Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Conquest of Antwerp...bridging the Rhine, pp. 29-31 PDF (747.7 KB)
He told how the Redball Highway-a one-way truck highway through France on which thousands of trucks moved supplies from the Beach to the Rhine relayed drivers at specified points so the trucks kept continually rolling. I was told that there are about 335,000 German prisoners of war working for the Americans today. There are no guards neces- sary for these prisoners as they are very docile. In the afternoon I motored out to Versailles with one of the officials of the War Surplus Material Bureau. We were told that none of the war surplus material would be shipped home, that it would all be sold in France. The Army was trying to negotiate w ith the French Government to sell the surplus war material at cost. plus 25 per cent. The French Government made a law that no resident or national of France could buy surplus war material other than from the French Government, which would purchase it or rather, hope to have it given to them by the American Government. After dinner in Paris one of the colonels took us up on the roof of the George V Hotel to let us look at the city through captured German submarine binoculars. They literally turned night into day. Later I walked down the Champs Elysees, where one sees thousands of American troops. I never saw an intoxicated Amer- ican soldier. When I mentioned this I was told it costs too much to get "tight" in France. Conquest of Antwerp.. . Bridging the Rhine Monday, July 30. Early breakfast in Paris . . . went immediately over to Army Transportation Headquarters to be briefed on the work of the Transportation Corps. 29
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