POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 51

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26. In the upper right corner 

had as companions 12 French, 1 Russian, 1 Belgian, 2 of my

brother officers. In this too I was lucky for most of the English

were alone. It was now tea time 4 p.m & the door of

the casemate was locked & would be till next morning with

the exception of half an hour when we like dogs were

permitted to have a run.

Thus ended my first day at the Citadel.

The Citadel itself was a large fort on the island formed

by the ELBE at Magdeburg. The portion which we

occupied however was not large, but besides ourselves

the main portion was occupied by the local  regt.  in

training recruits & war work. We occupied so to 

speak a small outer circle on the first floor. Our

casemate hut was in the parapet which towered above

it. On the top paced a sentry. The front view was

a long tall building in which war work was being

carried on. At the end of the building where out

walking one got a glimpse of the barrack square on

which squads of men were doing the parade step.

Turning across a corner of this guarded by a sentry

& forbidden to us except on duty one came to the

black house. In this was the office and field officers

quarters. Here the field officers had a room with a

Belgian ally. At 4 they were shut in to the house

but could go to each others rooms & so could make

up a bridge four. They had a little yard of their own

in which to take exercise and only mixed with

the common herd at canteen time. X

Walking the other way one came to the canteen

& pursuing a path on which one could only walk

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26. In the upper right corner 

had as companions 12 French, 1 Russian, 1 Belgian, 2 of my

brother officers. In this too I was lucky for most of the English

were alone. It was now tea time 4 p.m & the door of

the casemate was locked & would be till next morning with

the exception of half an hour when we like dogs were

permitted to have a run.

Thus ended my first day at the Citadel.

The Citadel itself was a large fort on the island formed

by the ELBE at Magdeburg. The portion which we

occupied however was not large, but besides ourselves

the main portion was occupied by the local  regt.  in

training recruits & war work. We occupied so to 

speak a small outer circle on the first floor. Our

casemate hut was in the parapet which towered above

it. On the top paced a sentry. The front view was

a long tall building in which war work was being

carried on. At the end of the building where out

walking one got a glimpse of the barrack square on

which squads of men were doing the parade step.

Turning across a corner of this guarded by a sentry

& forbidden to us except on duty one came to the

black house. In this was the office and field officers

quarters. Here the field officers had a room with a

Belgian ally. At 4 they were shut in to the house

but could go to each others rooms & so could make

up a bridge four. They had a little yard of their own

in which to take exercise and only mixed with

the common herd at canteen time. X

Walking the other way one came to the canteen

& pursuing a path on which one could only walk


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  • June 19, 2017 13:15:32 L G

    26. In the upper right corner 

    had as companions 12 French, 1 Russian, 1 Belgian, 2 of my

    brother officers. In this too I was lucky for most of the English

    were alone. It was now tea time 4 p.m & the door of

    the casemate was locked & would be till next morning with

    the exception of half an hour when we like dogs were

    permitted to have a run.

    Thus ended my first day at the Citadel.

    The Citadel itself was a large fort on the island formed

    by the ELBE at Magdeburg. The portion which we

    occupied however was not large, but besides ourselves

    the main portion was occupied by the local  regt.  in

    training recruits & war work. We occupied so to 

    speak a small outer circle on the first floor. Our

    casemate hut was in the parapet which towered above

    it. On the top paced a sentry. The front view was

    a long tall building in which war work was being

    carried on. At the end of the building where out

    walking one got a glimpse of the barrack square on

    which squads of men were doing the parade step.

    Turning across a corner of this guarded by a sentry

    & forbidden to us except on duty one came to the

    black house. In this was the office and field officers

    quarters. Here the field officers had a room with a

    Belgian ally. At 4 they were shut in to the house

    but could go to each others rooms & so could make

    up a bridge four. They had a little yard of their own

    in which to take exercise and only mixed with

    the common herd at canteen time. X

    Walking the other way one came to the canteen

    & pursuing a path on which one could only walk


  • June 19, 2017 13:00:45 L G

    26. In the upper right corner 

    had as companions 12 French, 1 Russian, 1 Belgian, 2 of my

    brother officers. In this too I was lucky for most of the English

    were alone. It was now tea time 4 p.m & the door of

    the casemate was locked & would be till next morning with

    the exception of half an hour when we like dogs were

    permitted to have a run.

    Thus ended my first day at the Citadel..

    The Citadel itself was a large fort on the island formed

    by the ELBE at Magdeburg. The portion which we

    occupied however was not large, but besides ourselves

    the main portion was occupied by the local  regt.  in

    training recruits & war work. We occupied so to 

    speak a small outer circle on the first floor. Our

    casemate hut was in the parapet which towered above

    it. On the top paced a sentry. The front view was

    a long tall building in which war work was being

    carried on. At the end of the building where out

    walking one got a glimpse of the barrack square on

    which squads of men were doing the parade step.

    Turning across a corner of this guarded by a sentry

    & forbidden to us except on duty one came to the

    black house. In this was the office and field officers

    quarters. Here the field officers had a room with a

    Belgian ally. At 4 they were shut in to the house

    but could go to each others rooms & so could make

    up a bridge four. They had a little yard of their own

    in which to take exercise and only mixed with

    the common herd at canteen time. X

    Walking the other way one came to the canteen

    & pursuing a path on which one could only walk


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    Magdeburg, Germany

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