Friday, December 19, 2014

The Grateful Enemy Soldier

Harvey Klemmer, They’ll Never Quit (New York: Wilfred Funk, 1941), pp. 259-60.

Will the Germans use gas?

I have heard many stories in England which point that way. There is the story of the English nurse and the German pilot. The pilot is supposed to have become very fond of his nurse in the English hospital to which he was taken after being shot down. When it came time for him to be taken away, he is reported to have told the girl:

“You have been very nice to me here. I don’t know how to repay you. The only thing I can do now is to warn you – never go out without your gas mask after September 15.”

It will be noted that this anecdote ties in with the stories of the attempted invasion, which was supposed to have taken place on September 15 [1940]. It is possible, of course, that this pilot was acting under instructions; it is also possible that he wasn’t.