THE NATIONS: Hot Curve

Post Five, in the rocky heights north of Trieste, was in the string of outposts along the new boundary between Yugoslavia and Italy. Early in the morning of R-day (when the new boundary was to become effective), Lieut. William Van Dyke Ochs Jr. and twelve other U.S. soldiers had hastily moved back to Post Five. The Yugoslavs had suddenly given notice that they were moving up to the new line nine hours ahead of the agreed time. About 3 a.m., Ochs saw 34 Yugoslav Army vehicles drive up on the other side of the boundary. A Yugoslav lieutenant colonel...

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