POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 168
- June 30, 2017 18:23:17 Annick Rodriguez
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
gotbecome 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