36th Division in World War II


Bedsheets and pillowcases were hasty surrender signs in Herxheim and other conquered German towns.
Village after village in the Reich presented this solemn, ghost-like spectacle to conquering T-Patchers rumbling over the ancient cobblestones of the Palatinate main streets—a white flag flying from every house, a few stunned, gloomy-eyed civilians watching the parade of Allied armor. After each fresh entry civilians were ordered confined to their homes for 48 hours. Under non-fraternization orders, the Americans—for the first few days, at least—ignored German wonderment and attempts to talk friendly-like to them. (Left) Troops line up for chow at a Rhine River outpost.
Engineers systematically destroyed . . .
. . . Each of the captured heavy fortifications.


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