By Annie Dröege
Annie's battle tells the tale of an Englishwoman held below digital residence arrest in Germany throughout the First global battle. Annie Drummond Dröege had moved from the uk to Germany while her husband Arthur inherited lands and estates within the Rhineland. yet their dream lifestyles became a nightmare whilst the Kaiser went to conflict with Britain. And Annie's lifestyles was once became the other way up as Arthur used to be interned and she or he used to be steered to sign up day-by-day on the police station. this can be Annie's tale of the struggle years in her personal words.p
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We're informed that we can't take any steel over the frontier for all is precisely forbidden. Steinoff got here to work out me this day and he used to be very unhappy at listening to that i used to be going away. He tells me that William is in Riga and it really is twenty-five levels lower than freezing. They regularly ship him parcels and bread is what he asks for many. Hermenia got here to determine me the day prior to this and she or he was once disillusioned at my going. All imagine that it'll now not be lengthy prior to I come again back. Herr Veury got here final Sunday. He was once in Ruhleben for one-and-a-half years and says that it'll be six months sooner than Arthur should be healthy for any paintings. He himself was once so frightened of the folk and felt so very unusual. he's merely simply feeling common and it's 9 months when you consider that he turned unfastened. He thinks this warfare needs to finish quickly. Many others say no and that it'll final extra years. that could be a dreadful outlook. Saturday & Sunday third & 4th February. in the past i haven't obtained any discover of my papers and that i imagine it's very inconceivable that I go back and forth at the sixth. i've got a truly nice objection to vacationing in March. maybe it is going to be April sooner than i'm going. I had a letter from the yankee Consul this day, Sunday. He writes that it has advanced my leaving simply because I requested that if Arthur used to be now not exchanged this month may my papers be made to trip at the sixth of any month. maybe it's all for the simplest that i don't commute. it's not that i am within the better of situation and this dreadful climate is sufficient to frighten one off a trip. The trains aren't heated as we're so in need of coal. i have not skilled such chilly climate. Now it's over 4 weeks that we have got been frozen up and it really is very unlikely to get hot. This morning it was once twenty levels lower than freezing and for days the ice hasn't ever left the home windows, now not even within the rooms within which we are living. we can't glance out at the streets and each store and home is simply as though they'd been thickly deepwhite. It jogs my memory of the iciness that James used to be born. Then we had the coal strike in England and all January and February there has been skating and we had six weeks of frost. I commit it to memory rather well and we have now by no means had this sort of wintry weather given that. good, that chilly used to be by no means as nice as this. I even wakeful within the evening shivering with chilly. And in mattress at that! The negative squaddies cave in within the streets with the chilly. I anticipate that they don't have adequate hot meals. One negative fellow fell by way of our door as he used to be marching prior and a few of his comrades fell over him. He used to be picked up relatively subconscious. there has been a bread revolt in and via Hamburg on Thursday and it's been very undesirable with the folks. yet what can a number of ladies do? I gave up my potatoes the previous day and so they have basically left me 5 kilos every week till the fifteenth of April. What we're to do from April until eventually August not anyone is aware. The bread is now part barley meal and part swedes and it really is lousy stuff to devour. We listen that the swedes can't last more than April. the folk say that February, March and April are to be our starvation months. very much is written and talked of as regards the undersea boats and in response to our papers England is now surrounded.