World: DUSK IN THE RHONE VALLEY

Well up the Rhone valley toward Lyons, a U.S. motorized cavalry reconnaissance troop, feeling the way for the main body, was stopped before a German resistance pocket. After sundown, TIME Correspondent John Osborne dropped in at the troop's farmhouse command post, saw the following little scene in the great drama of war.

The lieutenant, his sergeant and I sit down together. They both drop into silence. Soon I realize that they are half asleep, hunched on the boxes that serve for chairs. A German shell bursts in the air just over the house and...

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