POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 161

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                                                                                                     74.

proportions & being a different colour to the ground we

knew would give us away if a German should investigate

far-But the distance he must go would certainly dirty

 ...inserted in a different coloured ink (a casual glance would convey nothing.)

his trousers.  The digging was very hard being shale mostly.

Nearly all crowbar work. We went right under the path

& always dreaded that the Russian General ^ would one

 ...inserted ^an enormous man of about 18 stone

day come through & bury the then navvy - We used

the bed boards provided by Government for boarding up.

But we met with one great difficulty, water.  After heavy

rain & there was a lot ^ the water from the ditch flooded

 ...inserted this autumn,

our works & no bailing was any use.  It was a case

of waiting till the tide fell.  We however knew to be

caught meant 2 yrs imprisonment.  We had an elaborate

spy system.  40 feet of work was required.  It was almost

finished when another flood came.  It was now 20th Sept.

Too late to carry out our scheme.  This being so, various

members elected to make a dash another way.  Use the

trap door cut the fence infront & out.  The fence was

cut by day as everyone but the Germans knew.  There was

however bad staff management.  The first man getting through

the fence found a German with his rifle pointed 2 yards

away.  He did the only thing possible bolted.  The Sentry fired and

missed.  Then Hindenburg & the rest of the pack were set

on the trail - but they ran in any direction but the right

one.  And severe kicking would not enlighten them as to

the role they ought to play.

Our tunnel now missed fire - & the Germans found it out

we knew the exact day.  Whether is was by searching how

the officer had got out of his room, or whether as

 Wederen  said they were told by a spy & never would


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                                                                                                     74.

proportions & being a different colour to the ground we

knew would give us away if a German should investigate

far-But the distance he must go would certainly dirty

 ...inserted in a different coloured ink (a casual glance would convey nothing.)

his trousers.  The digging was very hard being shale mostly.

Nearly all crowbar work. We went right under the path

& always dreaded that the Russian General ^ would one

 ...inserted ^an enormous man of about 18 stone

day come through & bury the then navvy - We used

the bed boards provided by Government for boarding up.

But we met with one great difficulty, water.  After heavy

rain & there was a lot ^ the water from the ditch flooded

 ...inserted this autumn,

our works & no bailing was any use.  It was a case

of waiting till the tide fell.  We however knew to be

caught meant 2 yrs imprisonment.  We had an elaborate

spy system.  40 feet of work was required.  It was almost

finished when another flood came.  It was now 20th Sept.

Too late to carry out our scheme.  This being so, various

members elected to make a dash another way.  Use the

trap door cut the fence infront & out.  The fence was

cut by day as everyone but the Germans knew.  There was

however bad staff management.  The first man getting through

the fence found a German with his rifle pointed 2 yards

away.  He did the only thing possible bolted.  The Sentry fired and

missed.  Then Hindenburg & the rest of the pack were set

on the trail - but they ran in any direction but the right

one.  And severe kicking would not enlighten them as to

the role they ought to play.

Our tunnel now missed fire - & the Germans found it out

we knew the exact day.  Whether is was by searching how

the officer had got out of his room, or whether as

 Wederen  said they were told by a spy & never would



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  • November 19, 2017 03:07:16 Paivi Tenhunen

                                                                                                         74.

    proportions & being a different colour to the ground we

    knew would give us away if a German should investigate

    far-But the distance he must go would certainly dirty

     ...inserted in a different coloured ink (a casual glance would convey nothing.)

    his trousers.  The digging was very hard being shale mostly.

    Nearly all crowbar work. We went right under the path

    & always dreaded that the Russian General ^ would one

     ...inserted ^an enormous man of about 18 stone

    day come through & bury the then navvy - We used

    the bed boards provided by Government for boarding up.

    But we met with one great difficulty, water.  After heavy

    rain & there was a lot ^ the water from the ditch flooded

     ...inserted this autumn,

    our works & no bailing was any use.  It was a case

    of waiting till the tide fell.  We however knew to be

    caught meant 2 yrs imprisonment.  We had an elaborate

    spy system.  40 feet of work was required.  It was almost

    finished when another flood came.  It was now 20th Sept.

    Too late to carry out our scheme.  This being so, various

    members elected to make a dash another way.  Use the

    trap door cut the fence infront & out.  The fence was

    cut by day as everyone but the Germans knew.  There was

    however bad staff management.  The first man getting through

    the fence found a German with his rifle pointed 2 yards

    away.  He did the only thing possible bolted.  The Sentry fired and

    missed.  Then Hindenburg & the rest of the pack were set

    on the trail - but they ran in any direction but the right

    one.  And severe kicking would not enlighten them as to

    the role they ought to play.

    Our tunnel now missed fire - & the Germans found it out

    we knew the exact day.  Whether is was by searching how

    the officer had got out of his room, or whether as

     Wederen  said they were told by a spy & never would



  • June 27, 2017 01:03:16 L Brittain

                                                                                                         74.

    proportions +being a different colour to the ground we

    knew would give us away if a German should investigate

    far-But the distance he must go would certainly dirty

     ...inserted in a different coloured ink (a casual glance would convey nothing.)

    his trousers.  The digging was very hard being shale mostly.

    Nearly all crowbar work. We went right under the path

    + always dreaded that the Russian General ^ would one

     ...inserted ^an enormous man of about 18 stone

    day come through + bury them navvy-We and

    the bed boards missingGovernment for boarding up.

    But we met with one great difficulty, water.  After heavy

    rain +there was a lot ^ the water from the ditch flooded

     ...inserted this autumn,

    our work + no bailing was any use.  It was a case

    of waiting till the tide fell.  We however knew to be

    caught meant 2 yrs imprisonment.  We had an elaborate

    spy system.  40 feet of work was required.  It was about

    finished when another flood came.  It was now 29th Sept

    Too late to carry our our scheme.  This being so, various

    numbers elected to make a dash another way.  On the

    trap door cut the few infront + out.  The fence was

    cut by day as everyone but the Germans knew.  There was

    however bad staff management.  The first man getting through

    the fence found a German with his rifle pointed 2 yards

    away.  He did the only thing possible bolted.  The Sentry fired and

    missed.  Then Hindenburg + the rest of the pack were set

    on the trail-but they ran in any direction but the right

    one.  And severe kicking would not enlighten them as to

    the role they ought to play.

    Our tunnel now missed fire-+ the Germans found it out

    we knew the exact day.  Whether is was by searching how

    the officer had got out of his room, or whether as

     Wederen  said they were told by a spy + never would



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