#story 'March to the Rhine' after the Armistice - Presentations by Civilians /Conditions of Civilians/Conditions of Prisoners of War.
#story Author of diary 2 Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment describes 'March to the Rhine' after Armistice. Civilian’s welcome and presentations also Enemy's rapid retreat. On link: http://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD00033o9
#story Also conditions of returning POW & civilian evacuees they met, former chiefly Italian/French and a sprinkling of British on the roads. The inhabitants of Villages spoke of the harshness in which they had been treated by the enemy for past 4 years etc. Continuing on link: http://talk.operationwardiary.org/#/subjects/AWD00033qh
#story The feeling of the inhabitants of the towns and villages changed towards the advancing Army as they neared the German Frontier. Author of the Diary of the 2 Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment describes how it changed:-
After the Armistice 2nd Brigade crossed frontier and for the first time billeted on German soil.
- As Battalion marched nearer the German Frontier, the nature of towns-villages and inhabitants changed.
- The welcome the advancing Army had received gave place in some cases to sullen looks and refusals to give up billets.
- A certain underlying pro German sentiment became apparent and villages on the whole became dirtier as the march progressed.
- Strict instructions were issued to German civilians as to their behaviour and respect to be paid to Officers and men.
- On the whole instructions complied with, some civilians hospitable and made men comfortable. No hostile feelings encountered by the Battalion. 6) Some cases of theft and destruction of property were heard of.
- To maintain order, extra guards and picquets were posted at night but no trouble was experienced.
by ral104 moderator, scientist
Interesting accounts of the situation following the Armistice. Thanks.