World Battlefronts: Down the Rhine

To the French, the liberation of Strasbourg was next in importance to the freeing of Paris. Last week Paris celebrated; the sniper-infested ancient capital of Alsace could not. The Consultative Assembly sang and cheered. In the Place de la Concorde mounds of flowers banked the massive grey stone statue dedicated to Strasbourg. Through the day Parisians walked through the great square, to doff their hats at the statue. At night, midinettes celebrating the spinsters' feast, St. Catherine's Day, kissed many a G.I. who had never been near Strasbourg.

But Strasbourg represented more than a...

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