The Never-Ending War by Martin Roemers

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Heinrich Netz (born 1926), a German veteran of World War II (WW2).."I was still at school when I was called up in 1944.  We thought that the war could still be won, because we had secret weapons.  At the front we had guns which had to be towed by four horses.  We usually towed them ourselves, as we only had two horses and they were too old and weak.  When the Americans came I hid in a barn.  'I'm only eighteen!', I cried when I surrendered.  I ended up in a camp in France.  My prison number was 958,031.  I'll never forget that.  It was cold there and I was warming my hands on the exhaust of a truck.  A black soldier saw me and sent me packing with a kick up the backside.  During the Ardennes offensive, we were transferred in a great hurry to another camp.  As we climbed into the wagons, each prisoner got a kick from a furious Brit who was shouting 'fucking Germans'.  We sat in a locked train carriage without water.  We shouted that we were thirsty, but we didn't get anything.  We were only let out after three days.  We drank the rainwater from the ground."."The French were really angry with us and I could understand that.  At one station, an engine driver threw a piece of coal in the eye of one of our men.  He fell to the ground, bleeding.  As we drove under a bridge, the French stood and urinated on us. They threw a lot of stones too.  The Americans fired warning shots to protect us.  I was released in 1946.  I was given 346 dollars: one dollar for each day that I had worked." CHECK with MRM/FNA