IN THE HANDS OF THE HUN [12] Farm Work

On the Farms.

In the Spring of 1918 I was sent to do farm work on some of the farms in Holstein. I was first sent to work on the estate of Baron von Rosenkraz, a typical aristocrat, the owner of 24,000 acres of land. He was also a member of Hindenburg’s staff and wore a most magnificent uniform when on military duty. He used to stroll about the estate when home on leave and sometimes would condescend to talk to me and ask me about Australia. Like many Germans he spoke excellent English.
One day as I was at work in one of his fields I saw him out shooting. He carried a double-barrelled gun and was accompanied by his dachshund. The little dog worked along the hedgerows and startled several young hares but instead of their getting in the Baron’s line of vision they came into mine. I promptly laid out three with a pitchfork I was using, planted them under the hay and though the Baron went home empty handed, some of the prisoners had hare stew that night. This was, of course, an offense against civil law and would have meant probably 3 months “clink” had I been found out, but I was hungry so I chanced it.
Some of the Belgian prisoners managed to pinch one of the Barons’ sucking pigs which they cleaned and cooked without leaving any trace. But they were experts at the game. When working on the farms we sometimes got our evening meal at the farm house. This usually consisted of porridge made from barley meal or potatoes and sometimes the luxury of a drink of separated milk.
All the milk in Germany is the property of the Government who run it through separators and return the separated milk for the use of the producer. My mate and myself one day took the liberty of bailing up a cow and extracting about a pint of milk from her. The Government did not get their cream out of this, but alas! We were discovered by the guard. Result; Three days in the clink and no food so the drink of milk had to last us all that time.

IN THE HANDS OF THE HUN [12] Farm Work

adgray

Frankston, Australia

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Even though Great Uncle Alf & his cronies were surrounded by good food sources and expected to work hard on the farms, they were still kept in a starving condition!

*This is why we remember them !
LEST WE FORGET !!

NB This is NOT my Fictional Writing this is an actual account written by my Great Uncle Alfred Gray following his experiences in the "Great War – 1914-1917
I take no responsibility for any offense taken by the reader of this view be that in the language used or the opinion of my Great Uncle.*

Great Uncle Alfred’s Great Adventure
In the Hands of the Hun 1 – Prelude
In the Hands of the Hun 2 – Bullecourt
In the Hands of the Hun 3 -Starved and Frozen
In the Hands of the Hun [4 & 5] – Lille
In the Hands of the Hun [6, 7 & 8] – behind the lines
In the Hands of the Hun 9 – Surprise
In the Hands of the Hun 10 -Congenial Mates
In the Hands of the Hun 11 – Camp Life

In the Hands of the Hun 13 – Punishment

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