The Never-Ending War by Martin Roemers

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Gerhard Hiller (born 1921), a German veteran of World War II (WW2).."In the spring of 1944 we were feeling pretty relaxed in our bunker by the Normandy beach.  When we were on duty, we had to stand guard and keep watch.  When we were off, we used to walk between the mines to the beach to swim and sunbathe.  On 6 June I was on guard in my bunker.  When it got light I suddenly saw them appear: so many boats, too many to count.  We were stunned.  We had expected the Allies to land in Calais, not near us in Normandy.  Some of us started to pray.  A few men wet themselves.  The recruits, who had just had six weeks' training, panicked completely.  We, old soldiers from the front, could hear by the sound where the shells were going to hit and were able to take cover.  The recruits didn't do that and most of the casualties were among them."."I was taken as a prisoner of war and shipped to Texas.  In America I had to pick cotton with the Negroes.  The Americans treated us prisoners of war better than their black countrymen.  After the war we were taken to England.  We did hard labour there, restoration work they called it.  I wasn't released until 1948.  That was a violation of the war law, because all prisoners of war were supposed to be released when hostilities ended.  I left home as a nineteen-year-old soldier. When I went back home, I was twenty seven. I had missed the best years of my life.". CHECK with MRM/FNA