Toward the American lines streamed caravans of weary, frightened Germans.
They were fleeing in terror from the Russians. At Grossbothen, a hamlet by the Mulde River, the refugees milled around the barricaded bridge.
In the crowd one woman stood out, a tall blond woman in a grey-green woolen suit with a green alpine hat, woolen stockings, and heavy walking shoes. Despite the pack on her back, she walked erect.
To the American guard at the bridge she gave a note addressed to his commander.
It was signed Princess Elisabeth Solms-Lich, with the notation, "Relative of English Royal Family" (her cousin, she said was the Grand...