POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 174

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                                                       87.

put in. All this was in no way done for the benefit of the

prisoners. The front garden for instance was only used for exercising

prisoners, that is officers sentenced to varrious terms of imprisonment.

And this only for a short time. The Germans soon found it was

simpler to turn every out of the tennis court field & exercise 

their prisoners there. Undoubtedly the place was having much

spent on it for some ulterior motive. I should say that

not only we but also the German Imperial Government were

being exploited.

At Clausthal there were varrious methods of getting English

papers into the Camp. On which succeeded for a long time

was a parcel containing a rotten cabbage underneath

this was a copy of the Times. The cabbage was passed

over without a question- but in the end it was discovered.

Chocolates too came in useful as these were passed over

without much search.

Once it was essential to get a parcel through without

search. It was managed thus. The person whose

parcel it was had only one [insert] packet [/insert] and he did not go near

the place. Three confederates were necessary . One was

the  Belgian officer who used to assist the Germans in

the distribution of parcels - his job was simply to hide

this particular parcel behind the radiator. It had to

be cunningly hidden for the Germans cleaned the place

afterwards. The others had a rather more complicated

role to play. No. 1 went up to draw his parcel in the

ordinary way. A book is kept in which each parcel

is entered it is signed for by the officer who then paid

his 10pp or whatever it might be. At the table sat


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                                                       87.

put in. All this was in no way done for the benefit of the

prisoners. The front garden for instance was only used for exercising

prisoners, that is officers sentenced to varrious terms of imprisonment.

And this only for a short time. The Germans soon found it was

simpler to turn every out of the tennis court field & exercise 

their prisoners there. Undoubtedly the place was having much

spent on it for some ulterior motive. I should say that

not only we but also the German Imperial Government were

being exploited.

At Clausthal there were varrious methods of getting English

papers into the Camp. On which succeeded for a long time

was a parcel containing a rotten cabbage underneath

this was a copy of the Times. The cabbage was passed

over without a question- but in the end it was discovered.

Chocolates too came in useful as these were passed over

without much search.

Once it was essential to get a parcel through without

search. It was managed thus. The person whose

parcel it was had only one [insert] packet [/insert] and he did not go near

the place. Three confederates were necessary . One was

the  Belgian officer who used to assist the Germans in

the distribution of parcels - his job was simply to hide

this particular parcel behind the radiator. It had to

be cunningly hidden for the Germans cleaned the place

afterwards. The others had a rather more complicated

role to play. No. 1 went up to draw his parcel in the

ordinary way. A book is kept in which each parcel

is entered it is signed for by the officer who then paid

his 10pp or whatever it might be. At the table sat



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  • June 30, 2017 21:50:32 Annick Rodriguez

                                                           87.

    put in. All this was in no way done for the benefit of the

    prisoners. The front garden for instance was only used for exercising

    prisoners, that is officers sentenced to varrious terms of imprisonment.

    And this only for a short time. The Germans soon found it was

    simpler to turn every out of the tennis court field & exercise 

    their prisoners there. Undoubtedly the place was having much

    spent on it for some ulterior motive. I should say that

    not only we but also the German Imperial Government were

    being exploited.

    At Clausthal there were varrious methods of getting English

    papers into the Camp. On which succeeded for a long time

    was a parcel containing a rotten cabbage underneath

    this was a copy of the Times. The cabbage was passed

    over without a question- but in the end it was discovered.

    Chocolates too came in useful as these were passed over

    without much search.

    Once it was essential to get a parcel through without

    search. It was managed thus. The person whose

    parcel it was had only one [insert] packet [/insert] and he did not go near

    the place. Three confederates were necessary . One was

    the  Belgian officer who used to assist the Germans in

    the distribution of parcels - his job was simply to hide

    this particular parcel behind the radiator. It had to

    be cunningly hidden for the Germans cleaned the place

    afterwards. The others had a rather more complicated

    role to play. No. 1 went up to draw his parcel in the

    ordinary way. A book is kept in which each parcel

    is entered it is signed for by the officer who then paid

    his 10pp or whatever it might be. At the table sat


  • June 30, 2017 21:50:27 Annick Rodriguez

                                                           87.

    put in. All this was in no way done for the benefit of the

    prisoners. The front garden for instance was only used for exercising

    prisoners, that is officers sentenced to varrious terms of imprisonment.

    And this only for a short time. The Germans soon found it was

    simpler to turn every out of the tennis court field & exercise 

    their prisoners there. Undoubtedly the place was having much

    spent on it for some ulterior motive. I should say that

    not only we but also the German Imperial Government were

    being exploited.

    At Clausthal there were varrious methods of getting English

    papers into the Camp. On which succeeded for a long time

    was a parcel containing a rotten cabbage underneath

    this was a copy of the Times. The cabbage was passed

    over without a question- but in the end it was discovered.

    Chocolates too came in useful as these were passed over

    without much search.

    Once it was essential to get a parcel through without

    search. It was managed thus. The person whose

    parcel it was had only one [insert] packet [/insert] and he did not go near

    the place. Three confederates were necessary . One was

    the  Belgian officer who used to assist the Germans in

    the distribution of parcels - his job was simply to hide

    this particular parcel behind the radiator. It had to

    be cunningly hidden for the Germans cleaned the place

    afterwards. The others had a rather more complicated

    role to play. No. 1 went up to draw his parcel in the

    ordinary way. A book is kept in which each parcel

    is entered it is signed for by the officer who then paid

    his 10pp or whatever it might be. At the table sat


  • June 30, 2017 21:44:18 Annick Rodriguez

                                                           87.

    put in. All this was in no way done for the benefit of the

    prisoners. The front garden for instance was only used for exercising

    prisoners, that is officers sentenced to varrious terms of imprisonment.

    And this only for a short time. The Germans soon found it was

    simpler to turn every out of the tennis court field & exercise 

    their prisoners there. Undoubtedly the place was having much

    spent on it for some ulterior motive. I should say that

    not only we but also the German Imperial Government were

    being exploited.

    At Clausthal there were varrious methods of getting English

    papers into the Camp. On which succeeded for a long time

    was a parcel containing a rotten c


  • June 30, 2017 21:37:39 Annick Rodriguez

                                                           87.

    put in. All this was in no way done for the benefit of the

    prisoners. The front garden for instance was only used for exercising

    prisoners, that is officers sentenced to varrious terms of imprisonment.

    And this only for a short time. The Germans soon found it was

    simpler to turn every out of the tennis court field & exercise 

    their prisoners there. Undoubtedly the place was


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