An account, in Stephen Ambrose’s Citizen Soldiers, of the kindness of French farm women to German soldiers fleeing the Falaise pocket in August, 1944. The author said that three veterans of the Wehrmacht with whom he’d spoken had been sheltered and fed by these women as they fled, alone and terrified, from the devastating Allied artillery and air assault.

In each case, the women explained that their sons were POWs in Germany, and that they hoped some German mother was feeding their boys.


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