POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 49

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25.  Written in the upper right corner 

fate quite happy - but I was soon undeceived all my German

paper money was taken away. The room contained an officer

& a beast of a feld label- of whom more anon. I was

graciously permitted by the officer to retain two 3d threepence bits & a

shilling. He took from me however all my food which

included 2 lbs of cocoa bought in Torgau with the exception

of sugar which for some reason I was allowed to keep.

My electric torch was also removed - also a map which

I had been permitted to pay 2 marks for in Burg. A

map of the Russian German theatre of war.

The search lasted about 20 minutes I was then led to the

other room which was similar ro the previous one. I

managed to convey the intelligence that German notes were

wanted. One officer put a 50 mark note in a cigarette, it

went through the search all right. Unfortunately a few

day later he smoked it. One of my brother officers had some

sovereigns in a sovereign case & by a little sleight of hand

they went through, a sovereign case is apparently unknown.

When all the searching was over, it must have been 2

o' clock, we were all marched out of the room up some

steps and on so to speak the first floor we found

ourselves in the main prison. The present occupants

were Belgians & French. x We were led into a little court

told to put our kit down - then taken into a room

& given some dinner - Afterwards we were fallen in by

the N.C.O Petifer or something like it his name. One of the

Russian officers was smoking a cigarette. He barked at him.

The Russian took no notice. He then proceeded to knock

the cigarette out of his mouth. We were now told off

to rooms. I was sent to No 8 the casemates - Here I

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25.  Written in the upper right corner 

fate quite happy - but I was soon undeceived all my German

paper money was taken away. The room contained an officer

& a beast of a feld label- of whom more anon. I was

graciously permitted by the officer to retain two 3d threepence bits & a

shilling. He took from me however all my food which

included 2 lbs of cocoa bought in Torgau with the exception

of sugar which for some reason I was allowed to keep.

My electric torch was also removed - also a map which

I had been permitted to pay 2 marks for in Burg. A

map of the Russian German theatre of war.

The search lasted about 20 minutes I was then led to the

other room which was similar ro the previous one. I

managed to convey the intelligence that German notes were

wanted. One officer put a 50 mark note in a cigarette, it

went through the search all right. Unfortunately a few

day later he smoked it. One of my brother officers had some

sovereigns in a sovereign case & by a little sleight of hand

they went through, a sovereign case is apparently unknown.

When all the searching was over, it must have been 2

o' clock, we were all marched out of the room up some

steps and on so to speak the first floor we found

ourselves in the main prison. The present occupants

were Belgians & French. x We were led into a little court

told to put our kit down - then taken into a room

& given some dinner - Afterwards we were fallen in by

the N.C.O Petifer or something like it his name. One of the

Russian officers was smoking a cigarette. He barked at him.

The Russian took no notice. He then proceeded to knock

the cigarette out of his mouth. We were now told off

to rooms. I was sent to No 8 the casemates - Here I


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  • June 19, 2017 14:55:38 L G

    25.  Written in the upper right corner 

    fate quite happy - but I was soon undeceived all my German

    paper money was taken away. The room contained an officer

    & a beast of a feld label- of whom more anon. I was

    graciously permitted by the officer to retain two 3d threepence bits & a

    shilling. He took from me however all my food which

    included 2 lbs of cocoa bought in Torgau with the exception

    of sugar which for some reason I was allowed to keep.

    My electric torch was also removed - also a map which

    I had been permitted to pay 2 marks for in Burg. A

    map of the Russian German theatre of war.

    The search lasted about 20 minutes I was then led to the

    other room which was similar ro the previous one. I

    managed to convey the intelligence that German notes were

    wanted. One officer put a 50 mark note in a cigarette, it

    went through the search all right. Unfortunately a few

    day later he smoked it. One of my brother officers had some

    sovereigns in a sovereign case & by a little sleight of hand

    they went through, a sovereign case is apparently unknown.

    When all the searching was over, it must have been 2

    o' clock, we were all marched out of the room up some

    steps and on so to speak the first floor we found

    ourselves in the main prison. The present occupants

    were Belgians & French. x We were led into a little court

    told to put our kit down - then taken into a room

    & given some dinner - Afterwards we were fallen in by

    the N.C.O Petifer or something like it his name. One of the

    Russian officers was smoking a cigarette. He barked at him.

    The Russian took no notice. He then proceeded to knock

    the cigarette out of his mouth. We were now told off

    to rooms. I was sent to No 8 the casemates - Here I


  • June 19, 2017 13:35:55 L G

    25.  Written in the upper right corner 

    fate quite happy - but I was soon undeceived all my German

    paper money was taken away. The room contained an officer

    & a beast of a feld label- of whom more anon. I was

    graciously permitted by the officer to retain two  ... bits & a

    shilling. He took from me however all my food which

    included 2 lbs of cocoa bought in Torgau with the exception

    of sugar which for some reason I was allowed to keep.

    My electric torch was also removed - also a map which

    I had been permitted to pay 2 marks for in Burg. A

    map of the Russian German theatre of war.

    The search lasted about 20 minutes I was then led to the

    other room which was similar ro the previous one. I

    managed to convey the intelligence that German notes were

    wanted. One officer put a 50 mark note in a cigarette, it

    went through the search all right. Unfortunately a few

    day later he smoked it. One of my brother officers had some

    sovereigns in a sovereign case & by a little sleight of hand

    they went through, a sovereign case is apparently unknown.

    When all the searching was over, it must have been 2

    o' clock, we were all marched out of the room up some

    steps and on so to speak the first floor we found

    ourselves in the main prison. The present occupants

    were Belgians & French. x We were led into a little court

    told to put our kit down - then taken into a room

    & given some dinner - Afterwards we were fallen in by

    the N.C.O Petifer or something like it his name. One of the

    Russian officers was smoking a cigarette. He barked at him.

    The Russian took no notice. He then proceeded to knock

    the cigarette out of his mouth. We were now told off

    to rooms. I was sent to No 8 the casemates - Here I


  • June 18, 2017 16:42:08 L G

    25.  Written in the upper right corner 

    fate quite happy - but I was soon undeceived all my German

    paper money was taken away. The room contained an officer

    & a beast of a feld label- of whom more anon. I was

    graciously permitted by the officer to retain two  ... bits & a

    shilling. He took from me however all my food which

    included 2 lbs of cocoa bought in Torgau with the exception

    of sugar which for some reason I was allowed to keep.

    My electric torch was also removed - also a map which

    I had been permitted to pay 2 marks for in Burg. A

    map of the Russian German theatre of war.

    The search lasted about 20 minutes I was then led to the

    other room which was similar ro the previous one. I

    managed to convey the intelligence that German notes were

    wanted. One officer put a 50 mark note in a cigarette, it

    went through the search all right. Unfortunately a few

    day later he smoked it. One of my brother officers had some

    sovereigns in a sovereign case & by a little sleight of hand

    they went through, a sovereign case is apparently unknown.

    When all the searching was over, it must have been 2

    o' clock, we were all marched out of the room up some

    steps and on so to speak the first floor we found

    ourselves in the main prison. The present occupants

    were Belgians & French. x We were led into a little court

    told to put our kit down - then taken into a room

    & given some dinner - Afterwards we were fallen in by

    the N.C.O Petifer or something like it his name. One of the

    Russian officers was smoking a cigarette. He barked at him.

    The Russian took no notice. He then proceeded to knock

    the cigarette out of his mouth. We were now told off

    to rooms. I was sent to No  8 the casemates - Here I


  • June 18, 2017 16:39:21 L G

    fate quite happy - but I was soon undeceived all my German

    paper money was taken away. The room contained an officer

    & a beast of a feld label- of whom more anon. I was

    graciously permitted by the officer to retain two  ... bits & a

    shilling. He took from me however all my food which

    included 2 lbs of cocoa bought in Torgau with the exception

    of sugar which for some reason I was allowed to keep.

    My electric torch was also removed - also a map which

    I had been permitted to pay 2 marks for in Burg. A

    map of the Russian German theatre of war.

    The search lasted about 20 minutes I was then led to the

    other room which was similar ro the previous one. I

    managed to convey the intelligence that German notes were

    wanted. One officer put a 50 mark note in a cigarette, it

    went through the search all right. Unfortunately a few

    day later he smoked it. One of my brother officers had some

    sovereigns in a sovereign case & by a little sleight of hand

    they went through, a sovereign case is apparently unknown.

    When all the searching was over, it must have been 2

    o' clock, we were all marched out of the room up some

    steps and on so to speak the first floor we found

    ourselves in the main prison. The present occupants

    were Belgians & French. x We were led into a little court

    told to put our kit down - then taken into a room

    & given some dinner - Afterwards we were fallen in by

    the N.C.O Petifer or something like it his name. One of the

    Russian officers was smoking a cigarette. He barked at him.

    The Russian took no notice. He then proceeded to knock

    the cigarette out of his mouth. We were now told off

    to rooms. I was sent to No  8 the casemates - Here I


  • June 18, 2017 14:59:01 L G

    fate quite happy - but I was soon undeceived all my German

    paper money was taken away. The room contained an officer

    & a beast of a feld label- of whom more anon. I was

    graciously permitted by the officer to retain two  ... bits & a

    shilling. He took from me however all my food which

    included 2 lbs of cocoa bought in Torgau with the exception

    of sugar which for some reason I was allowed to keep.

    My electric torch was also removed - also a map which

    I had been permitted to pay 2 marks for in Burg. A

    map of the Russian German theatre of war.

    The search lasted about 20 minutes I was then led to the

    other room which was similar ro the previous one. I

    managed to convey the intelligence that German notes were

    wanted. One officer put a 50 mark note in a cigarette, it

    went through the search all right. Unfortunately a few

    day later he smoked it. One of my brother officers had some

    sovereigns in a sovereign case & by a little sleight of hand

    they went through, a sovereign case is apparently unknown.


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    Torgau, Germany

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