POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 168

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                                                            81.

one could buy a certain amount of edibles. As during my time

here I received neither letters nor parcels this was useful- whilst

my money lasted. After Christmas when practically everyone had

crossed over, it was difficult to get anything. The  ... 

who presided had to be fetched out of the German soldiers canteen

by us, and if asked to procure such things as tobacco or post

cards invariably forgot. It was always "margin" with them.

For the first four weeks we were always given hopes that we

would be leaving in 5 days, but after that we were honestly

told we were being kept for reprisals.  ... 

The German drill had got become considerably more practical since

the days I saw it on the barrack square at Magdeburg.

Now it is mostly bayonet exercise & machine gun drill , though

they will spend an hour or so on games. A new draft

of recruits came up on new years day. they looked like

undersized youths of 16 or 17.

Barrack 9 in which I was first placed was a long ward

with 50 beds. Not many were occupied It was run by

a German nurse, strangely to relate- a lady. She spoke

English quite well & lent us books. No smoking was allowed

in the sleeping part. It was fairly well ventilated & kept

on the cold ride. At 7.30 when we arose hot water & a

bath were to be obtained. There was one bath to each

hut. The feeding was the same in the 3 places I went

to. At 7.45 Breakfast . coffee & a solid chunk of whiteish

bread. In the middle of the morning a cup of milk

or soup. This was not a certainly but appeared 3 out

of 4 days. Dinner at 1 soup-Meat & vegitables- or

fish (very bad)  & potatoes - [insert] & bread [/insert] Tea at 5. Coffe - Bread

(always war varriety) butter or jam- Supper

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                                                            81.

one could buy a certain amount of edibles. As during my time

here I received neither letters nor parcels this was useful- whilst

my money lasted. After Christmas when practically everyone had

crossed over, it was difficult to get anything. The  ... 

who presided had to be fetched out of the German soldiers canteen

by us, and if asked to procure such things as tobacco or post

cards invariably forgot. It was always "margin" with them.

For the first four weeks we were always given hopes that we

would be leaving in 5 days, but after that we were honestly

told we were being kept for reprisals.  ... 

The German drill had got become considerably more practical since

the days I saw it on the barrack square at Magdeburg.

Now it is mostly bayonet exercise & machine gun drill , though

they will spend an hour or so on games. A new draft

of recruits came up on new years day. they looked like

undersized youths of 16 or 17.

Barrack 9 in which I was first placed was a long ward

with 50 beds. Not many were occupied It was run by

a German nurse, strangely to relate- a lady. She spoke

English quite well & lent us books. No smoking was allowed

in the sleeping part. It was fairly well ventilated & kept

on the cold ride. At 7.30 when we arose hot water & a

bath were to be obtained. There was one bath to each

hut. The feeding was the same in the 3 places I went

to. At 7.45 Breakfast . coffee & a solid chunk of whiteish

bread. In the middle of the morning a cup of milk

or soup. This was not a certainly but appeared 3 out

of 4 days. Dinner at 1 soup-Meat & vegitables- or

fish (very bad)  & potatoes - [insert] & bread [/insert] Tea at 5. Coffe - Bread

(always war varriety) butter or jam- Supper


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  • June 30, 2017 18:23:17 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                81.

    one could buy a certain amount of edibles. As during my time

    here I received neither letters nor parcels this was useful- whilst

    my money lasted. After Christmas when practically everyone had

    crossed over, it was difficult to get anything. The  ... 

    who presided had to be fetched out of the German soldiers canteen

    by us, and if asked to procure such things as tobacco or post

    cards invariably forgot. It was always "margin" with them.

    For the first four weeks we were always given hopes that we

    would be leaving in 5 days, but after that we were honestly

    told we were being kept for reprisals.  ... 

    The German drill had got become considerably more practical since

    the days I saw it on the barrack square at Magdeburg.

    Now it is mostly bayonet exercise & machine gun drill , though

    they will spend an hour or so on games. A new draft

    of recruits came up on new years day. they looked like

    undersized youths of 16 or 17.

    Barrack 9 in which I was first placed was a long ward

    with 50 beds. Not many were occupied It was run by

    a German nurse, strangely to relate- a lady. She spoke

    English quite well & lent us books. No smoking was allowed

    in the sleeping part. It was fairly well ventilated & kept

    on the cold ride. At 7.30 when we arose hot water & a

    bath were to be obtained. There was one bath to each

    hut. The feeding was the same in the 3 places I went

    to. At 7.45 Breakfast . coffee & a solid chunk of whiteish

    bread. In the middle of the morning a cup of milk

    or soup. This was not a certainly but appeared 3 out

    of 4 days. Dinner at 1 soup-Meat & vegitables- or

    fish (very bad)  & potatoes - [insert] & bread [/insert] Tea at 5. Coffe - Bread

    (always war varriety) butter or jam- Supper

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