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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
(1945?)

Conquest of Antwerp...bridging the Rhine,   pp. 29-31 PDF (747.7 KB)


Page 29

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.
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