Magazine article America in WWII

Shirts Stuffed with Potatoes

Magazine article America in WWII

Shirts Stuffed with Potatoes

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I was captured in Holland on October 31, 1944, after a river crossing that did not go well. One time, when the Germans were moving us from one camp to another one, the guards told us we could stop marching and fall out and build a fire. This was at a small ghost town. Some of my clique of six went and found some potatoes in the basement of an empty house. We put the potatoes in the hot coals. Just then a trailer load of black bread came along real slow. Myself and another guy went to the back of the trailer and climbed up and threw off several loaves. Well, the guards on the truck slammed on the brakes and jumped out with their guns drawn and were going to shoot us, but we were already mixed in with the rest of the prisoners. That evening, we had a fine meal of black bread and charcoal-roasted potatoes. …

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