POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 115

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56.

If any one did an escape. The rest of the camp was punished.

One of their punishments was no walks for a fortnight.

During the summer of 16 the Russian officers were allowed

out walking once a walk under a guard & similarly the

orderlies . But all walks except for the English ceased at

the end of the summer.

Then was a French Carpenter who was always employed at his

job by the Germans. He did use a good turn of which more

anon. A Russian gardener  the rest of the words in this line were inserted later whom I have mentioned

before

When we first came to the camp two French officers made

an escape. It was an obvious way to go. I had no

kit or I would have tried it. They found themselves at

dawn one day near the targets of a field firing range

which was being used & were caught. This was near

Hanover. They brought back however some useful inform-

ation. superscript a An escaped officer camp is always changed, but

the German's always let them out for about 24 hours be-

fore they leave, so even if one had no other methods of

obtaining information they provided one.

The winter of 1915 & the spring of 1916 I spent in making

prepration for a bolt. I and an other officer with the help

of a very sound French mathematican constructed a

collapsable boat which weighted about 10 lbs & would carry

both of us. Naval officers who afterwards saw it said

it was quite sound. I procured myself a suit of

mufti. This was not very hard in 1915. It was a fine

tourists Kit - but I found I could not get a hat.

varrious people such as the carpenter were allowed in

the tower on their own - but it was verboden for

them to buy Homburg hat.

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56.

If any one did an escape. The rest of the camp was punished.

One of their punishments was no walks for a fortnight.

During the summer of 16 the Russian officers were allowed

out walking once a walk under a guard & similarly the

orderlies . But all walks except for the English ceased at

the end of the summer.

Then was a French Carpenter who was always employed at his

job by the Germans. He did use a good turn of which more

anon. A Russian gardener  the rest of the words in this line were inserted later whom I have mentioned

before

When we first came to the camp two French officers made

an escape. It was an obvious way to go. I had no

kit or I would have tried it. They found themselves at

dawn one day near the targets of a field firing range

which was being used & were caught. This was near

Hanover. They brought back however some useful inform-

ation. superscript a An escaped officer camp is always changed, but

the German's always let them out for about 24 hours be-

fore they leave, so even if one had no other methods of

obtaining information they provided one.

The winter of 1915 & the spring of 1916 I spent in making

prepration for a bolt. I and an other officer with the help

of a very sound French mathematican constructed a

collapsable boat which weighted about 10 lbs & would carry

both of us. Naval officers who afterwards saw it said

it was quite sound. I procured myself a suit of

mufti. This was not very hard in 1915. It was a fine

tourists Kit - but I found I could not get a hat.

varrious people such as the carpenter were allowed in

the tower on their own - but it was verboden for

them to buy Homburg hat.


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  • June 23, 2017 14:20:13 Sami Rustom

    56.

    If any one did an escape. The rest of the camp was punished.

    One of their punishments was no walks for a fortnight.

    During the summer of 16 the Russian officers were allowed

    out walking once a walk under a guard & similarly the

    orderlies . But all walks except for the English ceased at

    the end of the summer.

    Then was a French Carpenter who was always employed at his

    job by the Germans. He did use a good turn of which more

    anon. A Russian gardener  the rest of the words in this line were inserted later whom I have mentioned

    before

    When we first came to the camp two French officers made

    an escape. It was an obvious way to go. I had no

    kit or I would have tried it. They found themselves at

    dawn one day near the targets of a field firing range

    which was being used & were caught. This was near

    Hanover. They brought back however some useful inform-

    ation. superscript a An escaped officer camp is always changed, but

    the German's always let them out for about 24 hours be-

    fore they leave, so even if one had no other methods of

    obtaining information they provided one.

    The winter of 1915 & the spring of 1916 I spent in making

    prepration for a bolt. I and an other officer with the help

    of a very sound French mathematican constructed a

    collapsable boat which weighted about 10 lbs & would carry

    both of us. Naval officers who afterwards saw it said

    it was quite sound. I procured myself a suit of

    mufti. This was not very hard in 1915. It was a fine

    tourists Kit - but I found I could not get a hat.

    varrious people such as the carpenter were allowed in

    the tower on their own - but it was verboden for

    them to buy Homburg hat.


  • June 23, 2017 14:19:35 Sami Rustom

    56.

    If any one did an escape. The rest of the camp was punished.

    One of their punishments was no walks for a fortnight.

    During the summer of 16 the Russian officers were allowed

    out walking once a walk under a guard & similarly the

    orderlies . But all walks except for the English ceased at

    the end of the summer.

    Then was a French Carpenter who was always employed at his

    job by the Germans. He did use a good turn of which more

    anon. A Russian gardener  the rest of the words in this line were inserted later whom I have mentioned

    before

    When we first came to the camp two French officers made

    an escape. It was an obvious way to go. I had no

    kit or I would have tried it. They found themselves at

    dawn one day near the targets of a field firing range

    which was being used & were caught. This was near

    Hanover. They brought back however some useful inform-

    ation. superscript a An escaped officer camp is always changed, but

    the German's always let them out for about 24 hours be-

    fore they leave, so even if one had no other methods of

    obtaining information they provided one.

    The winter of 1915 & the spring of 1916 I spent in making

    prepration for a bolt. I and an other officer with the help

    of a very sound French mathematican constructed a

    collapsable boat which weighted about 10 lbs & would carry

    both of us. Naval officers who afterwards saw it said

    it was quite sound. I procured myself a suit of

    mufti. This was not very hard in 1915. It was a fine

    tourists Kit - but I found I could not get a hat.

    varrious people such as the carpenter were allowed in

    the tower on their own - but it was verboden for

    them to buy H... hat.


  • June 23, 2017 13:43:59 Sami Rustom

    56.

    If any one did an escape. The .. of the camp was ...

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    out walking once a walk under a guard & ...ilarly the

    ... . But all walks except for the English ... at

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    Then was a French carpentir who was always ... at his

    job by the Germans. He did use a good turn fo which more

    .... . A Russian gard... whom I have mentioned before.

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    down one day near the ... of a fi... firing ...

    which was being used & were caught. This was near

    However. They brought back ... some useful inform-

    ation & an escaped officer camp is always changed, but

    the German always let them out for about 26 hours be-

    fore they hear, .. even if one had no other methods of

    obtaining information they ... one.

    The winter of 1915 & the spring of 1916 I spent in making

    prepration for a ... . I and an other officer with the help

    of a very ... French mathematican constructed a

    .... boat which weighted about 10 .. & would carry

    both of us. Normal officers who afterwards saw it said

    it was quite ... I ...ed any .. a .. of

    ... . This was not very hard in 1915. It was a time

    .... Kit - but I found I would not get a hat.

    ... people ... as the carpentir were allowed in

    the towjn on their own - but it was ... for

    them to buy H... hat.


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