Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
G. I. revelations during hop to London, pp. 15-17 PDF (734.6 KB)
G.I.s it was to me a complete reenactment of Paris as I had seen it in the last war. Back to the George V for luncheon. We were introduced to General Lee, Commanding General of Command Z and General Eisenhower's aide in handling the Paris district. The General, very gracious, told us that he was delighted to have us at the hotel. He hoped, however, it would not be a prec- edent for more civilians to come. He had received letters from General Somervell and Secretary Patterson asking him to extend us full courtesies. Accordingly, the courtesies of the European theatre were ours. Having asked for accommodations to London that afternoon, we were told the plane would be at the field at 4:30 and that the car would call for us. At 3:30 Lieutenant Watts took us to Orley Field. While we waited for the plane, another of our C-54's (the same plane in which we flew to Paris) came in, and General de Gaulle, with a French escort, deplaned amidst much fanfare. G.I. Revelations During Hop to London Our plane was a paratroop one with two rows of seats against the port and starboard bulkheads-tin seats, and not very com- fortable riding. On this plane were thirty G.I.s who had just come down from Germany and were going to England for a seven-day leave. All had had a big night in Paris and looked a little weary. They told us they had blown in a month's pay in one day in Paris. In the usual G.I. fashion, they were loquacious, grumbling and happy. One youngster said, "This is a blankety-blank war when you are going to get killed some way and I suppose I will get mine in Japan where I am told I will be ordered immediately upon my return from leave." Another soldier, when Johnnie and I (the only civilians) came 15
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