POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 154

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                             68.

Now from my study of the German sentry. I should have put the

man on this part as the most consiencious of the guard. X The

ladder was fixed al [insert] all [/insert] right to the wire at the top but when

the officer began to put his weight on it the trouble began

Viz a terrific noise. "Damn it I'm going" he said - &

making much noise he clamberd up the fence. In the 

mean time the sentry was not to be put off. He dashed

up blowing his whistle. -But the officer was over &

his companion managed in the confusion to sneak back

to the house unobserved & was mixed with the Cinema

crowd when the lights went up/

The escaped officer got clean away. He was caught near

Brunswick ; it had rained every day that he was out

He came back looking rather a wreck, but of course

with a certain amount of information. As to the rest

in this drama- The officer who had held the sentry in

talk was shortly sent away to another camp, this may

have been a co-incidence, as to disclose this fact the

sentry would have given himself away. The sentry for

not firing was given a dose of imprisonment in the

pit stye & then sent to the front.

A conversation between the 3 sentries who came to collect

the officers kit was edifying. Said No.1 Had I been on

guard the officer would have been a corpse. But No. 22

I did not agree. All they would have done would have been

to have fired their rifles. (A)

As a sequel to this event the officer in question was sent

to another camp. And here we have an example of

German methods. - On his departure he was given the rucksak

which he used & in it was his civilian clothes.


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                             68.

Now from my study of the German sentry. I should have put the

man on this part as the most consiencious of the guard. X The

ladder was fixed al [insert] all [/insert] right to the wire at the top but when

the officer began to put his weight on it the trouble began

Viz a terrific noise. "Damn it I'm going" he said - &

making much noise he clamberd up the fence. In the 

mean time the sentry was not to be put off. He dashed

up blowing his whistle. -But the officer was over &

his companion managed in the confusion to sneak back

to the house unobserved & was mixed with the Cinema

crowd when the lights went up/

The escaped officer got clean away. He was caught near

Brunswick ; it had rained every day that he was out

He came back looking rather a wreck, but of course

with a certain amount of information. As to the rest

in this drama- The officer who had held the sentry in

talk was shortly sent away to another camp, this may

have been a co-incidence, as to disclose this fact the

sentry would have given himself away. The sentry for

not firing was given a dose of imprisonment in the

pit stye & then sent to the front.

A conversation between the 3 sentries who came to collect

the officers kit was edifying. Said No.1 Had I been on

guard the officer would have been a corpse. But No. 22

I did not agree. All they would have done would have been

to have fired their rifles. (A)

As a sequel to this event the officer in question was sent

to another camp. And here we have an example of

German methods. - On his departure he was given the rucksak

which he used & in it was his civilian clothes.



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  • June 26, 2017 22:49:35 Annick Rodriguez

                                 68.

    Now from my study of the German sentry. I should have put the

    man on this part as the most consiencious of the guard. X The

    ladder was fixed al [insert] all [/insert] right to the wire at the top but when

    the officer began to put his weight on it the trouble began

    Viz a terrific noise. "Damn it I'm going" he said - &

    making much noise he clamberd up the fence. In the 

    mean time the sentry was not to be put off. He dashed

    up blowing his whistle. -But the officer was over &

    his companion managed in the confusion to sneak back

    to the house unobserved & was mixed with the Cinema

    crowd when the lights went up/

    The escaped officer got clean away. He was caught near

    Brunswick ; it had rained every day that he was out

    He came back looking rather a wreck, but of course

    with a certain amount of information. As to the rest

    in this drama- The officer who had held the sentry in

    talk was shortly sent away to another camp, this may

    have been a co-incidence, as to disclose this fact the

    sentry would have given himself away. The sentry for

    not firing was given a dose of imprisonment in the

    pit stye & then sent to the front.

    A conversation between the 3 sentries who came to collect

    the officers kit was edifying. Said No.1 Had I been on

    guard the officer would have been a corpse. But No. 22

    I did not agree. All they would have done would have been

    to have fired their rifles. (A)

    As a sequel to this event the officer in question was sent

    to another camp. And here we have an example of

    German methods. - On his departure he was given the rucksak

    which he used & in it was his civilian clothes.


  • June 26, 2017 21:17:46 Annick Rodriguez

                                 68.


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