Entering a village in Brittany, August 1944
Entering a village in Brittany, August 1944

“The demonstrations in the villages...bring mixed feelings.  Wildly cheering, flower-tossing crowds line the streets and if you dared stop they’d mob you and the whole column would have to stop.    ...But then you see an old couple standing by the road, waving a home made American flag that hasn’t got the proper number of stars on it, all choked up ...with tears streaming down their faces, and you ask yourself – What the Hell is the matter with people that they’ve got to act like animals? – Jesus Christ Almighty, or Somebody why is it?" - 

Letter from France, August 16, 1944