POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 65

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                                                34.

very rich Belgian officer who used to obtain all he required

including spirits.

We had another search before I left this time for diaries but

it was a poor thing & mine went through easily under

the tops of the table. X

The change of camps was rather a blow as I was bearing

all my brother officers. And also judging from my previous

experience I expected for certain to  ...  all my tobacco

smoking now being forbidden. I and my kit were taken

to the narch room it is true, but no narch took place

We were put into taxis for which we paid & driven to our

new camp. We found that 4 other English officers who had

just come out of prison had been made to change places

with us. Their crime had been playing Rugby football

with German War Bread as the ball. The prisoner camps

in Magdeburg were run by a certain Major Von Gurtz. He

was seldom on view in the Citadel. In fact we seldom

saw an officer till January when we had a new Captain.

He spoke well but I mistrusted him. For the most part

the place was tun by Petifer who walked about with a

dog at his heels. I think he was hated nearly as much by

the Germans as by us. This also might be said of Von Gurtz

He was a regular officer & it was said his brother had been

killed- by his own men. A sunless spot in which one was

never free from German Supervision. We could see the German

recruits drilling. It was not a very practical drill much

time being given to play such as prisoners ban the rest was

gymnasium, goose steps etc. We saw a draft going to the

Russian front. They had a new service cap- to make them

mistakeable for the Russians I presume.

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                                                34.

very rich Belgian officer who used to obtain all he required

including spirits.

We had another search before I left this time for diaries but

it was a poor thing & mine went through easily under

the tops of the table. X

The change of camps was rather a blow as I was bearing

all my brother officers. And also judging from my previous

experience I expected for certain to  ...  all my tobacco

smoking now being forbidden. I and my kit were taken

to the narch room it is true, but no narch took place

We were put into taxis for which we paid & driven to our

new camp. We found that 4 other English officers who had

just come out of prison had been made to change places

with us. Their crime had been playing Rugby football

with German War Bread as the ball. The prisoner camps

in Magdeburg were run by a certain Major Von Gurtz. He

was seldom on view in the Citadel. In fact we seldom

saw an officer till January when we had a new Captain.

He spoke well but I mistrusted him. For the most part

the place was tun by Petifer who walked about with a

dog at his heels. I think he was hated nearly as much by

the Germans as by us. This also might be said of Von Gurtz

He was a regular officer & it was said his brother had been

killed- by his own men. A sunless spot in which one was

never free from German Supervision. We could see the German

recruits drilling. It was not a very practical drill much

time being given to play such as prisoners ban the rest was

gymnasium, goose steps etc. We saw a draft going to the

Russian front. They had a new service cap- to make them

mistakeable for the Russians I presume.


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  • June 21, 2017 17:17:59 Annick Rodriguez

                                                    34.

    very rich Belgian officer who used to obtain all he required

    including spirits.

    We had another search before I left this time for diaries but

    it was a poor thing & mine went through easily under

    the tops of the table. X

    The change of camps was rather a blow as I was bearing

    all my brother officers. And also judging from my previous

    experience I expected for certain to  ...  all my tobacco

    smoking now being forbidden. I and my kit were taken

    to the narch room it is true, but no narch took place

    We were put into taxis for which we paid & driven to our

    new camp. We found that 4 other English officers who had

    just come out of prison had been made to change places

    with us. Their crime had been playing Rugby football

    with German War Bread as the ball. The prisoner camps

    in Magdeburg were run by a certain Major Von Gurtz. He

    was seldom on view in the Citadel. In fact we seldom

    saw an officer till January when we had a new Captain.

    He spoke well but I mistrusted him. For the most part

    the place was tun by Petifer who walked about with a

    dog at his heels. I think he was hated nearly as much by

    the Germans as by us. This also might be said of Von Gurtz

    He was a regular officer & it was said his brother had been

    killed- by his own men. A sunless spot in which one was

    never free from German Supervision. We could see the German

    recruits drilling. It was not a very practical drill much

    time being given to play such as prisoners ban the rest was

    gymnasium, goose steps etc. We saw a draft going to the

    Russian front. They had a new service cap- to make them

    mistakeable for the Russians I presume.

  • June 21, 2017 01:44:07 Annick Rodriguez

                                                    34.

    very rich Belgian officer who used to obtain all he required

    including spirits.

    We had another search before I left this time for diaries but

    it was a poor thing & mine went through easily under

    the tops of the table. X

    The change of camps was rather a blow as I was bearing

    all my brother officers. And also judging from my previous

    experience I expected for certain to  ...  all my tobacco


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