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Dallas Paratrooper Finds Life With Nazis Tough Proposition

liked my B rations, too."
   Daniels told of being taken to a German field hospital where he lay on a pile of straw used for beds.
   “After three days they stopped
changing the straw and the stuff began to stink.' he said. “We were cared for by a Captain Adams, a captured paratroop medical officer. He was probably the first prisoner taken by the Germans in the invasion of Normandy.
   “He had jumped about the same time I did but landed right on the roof of a German headquarters. He slipped off the roof into the back of a truck where some Germans were sleeping and was captured." The prisoner-patients were soon transferred; to Cherbourg where they got better treatment and casts on their broken bones, Sergeant Daniels said.
French Help Pro Ally
“For the .next ten days we waited. The French help in the hospital was very pro-ally. A cute, French girl brought m
some cigarettes but a German guard caught her and slapped her face.
   “The Poles and the Russians among the German army personnel really looked forward to the coming of the Yanks. They slipped us cog-
nac and cigarettes.  
   “Three days before the Americans took Cherbourg, the Germans moved all the litter patients into an air-raid shelter. The next day one of our wounded flight officers and a German medical officer went across the lines under a white flag to get some badly needed medical supplies, and to advise the Americans- where our hospital was so
they wouldn't bomb or shell it.
   “On the morning of the 26th we heard the sweetest music in the world, American Browning automatic rifles and machine-gun
fire. The whole hospital staff surrendered to our troops, when they come through.
   “Major General Eddie, commander of the Ninth Division, and Major General Collin, who were right up there' with the front line troops, came in and talked to all of us. Medics brought some C rations. A sizzling steak couldn’t have tasted any better.
   “When we first heard the news that the hospital was under Yank control, the men who could walk hobbled around the wards and tore down the large pictures of Hitler, Goebbels and Goering that were hung all over the place."
TEMPLE, Texas, Aug. 1 (AP).— A Texas sergeant of the 82d AirBorne Division who spent three weeks as a German prisoner at Cherbourg before being liberated by the American capture of the port, is back at McCloskey General Hospital with a vivid story of life with the Nazis.
   He is Sgt. Robert S. Daniels, whose wife lives at 2611 Douglas Avenue, Dallas.
   Daniels told how antiaircraft fire hit the plane carrying him to Normandy, how tracers from machine guns followed the plane over France, about how he wondered if the tracers going through his parachute as he sailed to earth would set the ’chute afire.
   “I crashed through a tree before I hit the ground and broke my leg. Four of my men joined me,” Daniels said. “For fourteen hours, five of us held a terrace in an orchard against a bunch of Germans.

Men Refuse to Leave.
“Finally the Germans brought up a machine gun. They killed two of the boys and wounded another.  Since the
situation was hopeless, I ordered the two men alive to leave. They refused. But I finally convinced them it was foolish to stay.
   “When they left I had ammunition for my pistol and a few grenades. After I used that up, I lay back and waited for them to come and get me. I was carried to a German command post and dropped on the ground.
   “A German officer who strutted over asked me what time I had jumped. I told him to go to hell. He slapped my face. After a bit, he left me and went over to question Lt. Dixie Davis of San Antonio, an officer from my outfit who had been wounded before he was captured. The German got nothing out of Lieutenant Davis.
   “When he came back to me, he told me that he knew I was in the 82d AirzBorne Division and that I might as well tell him what he wanted to know since they had gotten plenty of information from the other prisoners. I guess he could see I knew was lying because he moved away.
   “They searched me and took everything. . . . They
(article courtesy of Bob Chisolm)

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