Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
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predominant, whereas German soldiers fight by the book. He quoted General Patton as saying one day, "If von Runstedt wants to get his neck in a meat grinder, I am the guy to turn the handle." This correspondent said that it was extremely important to have Patton remain in Germany, as the Germans had great respect and fear of him. Dinner at George V. After dinner back to the Scribe Hotel to talk with the correspondents. Since there are no taxis in France, one rides about on a bicycle or in a one-horse open carriage. The driver wanted $8.00 for a ten-minute ride. We compromised by giving him 3 packages of cigarettes and $4.00. Cigarettes are international currency. One of the French newspaper men told us that butter last winter was $12 a pound, and eggs 40c apiece. The cold was frightful as there was no coal. Visited with Lowell Bennett at the Scribe. He is our Hearst reporter who parachuted out of a bomber over Berlin and was made a prisoner of war. Having just brought his wife and two babies over from America, Bennett had been out foraging food and had managed to find two cans of peaches which he was tak- ing home to his babies. Walking to my hotel at 10:30 p.m., watched huge trucks picking up soldiers to take them to their camps, the soldiers having finished their leave-stay. Secrets of Transport Sunday, July 29. Up early and to church in Paris. Had a long talk with Major General Ross about the African campaign. He is in charge of transportation for the Army and told me how he had worked very closely with the medical office in evacuating the wounded. They had problems in unloading freight at Cherbourg-not too good a base. The Le Havre chan- 27
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