Pockets of Germans

Thursday, Feb.1, 1945

The Red Army is now 45 miles from Berlin! In the Pacific, we’ve taken Luzon Air Base! You’d think the Germans would call it quits or pull in their troops to defend the city. Instead, pockets of Nazis in France are still making raids and just recaptured the village of Bullon. And how about this — When one Allied division near the port of Lorient was replaced by another, the new commander received the following message from the area’s German commander: “Congratulations on your new appointment. I hope our relations will continue as cordial as they were with the X Division.” Talk about chutzpah*!

* That’s Yiddish for “what a nerve!”


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