World Battlefronts: MEN AT WAR: Baby Patrol

On the Third Army front in France, soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division eyed a bleak chateau in no man's land and waited for night to fall. There were children in the house—81 of them, by best reports—and they had to be taken out.

After dark the 35th's volunteer "baby patrol"—a French captain, an American officer and ten G.I.s—slipped across the line, sloshed across 1,000 yards of rainswept marsh, crept into the house.

The information, they found, was correct. There were 81 of them, the oldest six, the youngest two years old; they were frightened, without shoes and only half clothed. Each...

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