POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 173

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                                                                       86.

We were joined by 4 other  English officers a Colonel & 3 majors

who had been sent to a camp after passing the board, for

reprisals.

In due course the train moved out. In a very short time

I saw the German & Swiss sentry boxes on the side of

the line. Then the Swiss Doctor shook hands and said

now you are in switzerland. A sigh of relief here was

not I think out of place.

                    _______ .  ________

Note A.  The first of all planted firs trees outside there along the

inside of the boundary fence. These were of course most useful

in an escape .The hole we originally made in the fence was

screened by a large firs tree from the sentry on the beat  in

the tennis field. The Russian hole would have also been quite

impractical except for these same trees. When the officer escaped

out of the bottom fence, all the young trees both outside &

inside this fence were dug up. This at the time top of our

tunnel. A kind garden was constructed outside the front

of the camp & this also was decked with paths & fir trees.

Then also there was a wood, all the lower branches of which

were cut down. It was on a little walk, A path & steps

were made & on the top was constructed what purported to

be a summer house. Here perhaps the commandant could

sip his beer [encircled] & watching the prisoners [/encircled] in seclusion with his

lady friends. It also seemed an ideal place for  a machine

gun to command the camp.

Take all this in conjunction with the ornamental trees

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                                                                       86.

We were joined by 4 other  English officers a Colonel & 3 majors

who had been sent to a camp after passing the board, for

reprisals.

In due course the train moved out. In a very short time

I saw the German & Swiss sentry boxes on the side of

the line. Then the Swiss Doctor shook hands and said

now you are in switzerland. A sigh of relief here was

not I think out of place.

                    _______ .  ________

Note A.  The first of all planted firs trees outside there along the

inside of the boundary fence. These were of course most useful

in an escape .The hole we originally made in the fence was

screened by a large firs tree from the sentry on the beat  in

the tennis field. The Russian hole would have also been quite

impractical except for these same trees. When the officer escaped

out of the bottom fence, all the young trees both outside &

inside this fence were dug up. This at the time top of our

tunnel. A kind garden was constructed outside the front

of the camp & this also was decked with paths & fir trees.

Then also there was a wood, all the lower branches of which

were cut down. It was on a little walk, A path & steps

were made & on the top was constructed what purported to

be a summer house. Here perhaps the commandant could

sip his beer [encircled] & watching the prisoners [/encircled] in seclusion with his

lady friends. It also seemed an ideal place for  a machine

gun to command the camp.

Take all this in conjunction with the ornamental trees


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  • June 30, 2017 21:33:54 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                           86.

    We were joined by 4 other  English officers a Colonel & 3 majors

    who had been sent to a camp after passing the board, for

    reprisals.

    In due course the train moved out. In a very short time

    I saw the German & Swiss sentry boxes on the side of

    the line. Then the Swiss Doctor shook hands and said

    now you are in switzerland. A sigh of relief here was

    not I think out of place.

                        _______ .  ________

    Note A.  The first of all planted firs trees outside there along the

    inside of the boundary fence. These were of course most useful

    in an escape .The hole we originally made in the fence was

    screened by a large firs tree from the sentry on the beat  in

    the tennis field. The Russian hole would have also been quite

    impractical except for these same trees. When the officer escaped

    out of the bottom fence, all the young trees both outside &

    inside this fence were dug up. This at the time top of our

    tunnel. A kind garden was constructed outside the front

    of the camp & this also was decked with paths & fir trees.

    Then also there was a wood, all the lower branches of which

    were cut down. It was on a little walk, A path & steps

    were made & on the top was constructed what purported to

    be a summer house. Here perhaps the commandant could

    sip his beer [encircled] & watching the prisoners [/encircled] in seclusion with his

    lady friends. It also seemed an ideal place for  a machine

    gun to command the camp.

    Take all this in conjunction with the ornamental trees

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