World Battlefronts: Oh, Jenny, Dinna Toss Your Head

To soldiers who "read" their shirts for the vicious grey beasties that infest fighting men far from water, the German Army issued a stern order (captured and broadcast by the delighted Russians):

"Recently there have been many instances of envelopes mailed at field posts containing live lice to show to families. The senders do not realize the danger . . . of spreading typhus. ... A mutual comradely education must prevent the country from being subjected to such acts."

A Scot who spied a louse on a lady's bonnet in church had said it with more sprightliness:

Oh, Jenny, dinna toss your head,

And set...

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