What do soldiers do if they find out that the enemy is underage?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 18, 2020 04:54 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 18, 2020 04:54 PM

Years ago, I read an account from a German officer of an incident in the closing months of WWII. His unit of Hitler Youth were occupying a position. He was informed early one morning by his NCO that a squad of their “soldiers” was outside and needed to see him.

They came in and told of how another unit had come and caught them unaware, and stolen all their weapons. Since they were given newer, more modern equipment than the veteran units, this wasn’t an uncommon thing.

He spoke to them, and tried to calm them down and get more information, so he could perhaps find out who had done it. Suddenly, one of the lads piped up “they were wearing red berets!”

He silently looked at the NCO, and then told the boys he would look into it.

Why? Germans didn’t wear berets. The only ones who did were the British Paras. What had apparently happened was the Paras found the boys sleeping, and decided that, rather than killing a bunch of children, they’d just take the weapons. So they did.

Presumably, the boys survived the war, and went on to become productive members of society, instead of adding a few children to the toll of the war

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