

was no disadvantage for it gave one an hour or two to

make over preparations- find a good hiding place.

I thought money meant gold , & having none went to my



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  • June 19, 2017 23:23:17 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                          24.

    I was again near the head in the first 20 anyway. We were at

    once pounced on & led away. We were taken to a train car

    with all the blinds drawn. This whizzed away for quite a long

    journey. It crossed the Elbe  or rather the main channel of the Elbe

    & then stopped. We were ushered into a fortress ^[insert] & [/insert] the gates closed

    behind us.

                                MADEBURG CITADEL.

    If the journey from the station had been a rush,we were now

    left to cool our heels for an hour or two.

    We and an equal number of Russians who had come with us

    were put into a dirty barrack room with about 40 beds, the

    door was closed & a sentry took his stand outside. We at once

    appropriated beds- After a time we commenced to explore-

    The window at first sight was glazed so that one could not

    see out. A closer investigation showed one could see in places.

    The window outside was bared but it was on a level with

    the street. This uninviting spot had its possibilities. Our

    investigations were brought to a close by the sentry who gave

    out that it was strong verboten to go near the window.

    Then a Russian was called out of the room, & by he free

    masonry of prisoners we were soon wise as to the Hun  game

    Each prisoner was individually marched & then he and his

    kit were put into another room similar to he first.

    We soon also learnt that the main object of the search was

    money. As ever the English were taken last. Then this 

    was no disadvantage for it gave one an hour or two to

    make over preparations- find a good hiding place.

    I thought money meant gold , & having none went to my



  • June 19, 2017 18:35:27 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                          24.

    I was again near the head in the first 20 anyway. We were at

    once pounced on & led away. We were taken to a train car

    with all the blinds drawn. This whizzed away for quite a long

    journey. It crossed the Elbe  or rather the main channel of the Elbe

    & then stopped. We were ushered into a fortress ^[insert] & [/insert] the gates closed

    behind us.

                                MADEBURG CITADEL.

    If the journey from the station had been a rush,we were now

    left to cool our heels for an hour or two.

    We and an equal number of Russians who had come with us

    were put into a dirty barrack room with about 40 beds, the

    door was closed & a sentry took his stand outside. We at once

    appropriated beds- After a time we commenced to explore-

    The window at first sight was glazed so that one could not

    see out. A closer investigation showed one could see in places.

    The window outside was bared but it was on a level with

    the street. This uninviting spot had its possibilities. Our

    investigations were brought to a close by the sentry who gave

    out that it



  • June 19, 2017 18:33:51 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                          24.

    I was again near the head in the first 20 anyway. We were at

    once pounced on & led away. We were taken to a train car

    with all the blinds drawn. This whizzed away for quite a long

    journey. It crossed the Elbe  or rather the main channel of the Elbe

    & then stopped. We were ushered into a fortress ^[insert] & [/insert] the gates closed

    behind us.

                                MADEBURG CITADEL.

    If the journey from the station had been a rush,we were now

    left to cool our heels for an hour or two.

    We and an equal number of Russians who had come with us

    were put into a dirty barrack room with about 40 beds, the

    door was closed & a sentry took his stand outside. We at once

    appropriated beds- After a time we commenced to explore-

    The window at first sight was glazed so that one could not




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