POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 160

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73.  ... top right of page


Once you could get into the drain, which was boarded over.


 ... vertical line on left hand margin with  ... ly 4'


There was plenty of room to get along it unseen. The main difficulty was

Hindenburg as finally a string of people would walk out

under his nose. As a matter of fact when the tunnel was

nearing completion, Hindenburg knew of it. I think he

thought there was an enormous rat at work. Any way when he

was let loose he dashed to the spot in the drain where the

mouth would have ultimately have been & began to tear at

the boards & dig. It was real fine to see the sentry

violently kicking him for destroying Kaiserlich  ... German word for imperial property. It

took two doses of kicking this treatment before he gave it up. We started

work early in August by cutting a hole in the floor of

the English Room in the Hut. This was hidden in the

room by a mat which I had constructed during the winter

Underneath we hid our artistic talents. I will say they it

was good did us credit. New workmen on the job could never

find their way back alone. The trap door was so well camoflaged. In the end the Germans

searched for a trap door, and found two but not the

right one. The shaft of the tunnel was nearly the length

of the building from the way down. This also defeated

the enemy. Underneath the hub where we were working, there was about a 2' space between

the floor & the earth. The Germans had 3 doors by

which they could go in under the building. These

they used by night. It was quite easy for us to tell

when any door had been lifted. We worked every day,

& all day by reliefs, & then covered up the mouth

of the shaft with boards on these earth so that it

was exactly like the surrounding ground. We also

laid many traps to see if things were found out. At

first it would have been very hard to discover but

by & bye the stuff out of the mine got beyond all



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73.  ... top right of page


Once you could get into the drain, which was boarded over.


 ... vertical line on left hand margin with  ... ly 4'


There was plenty of room to get along it unseen. The main difficulty was

Hindenburg as finally a string of people would walk out

under his nose. As a matter of fact when the tunnel was

nearing completion, Hindenburg knew of it. I think he

thought there was an enormous rat at work. Any way when he

was let loose he dashed to the spot in the drain where the

mouth would have ultimately have been & began to tear at

the boards & dig. It was real fine to see the sentry

violently kicking him for destroying Kaiserlich  ... German word for imperial property. It

took two doses of kicking this treatment before he gave it up. We started

work early in August by cutting a hole in the floor of

the English Room in the Hut. This was hidden in the

room by a mat which I had constructed during the winter

Underneath we hid our artistic talents. I will say they it

was good did us credit. New workmen on the job could never

find their way back alone. The trap door was so well camoflaged. In the end the Germans

searched for a trap door, and found two but not the

right one. The shaft of the tunnel was nearly the length

of the building from the way down. This also defeated

the enemy. Underneath the hub where we were working, there was about a 2' space between

the floor & the earth. The Germans had 3 doors by

which they could go in under the building. These

they used by night. It was quite easy for us to tell

when any door had been lifted. We worked every day,

& all day by reliefs, & then covered up the mouth

of the shaft with boards on these earth so that it

was exactly like the surrounding ground. We also

laid many traps to see if things were found out. At

first it would have been very hard to discover but

by & bye the stuff out of the mine got beyond all




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  • November 19, 2017 02:55:14 Paivi Tenhunen

    73.  ... top right of page


    Once you could get into the drain, which was boarded over.


     ... vertical line on left hand margin with  ... ly 4'


    There was plenty of room to get along it unseen. The main difficulty was

    Hindenburg as finally a string of people would walk out

    under his nose. As a matter of fact when the tunnel was

    nearing completion, Hindenburg knew of it. I think he

    thought there was an enormous rat at work. Any way when he

    was let loose he dashed to the spot in the drain where the

    mouth would have ultimately have been & began to tear at

    the boards & dig. It was real fine to see the sentry

    violently kicking him for destroying Kaiserlich  ... German word for imperial property. It

    took two doses of kicking this treatment before he gave it up. We started

    work early in August by cutting a hole in the floor of

    the English Room in the Hut. This was hidden in the

    room by a mat which I had constructed during the winter

    Underneath we hid our artistic talents. I will say they it

    was good did us credit. New workmen on the job could never

    find their way back alone. The trap door was so well camoflaged. In the end the Germans

    searched for a trap door, and found two but not the

    right one. The shaft of the tunnel was nearly the length

    of the building from the way down. This also defeated

    the enemy. Underneath the hub where we were working, there was about a 2' space between

    the floor & the earth. The Germans had 3 doors by

    which they could go in under the building. These

    they used by night. It was quite easy for us to tell

    when any door had been lifted. We worked every day,

    & all day by reliefs, & then covered up the mouth

    of the shaft with boards on these earth so that it

    was exactly like the surrounding ground. We also

    laid many traps to see if things were found out. At

    first it would have been very hard to discover but

    by & bye the stuff out of the mine got beyond all




  • July 7, 2017 04:04:29 Denise Ravenhill

    73.  ... top right of page


    Once you could get into the drain, which was boarded over.


     ... vertical line on left hand margin with  ... ly 4'


    There was plenty of room to get along it unseen. The main difficulty was

    Hindenburg as finally a string of people would walk out

    under his nose. As a matter of fact when the tunnel was

    nearing completion, Hindenburg knew of it. I think he

    thought there was an enormous rat at work. Any way when he

    was let loose he dashed to the spot in the drain where the

    mouth would have ultimately have been & began to tear at

    the boards & dig. It was real fine to see the sentry

    violently kicking him for destroying Kaiserlich  ... German word for imperial property. It

    took two  dons of kicking this treatment before he gave it up. We started

    work early in August by cutting a hole in the floor of

    the English Room in the Hut. This was hidden in the

    room by a mat which I had constructed during the winter

    Underneath we hid our artistic talents. I will say they it

    was good did us credit. New workmen on the job could never

    find their way back alone. The trap door was so well camoflaged. In the end the Germans

    searched for a trap door, and found two but not the

    right one. The shaft of the tunnel was nearly the length

    of the building from the way down. This also defeated

    the enemy. Underneath the hub where we were working, there was about a 2' space between

    the floor & the earth. The Germans had 3 doors by

    which they could go in under the building. These

    they used by night. It was quite easy for us to tell

    when any door had been lifted. We worked every day,

    & all day by reliefs, & then covered up the mouth

    of the shaft with boards on these earth so that it

    was exactly like the surrounding ground. We also

    laid many traps to see if things were found out. At

    first it would have been very hard to discover but

    by & bye the stuff out of the mine got beyond all




  • July 7, 2017 03:56:57 Denise Ravenhill

    73.  ... top right of page


    Once you could get into the drain, which was boarded over.


    There was plenty of room to get along it unseen. The main difficulty was

    Hindenburg as finally a string of people would walk out

    under his nose. As a matter of fact when the tunnel was

    nearing completion, Hindenburg knew of it. I think he

    thought there was an enormous rat at work. Any way when he

    was let loose he asked to the spot in the drain when the

    mouth would have ultimately have been & began to tear at

    the boards & dig. It was real fine to see the sentry

    violently kicking him for destroying Kaiserlich  ... German word for imperial property. It

    took two  dons of kicking this treatment before he gave it up. We started

    work early in August by cutting a hole in the floor of

    the English Room in the Hut. This was hidden in the

    room by a mat which I had constructed during the winter

    Underneath we hid our artistic talents. I will say it they

    was good did us credit. New workmen on the job could never

    find their way back alone. The trap door was so well camoflaged. In the end the Germans

    searched for a trap door, and found two but not the

    right one. The shaft of the runnel was nearly the length

    of the building from the way down. This also defeated

    the enemy. Underneath the hub where we were working, there was about a 2' space between

    the floor & the earth. The Germans had 3 doors by

    which they could go in under the building. These

    they used by night. It was quite easy for us to tell

    when any door had been lifted. We worked every day,

    & all day by reliefs, & then covered up the mouth

    of the shaft with boards on these earth so that it

    was exactly like the surrounding ground. We also

    laid many traps to see if things were found out. At

    first it would have been very hard to discover but

    by & bye the stuff out of the mine got beyond all




  • July 7, 2017 03:54:59 Denise Ravenhill

    73.  ... top right of page


    Once you could get into the drain, which was boarded over.


    There was plenty of room to get along it unseen. The main difficulty was

    Hindenburg as finally a string of people would walk out

    under his nose. As a matter of fact when the tunnel was

    nearing completion, Hindenburg knew of it. I think he

    thought there was an enormous rat at work. Any way when he

    was let loose he asked to the spot in the drain when the

    mouth would have ultimately have been & began to tear at

    the boards & dig. It was real fine to see the sentry

    violently kicking him for destroying Kaiserlich  ... German word for imperial property. It

    took two  dons of kicking this treatment before he gave it up. We started

    work early in August by cutting a hole in the floor of

    the English Room in the Hut. This was hidden in the

    room by a mat which I had constructed during the winter

    Underneath we hid our artistic talents. I will say it they

    was good did us credit. New workmen on the job could never

    find their way back alone. The trap door was so well camoflaged. In the end the Germans

    searched for a trap door, and found two but not the

    right one. The shaft of the runnel was nearly the length

    of the building from the way down. This also defeated

    the enemy. Underneath the hub where we were working, there was about a 2' space between

    the floor & the earth. The Germans had 3 doors by

    which they could go in under the building. These

    they used by night. It was quite easy for us to tell

    when any door had been lifted. We worked e




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