POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 89

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45.

At holiday times the censoring was bad but judging by other camps

I have been in, there was little really of which to complain.

one of the censers  has learnt his English in America. He had usually

the job of attending Church services. There was always an

interpreter present even when the German Pardré held forth.

The other used to bring the letters round - he was inclined to

be much too friendly. It was bad enough these creatures 

reading ones letters without their discussing ones private

affairs.

A railway siding to the main line ran on the East side

of our enclosure. It often gave us side lights on the

war. On an an average a hospital train would be shunted 

twice a week but when things were lively on some front 

two might be seen a day. There were train loads of 

sledges for use on the East front - parts of light railway.

Many & many machine guns - field cookers - and at times 

heavy guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock

seemed to come from all over the place with a large

proportion from Belgium. Open trucks were as a rule

rare. A little single line ran along the bank of the  

Elbe an offshoot from this siding. The bank here

being made into warfes for barges to unship their

cargoes. What sort of trade they were carrying on I

do not know. The Elbe has a strong current &

they pull themselves up by a kind of endless chain.

Each barge has a dog on board. The noise of this

chain in use we could hear at the citadel but did

not then know what it was.

Aeroplanes were at times overhead. There was a hawk

which caused us some interest. He had become quite


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45.

At holiday times the censoring was bad but judging by other camps

I have been in, there was little really of which to complain.

one of the censers  has learnt his English in America. He had usually

the job of attending Church services. There was always an

interpreter present even when the German Pardré held forth.

The other used to bring the letters round - he was inclined to

be much too friendly. It was bad enough these creatures 

reading ones letters without their discussing ones private

affairs.

A railway siding to the main line ran on the East side

of our enclosure. It often gave us side lights on the

war. On an an average a hospital train would be shunted 

twice a week but when things were lively on some front 

two might be seen a day. There were train loads of 

sledges for use on the East front - parts of light railway.

Many & many machine guns - field cookers - and at times 

heavy guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock

seemed to come from all over the place with a large

proportion from Belgium. Open trucks were as a rule

rare. A little single line ran along the bank of the  

Elbe an offshoot from this siding. The bank here

being made into warfes for barges to unship their

cargoes. What sort of trade they were carrying on I

do not know. The Elbe has a strong current &

they pull themselves up by a kind of endless chain.

Each barge has a dog on board. The noise of this

chain in use we could hear at the citadel but did

not then know what it was.

Aeroplanes were at times overhead. There was a hawk

which caused us some interest. He had become quite



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  • November 3, 2017 20:11:16 Thomas A. Lingner

    45.

    At holiday times the censoring was bad but judging by other camps

    I have been in, there was little really of which to complain.

    one of the censers  has learnt his English in America. He had usually

    the job of attending Church services. There was always an

    interpreter present even when the German Pardré held forth.

    The other used to bring the letters round - he was inclined to

    be much too friendly. It was bad enough these creatures 

    reading ones letters without their discussing ones private

    affairs.

    A railway siding to the main line ran on the East side

    of our enclosure. It often gave us side lights on the

    war. On an an average a hospital train would be shunted 

    twice a week but when things were lively on some front 

    two might be seen a day. There were train loads of 

    sledges for use on the East front - parts of light railway.

    Many & many machine guns - field cookers - and at times 

    heavy guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock

    seemed to come from all over the place with a large

    proportion from Belgium. Open trucks were as a rule

    rare. A little single line ran along the bank of the  

    Elbe an offshoot from this siding. The bank here

    being made into warfes for barges to unship their

    cargoes. What sort of trade they were carrying on I

    do not know. The Elbe has a strong current &

    they pull themselves up by a kind of endless chain.

    Each barge has a dog on board. The noise of this

    chain in use we could hear at the citadel but did

    not then know what it was.

    Aeroplanes were at times overhead. There was a hawk

    which caused us some interest. He had become quite


  • June 27, 2017 13:32:01 Frank Drauschke (F&F)

    45.

    At holiday times the  censoring was bad but judging by other camps

    I have been in, then was little  really of which to complain.

    one of the censers  has lernt his  English in America. He had usually

    the job of attending Church services. Then was always an

    interpreter present  even when the German Pardré  held  forth.

    The other used to bring the letters  round - he was  inclined to

    be much too friendly. It was bad enough these creatures 

    reading ones letters without their discusing ones private

    affairs.

    A railway siding to the main line ran on the East side

    of our enclosure. It often gave us side lights on the

    war. On an a  average a hospital train would be shunted 

    twice a week but when things  were lively on some front 

    two  might be seen a day. There were train loads of 

    sledges for use on the East front - parts of light railway.

    Many & many machine guns - field cookers - and at  times 

    heavy guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock

    seemed to come from all over the place with a large

    proportion from Belgium. Open trucks were as a rule

    rare. A little single line  ran along the bank of the  

    Elbe an offshoot  from this siding. The bank here

    being made into  warfes  for barges to unship their

    cargoes . What sort of trade they were carrying on I

    do not know. The Elbe has a strong current &

    they pull themselves up by a kind of endless chain.

    Each barge has a dog on board. The noise of this

    chain in use we could hear at the citadel but did

    not then know what it was.

    Aeroplanes were at times overhead. There was a book   

    which caused us some interest. He had become quite



  • June 22, 2017 17:31:13 Sami Rustom

    45.

    At holiday times the  censoring was bad but judging by other   caples 

    I have been in ,there was little  really of which to complain.

    one of the censers  has lernt his  english  in america. He had usually

    the job of attending Church services. Then was always an

    interpreter present  even when the german Pardré  held  forth.

    The other used to bring the letters  round - he was  inclined to

    be much too friendly. It was bad enough these creatures 

    reading ones letters without their discusing ones private

    affairs.

    A railway siding to the main line ran on the East side

    of our enclosure. It often gave us side lights on the

    war. On an a  average a hospital train would be shunted 

    twice a week but when things  were lively on some front 

    two  might be seen a day. There were train loads of 

    sledges for use on the east front - parts of light railway.

    Many & many machine guns - field  wokers  - and at  times 

    heavy guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock

    seemed to come from all over the place with a large

    proportion from Belgian  um written above an. Open tracks were as a rule

    rare. A little single line  ran along the bank of the  

    Elbe an  offshoot  from this siding. The bank here

    being made into  warfes  for barges to unship their

    cargoes . What sort of trade they were carrying on I

    do not know. The Elbe has a strong current &

    they pull themselves up by a kind of endless chain.

    Each barge has a dog on board. the noise of this

    chain in use we could hear at the citadel but did

    not then know what it was.

    Aeroplanes were at times overhead. There was a book   

    which caused us some interest. He had become quite



  • June 22, 2017 17:25:19 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday times the  censoring was bad but judging by other   caples 

    I have been in ,there was little  really of which to complain.

    one of the  censers  has lernt his  english  in america. He had usually

    the job of attending Church services . Then was always an

    interpreter  present  even when the german Pardré  held  forth.

    The other used to bring the letters  round  - he was  inclined to

    be much too friendly. It was bad enough these creatures 

    reading ones letters without their discusing ones private

    affairs.

    A railway siding to the main line ran on the East side

    of our enclosure . It often gave us side lights on the

    war. On an a  average a hospital train would be shunted 

    twice a week but when things  were lively on some front 

    two  might be seen a day. There were train loads of 

    sledges for use on the east front - parts of light railway.

    Many & many machine guns - field  wokers  - and at  times 

    heavy guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock

    seemed to come from all over the place with a large

    proportion from Belgian  um written above an . Open tracks were as a rule

    rare. A little single line  ran along the bank of the  

    Elbe an  offshoot  from this siding. The bank here

    being made into  warfes  for barges to unship their

    cargoes . What sort of trade they were carrying on I

    do not know. The Elbe has a strong current &

    they pull themselves up by a kind of endless chain.

    Each barge has a dog on board. the noise of this

    chain in use we could hear at the citadel but did

    not then know what it was.

    Aeroplanes were at times overhead. There was a book   

    which caused us some interest. He had become quite



  • June 22, 2017 17:23:40 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday times the  censoring was bad but judging by other   caples 

    I have been in ,there was little  really of which to complain .

    one of the  censers  has lernt his  english  in america. He had usually

    the job of attending Church services . Then was always an

    interpreter  present  even when the german Pardré  held  forth .

    The other used to bring the letters  round  - he was  inclined to

    be much too friendly. It was bad enough these creatures 

    reading ones letters without their discusing ones private

    affairs.

    A railway siding to the main line ran on the East side

    of our enclosure . It often gave us side lights on the

    war. On an a  average a hospital train would be shunted 

    twice a week but when things  were lively on some front 

    two  might be seen a day. There were train loads of 

    sledges for use on the east front - parts of light railway.

    Many & many machine guns - field  wokers  - and at  times 

    heavy guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock

    seemed to come from all over the place with a large

    proportion from Belgian  um written above an . Open tracks were as a rule

    rare. A little single line  ran along the bank of the  

    Elbe an  offshoot  from this siding. The bank here

    being made into  warfes  for barges to unship their

    cargoes . What sort of trade they were carrying on I

    do not know. The Elbe has a strong current &

    they pull themselves up by a kind of endless chain.

    Each barge has a dog on board. the noise of this

    chain in use we could hear at the citadel but did

    not then know what it was.

    Aeroplanes were at times overhead. There was a book   

    which caused us some interest. He had became quite



  • June 22, 2017 17:02:17 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday times the  censoring was bad but judging by other  caples 

    I have been in ,there was little  really of which to complain .

    one of the  censers  has lernt his  english  in america. He had usually

    the job of attending Church services . Then was always an

    interpreter  present  even when the german   Pardri  held  forth .

    The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  in  clamed  to

    be much for  freindly . He was bad enough  then lese  cratures 

    reading ones letters without their Disarming  ones  private

    affairs.

    A railway aiding to the main line   ran on the East side

    of our  enchasm . It often gave us side lights on the

    war. On an a  veray  a hospistal train would be  lunted 

    twice a week but when  Huings  was lively on some  prant 

    two  wight  be seen a day. Then were train loads of 

    shoses for un on the  east front - parts of light railway.

    Many & many machine guns- field  wokers  - and at  times 

    heavy  guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock seemed to come from all over the place with a large propartion from Berlgium. Open tracks were as a rule rare. a little skngle  time  ran along the  bank of the  llr  an  offhovt  from this riding. The bank here being made into  warfes   for bargis to unslip their carcors . What ant of trade they were carrying on I do not know. The ellr has a strong accent & they pull them  else  up by a kind of endless  chain  un an we could hear at the  eitadcl  but did not then know what it was.

    aerophanes were at fmies overhead. Then was  book   which sound as some interest. He had became quite



  • June 22, 2017 16:39:25 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum  has lernt his  glieh  in america. He had usually the job of attending  umrch   services . Then was always an interprenter  precent  even when the german  parti held  forth . The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  inclamed  to be much for  prcindly . He was bad enough  then cratures reading ones letters without their Disarming  ones  private affairs.

    A reailway aiding to the main line ran on the East side of our  enchasm . It often gave us side lights on the war. On an a  veray  a hospistal train would be  lunted  twice a week but when  Huinps  was lively on some  prant  two  wight  be seen a day. Then was train loads of  shoses  berun  on the  rant  front - parts of light railway. Many a many machine guns- field workers - and at  times  heavy  guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock seemed to come from all over the place with a large propartion from Berlgium. Open tracks were as a rule rare. a little skngle  time  ran along the  bank of the  llr  an  offhovt  from this riding. The bank here being made into  warfes   for bargis to unslip their carcors . What ant of trade they were carrying on I do not know. The ellr has a strong accent & they pull them  else  up by a kind of endless  chain  un an we could hear at the  eitadcl  but did not then know what it was.

    aerophanes were at fmies overhead. Then was  book   which sound as some interest. He had became quite



  • June 22, 2017 16:29:44 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum  has lernt his  glieh  in america. He had usually the job of attending  umrch   services . Then was always an interprenter  precent  even when the german  parti held  forth . The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  inclamed  to be much for  prcindly . He was bad enough  then cratures reading ones letters without their Disarming  ones  private affairs.

    A reailway aiding to the main line ran on the East side of our  enchasm . It often gave us side lights on the war. On an a  veray  a hospistal train would be  lunted  twice a week but when  Huinps  was lively on some  prant  two  wight  be seen a day. Then was train loads of  shoses  berun  on the  rant  front - parts of light railway. Many a many machine guns- field workers - and at  times  heavy  guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock seemed to come from all over the place with a large propartion from Berlgium. Open tracks were as a rule rare. a little skngle  time  ran along the  bank  of the  llr  an  offhovt  from this riding. The bank here being made into  warfes   for bargis to unslip their carcors . What ant of trade  the


  • June 22, 2017 16:28:55 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum  has lernt his  glieh  in america. He had usually the job of attending  umrch   services . Then was always an interprenter  precent  even when the german  parti held  forth . The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  inclamed  to be much for  prcindly . He was bad enough  then cratures reading ones letters without their Disarming  ones  private affairs.

    A reailway aiding to the main line ran on the East side of our  enchasm . It often gave us side lights on the war. On an a  veray  a hospistal train would be  lunted  twice a week but when  Huinps  was lively on some  prant  two  wight  be seen a day. Then was train loads of  shoses  berun  on the  rant  front - parts of light railway. Many a many machine guns- field workers - and at  times  heavy  guns - ammunition wagons - The rolling stock seemed to come from all over the place with a large propartion from Berlgium. Open tracks were as a rule rare. a little skngle  time  ran along the  bank  of the  llr  an  offhovt  from this riding. The bank here being made into  warfes   for bargis to unslip their carcors . What ant of trade


  • June 22, 2017 16:23:52 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum  has lernt his  glieh  in america. He had usually the job of attending  umrch   services . Then was always an interprenter  precent  even when the german  parti held  forth . The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  inclamed  to be much for  prcindly . He was bad enough  then cratures reading ones letters without their Disarming  ones  private affairs.

    A reailway aiding to the main line ran on the East side of our  enchasm . It often gave us side lights on the war. On an a  veray  a hospistal train would be  lunted  twice a week but when  Huinps  was lively on some  prant  two  wight  be seen a day. Then was train loads of  shoses  berun  on the  rant  front - parts of light railway. Many a many machine guns- field workers - and at  times  heavy  guns - ammunition wagons


  • June 22, 2017 16:17:13 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum  has lernt his  glieh  in america. He had usually the job of attending  umrch   services . Then was always an interprenter  precent  even when the german  parti held  forth . The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  inclamed  to be much for  prcindly . He was bad enough then cratures reading ones letters without their  Disaming  privale affaim.

    A reailway aiding to the main line ran on the East side of our  enchasm . It often gave us side lights on the war. On an a  veray  a hospistal train would be  lunted  twice a week but when  Huinps  was lively on some  prant  two  wight  be seen a day. Then was train loads of  shoses  berun  on the  rant  front - parts of light railway. Many a many machine guns- field workers - and at  times  heavy  guns - anmmunition wagons


  • June 22, 2017 16:13:00 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum  has lernt his  glieh  in america. He had usually the job of attending  umrch   services . Then was always an interprenter  precent  even when the german  parti held  forth . The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  inclamed  to be much for  prcindly . He was bad enough then cratures reading ones letters without their  Disaming  privale affaim.

    A reailway aiding to the main line ran on the East side of our  enchasm . It often gave us side lights on the war. On an a  veray  a hospistal train would be  lunted  twice a week but when  Huinps  was lively on some  prant  two  wight  be seen a day. Then was train loads of  shoses  berun  on the  rant  front -


  • June 22, 2017 16:08:17 Sami Rustom

    45.

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum  has lernt his  glieh  in america. He had usually the job of attending  umrch   services . Then was always an interprenter  precent  even when the german  parti held  forth . The other used to bring the letters  around  - he was  inclamed  to be much for  prcindly . He was bad enough then cratures reading ones letters without their  Disaming  privale affaim.

     


  • June 22, 2017 15:58:22 Sami Rustom

    at holiday time the  censcring  was bad but  jeuging  by other couples I have been in  hum was little vally of which to complain. One of the  ceum


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    Belgium

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    Magdeburg

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    Magdeburg, banks of river Elbe

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  • Additional document location Magdeburg, banks of river Elbe


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  • English

  • Western Front

  • Belgium
  • Prisoners of War
  • Train journey
  • USA



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