POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 126

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 ... Page 61 of the diary


well as any one I have ever seen. When the moon was full

his ideas turned English  four words written above the words "his ideas turned English. They are "for some weakness reason"  - & he would buttonhole any British

officer who was weak enough to be caught & deliver a

lecture, [insert]perhaps[/insert], on our national weaknesses. For example he would

say if a Russian wished to say anything about himself

he would use a very very small i but we would employ an

I the size of half a page. O

We constructed a tennis court in our new field. It was

very hard work as the German who engineered the thing idea

would insisted on having it dug out of the side of a hill & the country

ground is shale.  After the first foot or so it was all pick

work.  One fact struck me and that was there was nothing

like the keenness to work that there had been at Magdeburg.

The weather was much cooler, but, imprisonment tells.  It

was finally finished with the aid of a fatigue party of

Russian Prisoners.  Then came trouble about the posts &

wiring.   We wished to use fir posts which were produced

locally & thin wire netting - the cheapest form.  The

commandant wanted iron posts & thick wire netting such

as was used for the camp.  Also he said we could not

put it up ourselves as it would be unsightly & badly

done.  I do not know how this would have ended for 

neither would give way & it looked as if the court would

be dropped, but the General paid a visit.  We carried our

point & the commandant washed his hand of the affair.

But we paid through the nose for the gravel stuff

we used employed to make a foundation & the roller.

Ultimately the court was got a going [insert]concern[/insert] & on fine days

was in use all day.  At the end of the season we

had a succession of tournaments.  In the doubles I


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 ... Page 61 of the diary


well as any one I have ever seen. When the moon was full

his ideas turned English  four words written above the words "his ideas turned English. They are "for some weakness reason"  - & he would buttonhole any British

officer who was weak enough to be caught & deliver a

lecture, [insert]perhaps[/insert], on our national weaknesses. For example he would

say if a Russian wished to say anything about himself

he would use a very very small i but we would employ an

I the size of half a page. O

We constructed a tennis court in our new field. It was

very hard work as the German who engineered the thing idea

would insisted on having it dug out of the side of a hill & the country

ground is shale.  After the first foot or so it was all pick

work.  One fact struck me and that was there was nothing

like the keenness to work that there had been at Magdeburg.

The weather was much cooler, but, imprisonment tells.  It

was finally finished with the aid of a fatigue party of

Russian Prisoners.  Then came trouble about the posts &

wiring.   We wished to use fir posts which were produced

locally & thin wire netting - the cheapest form.  The

commandant wanted iron posts & thick wire netting such

as was used for the camp.  Also he said we could not

put it up ourselves as it would be unsightly & badly

done.  I do not know how this would have ended for 

neither would give way & it looked as if the court would

be dropped, but the General paid a visit.  We carried our

point & the commandant washed his hand of the affair.

But we paid through the nose for the gravel stuff

we used employed to make a foundation & the roller.

Ultimately the court was got a going [insert]concern[/insert] & on fine days

was in use all day.  At the end of the season we

had a succession of tournaments.  In the doubles I



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  • November 19, 2017 00:54:59 Paivi Tenhunen

     ... Page 61 of the diary


    well as any one I have ever seen. When the moon was full

    his ideas turned English  four words written above the words "his ideas turned English. They are "for some weakness reason"  - & he would buttonhole any British

    officer who was weak enough to be caught & deliver a

    lecture, [insert]perhaps[/insert], on our national weaknesses. For example he would

    say if a Russian wished to say anything about himself

    he would use a very very small i but we would employ an

    I the size of half a page. O

    We constructed a tennis court in our new field. It was

    very hard work as the German who engineered the thing idea

    would insisted on having it dug out of the side of a hill & the country

    ground is shale.  After the first foot or so it was all pick

    work.  One fact struck me and that was there was nothing

    like the keenness to work that there had been at Magdeburg.

    The weather was much cooler, but, imprisonment tells.  It

    was finally finished with the aid of a fatigue party of

    Russian Prisoners.  Then came trouble about the posts &

    wiring.   We wished to use fir posts which were produced

    locally & thin wire netting - the cheapest form.  The

    commandant wanted iron posts & thick wire netting such

    as was used for the camp.  Also he said we could not

    put it up ourselves as it would be unsightly & badly

    done.  I do not know how this would have ended for 

    neither would give way & it looked as if the court would

    be dropped, but the General paid a visit.  We carried our

    point & the commandant washed his hand of the affair.

    But we paid through the nose for the gravel stuff

    we used employed to make a foundation & the roller.

    Ultimately the court was got a going [insert]concern[/insert] & on fine days

    was in use all day.  At the end of the season we

    had a succession of tournaments.  In the doubles I



  • June 23, 2017 16:08:20 Sami Rustom

    well as any one I have ever seen. When the moon was full

    his ideas turned English  four words written above the words "his ideas turned English. They are "for some weakness reason"  - & he would bottom hole any British

    officer who was weak enough to be caught & deliver a

    ...  ... , on our national weakness. For example he would

    say if a Russian  ...  to say anything about himself

    I  ...  ...  of half a page. O

    We  ...  ...  a  ...  court in our new field. It was

    very hard work as the German who  ...  the  ...  The word "idea" is written above unclear word



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