Diary of Annies War: The Diary of an Englishwoman in Germany during WW1

By Annie Dröege

Annie's struggle tells the tale of an Englishwoman held less than digital apartment arrest in Germany in the course of the First international warfare. Annie Drummond Dröege had moved from the uk to Germany while her husband Arthur inherited lands and estates within the Rhineland. yet their dream existence became a nightmare while the Kaiser went to warfare with Britain. And Annie's existence used to be grew to become the other way up as Arthur was once interned and she or he used to be advised to join up day-by-day on the police station. this is often Annie's tale of the battle years in her personal words.p

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They believe Germany is a gorgeous position and just for being prisoners wish to reside right here. one of many males, as a prisoner, got here via his local village on his approach right here and never a spot used to be status. He couldn't even find the place his condo had stood. All used to be in ruins. He has a spouse, his teenagers and his mom. He can't listen a be aware of them and delicate he sits and cries. His comrades are very style to him. they don't all paintings for one farmer as they're given out in six or 8 to every farm. at some point whilst i used to be in Salzdetfurth I observed a educate packed with French prisoners are available. they're to paintings within the Kali works. those are mines, like our coal mines, and they're very in need of males there. The French aren't as vast because the Russians yet they're extra energetic and appear very clever. a few of them appear to be of a higher classification kinfolk. One used to be an ideal gentleman to examine and his outfits have been of the best. Sunday twenty second August. i've got obtained permission to stick right here till October. health care professional stated it used to be helpful after which will i'm going to dwell within the villa in Wörth Strasse Hildesheim. The villa is empty in October and in wartime it really is too huge to permit so i've got made up our minds to stay there. it's going to supply me whatever to do to get it so as. there'll be a snug position for Arthur to move whilst he's unfastened. i've got bought an outstanding volume of furnishings yet nonetheless have sufficient for 5 or six rooms. Belle will come to dwell with me so I shall now not be so lonely. i need to get a bit extra flesh says the medical professional. i've got long past all the way down to eight-and-a- part stones and that’s too little. He says that i need to drink lots of stable purple wine. and that i dislike it so. i've been busy this week placing greens in cans for the iciness and making fallen apples into jelly. i'm having a look ahead now to moving into my very own domestic back. 9 months of resort lifestyles is sufficient to sicken one. Sunday twenty ninth August. it's Hermenia’s birthday so we're more than pleased. She had this sort of enormous submit and that i imagine it happy her mom greater than her to listen to the letters learn. the folks right here appear to have an understanding of now that i don't intend to come. they can't keep in mind that we depart this type of attractive domestic and particularly once we have spent rather a lot funds on it. One previous guy grumbled at me for an hour final week whilst I stated that i couldn't reside between such humans. He stated that lets reside right here all our lives and not anyone may molest us back. He acknowledged that the folks had figured out their mistake. the true fact is they are afraid individual will come into our residence and paintings the land himself after which they won't have sufficient land for themselves. I requested the previous guy if we should always ponder the folks who had no longer thought of us. And if he suggestion that we needs to remain right here simply because the folks inspiration it healthy to allow us to. Then in the event that they idea it healthy to irritate us back they can accomplish that. I acknowledged it used to be no longer my personality to survive tolerance and that anywhere we lived it'll expense cash. For that money lets reside wherever. It was once effortless to discover greater humans than lived during this village.

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