POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 167

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                                                                     80.

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war. In fact the English speaking German seemed to wish to

make himself pleasant. Always starting with the question "Now

how long do you think that the war will last?" All were under

the delusion that it would be over in the near future. Of

course the Kaiser's peace proposals were then in the air at the

same time the comments on the same in the Allies press was

freely published in the German papers.

On arrival at Contance I was marched to the camp which

is a hospital in the local barracks on the German side

of the Rhein. Here I spent 5 weeks in Barracks q. Barrack

10 and the main building. The quarters in each were

somewhat different.We were rushed before a Board on the

morning of the 17th.. The result of the examination was

given out on the morning of the 21st.. There were 2 other

English before this commission they had arrived just before us.

They were rejected and sent back to Hidelburg. We were

told the 3 of us in course of time would go to Switzerland

The place is all rules & regulations some good, some

bad. One was only allowed out for exercise from 9-11 am

& 3-5 pm. This was put up with a blind of excuse under

neath to the effect that there were the same hours as

the French allowed [insert] the German prisoners [/insert] at Lyons. The exercise ground was

the court on which German Squads of recruits were

working. Heree my exercise revolved itself into a

miserable up & down in front of the main building.

The weather was on the whole execrable. When we first

arrived there was snow & frost and similar weather

during our last week, but the rest of the time was

rain & slush with a mild day or two in the middle

There was a Canteen run by the Swiss in which


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                                                                     80.

                   Constance

war. In fact the English speaking German seemed to wish to

make himself pleasant. Always starting with the question "Now

how long do you think that the war will last?" All were under

the delusion that it would be over in the near future. Of

course the Kaiser's peace proposals were then in the air at the

same time the comments on the same in the Allies press was

freely published in the German papers.

On arrival at Contance I was marched to the camp which

is a hospital in the local barracks on the German side

of the Rhein. Here I spent 5 weeks in Barracks q. Barrack

10 and the main building. The quarters in each were

somewhat different.We were rushed before a Board on the

morning of the 17th.. The result of the examination was

given out on the morning of the 21st.. There were 2 other

English before this commission they had arrived just before us.

They were rejected and sent back to Hidelburg. We were

told the 3 of us in course of time would go to Switzerland

The place is all rules & regulations some good, some

bad. One was only allowed out for exercise from 9-11 am

& 3-5 pm. This was put up with a blind of excuse under

neath to the effect that there were the same hours as

the French allowed [insert] the German prisoners [/insert] at Lyons. The exercise ground was

the court on which German Squads of recruits were

working. Heree my exercise revolved itself into a

miserable up & down in front of the main building.

The weather was on the whole execrable. When we first

arrived there was snow & frost and similar weather

during our last week, but the rest of the time was

rain & slush with a mild day or two in the middle

There was a Canteen run by the Swiss in which



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  • June 29, 2017 19:28:55 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                         80.

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    war. In fact the English speaking German seemed to wish to

    make himself pleasant. Always starting with the question "Now

    how long do you think that the war will last?" All were under

    the delusion that it would be over in the near future. Of

    course the Kaiser's peace proposals were then in the air at the

    same time the comments on the same in the Allies press was

    freely published in the German papers.

    On arrival at Contance I was marched to the camp which

    is a hospital in the local barracks on the German side

    of the Rhein. Here I spent 5 weeks in Barracks q. Barrack

    10 and the main building. The quarters in each were

    somewhat different.We were rushed before a Board on the

    morning of the 17th.. The result of the examination was

    given out on the morning of the 21st.. There were 2 other

    English before this commission they had arrived just before us.

    They were rejected and sent back to Hidelburg. We were

    told the 3 of us in course of time would go to Switzerland

    The place is all rules & regulations some good, some

    bad. One was only allowed out for exercise from 9-11 am

    & 3-5 pm. This was put up with a blind of excuse under

    neath to the effect that there were the same hours as

    the French allowed [insert] the German prisoners [/insert] at Lyons. The exercise ground was

    the court on which German Squads of recruits were

    working. Heree my exercise revolved itself into a

    miserable up & down in front of the main building.

    The weather was on the whole execrable. When we first

    arrived there was snow & frost and similar weather

    during our last week, but the rest of the time was

    rain & slush with a mild day or two in the middle

    There was a Canteen run by the Swiss in which


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