POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 86

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There we [insert] re [/insert] 3 courts martial on English officers whilst I was

here. One was on chichester Constable for calling a workman

a swine, for dropping mortar on his head at Torgau. He

had been asked to pay compensation & refused. Here he got

about 6 months. He managed to slip away in a party

going to GOTISLOW, but  I expect German injustice followed

him up. Another, on a gunner who had been found, in a

search , in possession of Kuiserlich property; to whit the

number plate of his door at TORGAU; he got a matter of

days. The 3rd.., on an officer over a little matter of send-

ing a letter home by an English Doctor which they

had unfortunately discovered. His sentence on appeal was

always increasing.

By German law you can I think appeal 3 times

The number seems generally to be raised each time.

It is not always so, I am given to understand.

There was a Russian officer sentenced to death- who

appealed and got about 14 days - the prosicutor then

appealed & he got slightly more.

Escaping is not looked upon a a crime- the normal

punishment being 14 days, but the German looks for

a side issue. Thus is you are tunneling you use

wood & they try & bring in theft for which they

give you 2 yrs. Some russians went under a road

the crime here was endangering German Communications

& the first sentence was death; on appeal this was

seduced to 2 or 3 yrs.

They produce an interpreter but at least their justice

is not the same as ours.

It seems that in escapes -One got a good deal less

if you succeeded in getting clear of the camp.


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There we [insert] re [/insert] 3 courts martial on English officers whilst I was

here. One was on chichester Constable for calling a workman

a swine, for dropping mortar on his head at Torgau. He

had been asked to pay compensation & refused. Here he got

about 6 months. He managed to slip away in a party

going to GOTISLOW, but  I expect German injustice followed

him up. Another, on a gunner who had been found, in a

search , in possession of Kuiserlich property; to whit the

number plate of his door at TORGAU; he got a matter of

days. The 3rd.., on an officer over a little matter of send-

ing a letter home by an English Doctor which they

had unfortunately discovered. His sentence on appeal was

always increasing.

By German law you can I think appeal 3 times

The number seems generally to be raised each time.

It is not always so, I am given to understand.

There was a Russian officer sentenced to death- who

appealed and got about 14 days - the prosicutor then

appealed & he got slightly more.

Escaping is not looked upon a a crime- the normal

punishment being 14 days, but the German looks for

a side issue. Thus is you are tunneling you use

wood & they try & bring in theft for which they

give you 2 yrs. Some russians went under a road

the crime here was endangering German Communications

& the first sentence was death; on appeal this was

seduced to 2 or 3 yrs.

They produce an interpreter but at least their justice

is not the same as ours.

It seems that in escapes -One got a good deal less

if you succeeded in getting clear of the camp.



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  • June 22, 2017 17:09:08 Annick Rodriguez

    There we [insert] re [/insert] 3 courts martial on English officers whilst I was

    here. One was on chichester Constable for calling a workman

    a swine, for dropping mortar on his head at Torgau. He

    had been asked to pay compensation & refused. Here he got

    about 6 months. He managed to slip away in a party

    going to GOTISLOW, but  I expect German injustice followed

    him up. Another, on a gunner who had been found, in a

    search , in possession of Kuiserlich property; to whit the

    number plate of his door at TORGAU; he got a matter of

    days. The 3rd.., on an officer over a little matter of send-

    ing a letter home by an English Doctor which they

    had unfortunately discovered. His sentence on appeal was

    always increasing.

    By German law you can I think appeal 3 times

    The number seems generally to be raised each time.

    It is not always so, I am given to understand.

    There was a Russian officer sentenced to death- who

    appealed and got about 14 days - the prosicutor then

    appealed & he got slightly more.

    Escaping is not looked upon a a crime- the normal

    punishment being 14 days, but the German looks for

    a side issue. Thus is you are tunneling you use

    wood & they try & bring in theft for which they

    give you 2 yrs. Some russians went under a road

    the crime here was endangering German Communications

    & the first sentence was death; on appeal this was

    seduced to 2 or 3 yrs.

    They produce an interpreter but at least their justice

    is not the same as ours.

    It seems that in escapes -One got a good deal less

    if you succeeded in getting clear of the camp.


  • June 21, 2017 22:50:27 Annick Rodriguez

    There we [insert] re [/insert] 3 courts martial on English officers whilst I was

    here. One was on chichester Constable for calling a workman

    a swine, for dropping mortar on his head at Torgau. He

    had been asked to pay compensation & refused. Here he got

    about 6 months. He managed to slip away in a party

    going to GOTISLOW, but  I expect German injustice followed

    him up. Another, on a gunner who had been found, in a

    search , in possession of Kuiserlich property; to whit the

    number plate of his door at TORGAU; he got a matter of

    days. The 3rd.., on an officer over a little matter of send-

    ing a letter home by an English Doctor which they

    had unfortunately discovered. His sentence on appeal was

    always increasing.

    By German law you an I think appeal


  • June 21, 2017 20:53:38 Annick Rodriguez

    There we [insert] re [/insert] 3 courts martial on English officers whilst I was

    here. One was on chichester Constable


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