POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 111

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                                                                              54

We used to walk with the French . so even here it was impossible

to escape the French language. At first the commandants idea

was to walk to some Hotel in the woods, there get tea

or drink.  Stay an hour or so & then on. This he consid-

-ered would be good for trade. The General however absolutely

vetoed this. When I joined the walks it was "strong

verboden". This meant that the commandant used to

leave us while he went & refreshed the wiser man

Caiper did not take us out as it was the rule that a

commissioned officer must accompany the party. Soon a selection

of lieutenants were sent to do this job- then the commandant

did not appear. We also went longer walks sometimes

as much as 4 hours. Some of the lieutenants kept to

the strict letter of the law- others, weaker, fell & in the

middle of the summer I did once or twice taste beer at

a local pub. These walks were 



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                                                                              54

We used to walk with the French . so even here it was impossible

to escape the French language. At first the commandants idea

was to walk to some Hotel in the woods, there get tea

or drink.  Stay an hour or so & then on. This he consid-

-ered would be good for trade. The General however absolutely

vetoed this. When I joined the walks it was "strong

verboden". This meant that the commandant used to

leave us while he went & refreshed the wiser man

Caiper did not take us out as it was the rule that a

commissioned officer must accompany the party. Soon a selection

of lieutenants were sent to do this job- then the commandant

did not appear. We also went longer walks sometimes

as much as 4 hours. Some of the lieutenants kept to

the strict letter of the law- others, weaker, fell & in the

middle of the summer I did once or twice taste beer at

a local pub. These walks were 




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  • June 22, 2017 21:31:39 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                  54

    We used to walk with the French . so even here it was impossible

    to escape the French language. At first the commandants idea

    was to walk to some Hotel in the woods, there get tea

    or drink.  Stay an hour or so & then on. This he consid-

    -ered would be good for trade. The General however absolutely

    vetoed this. When I joined the walks it was "strong

    verboden". This meant that the commandant used to

    leave us while he went & refreshed the wiser man

    Caiper did not take us out as it was the rule that a

    commissioned officer must accompany the party. Soon a selection

    of lieutenants were sent to do this job- then the commandant

    did not appear. We also went longer walks sometimes

    as much as 4 hours. Some of the lieutenants kept to

    the strict letter of the law- others, weaker, fell & in the

    middle of the summer I did once or twice taste beer at

    a local pub. These walks were 




  • June 22, 2017 21:26:28 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                  54

    We used to walk with the French . so even here it was impossible

    to escape the French language. At first the commandants idea

    was to walk to some Hotel in the woods, there get tea

    or drink.  Stay an hour or so & then on. This he consid-

    -ered would be good for trade. The General however absolutely



  • June 22, 2017 21:20:38 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                  54

    We used to walk with the French . so even here


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