FRANCE: The Girls

No one could solve the problem of 23 Cherbourg poules (harlots) who camped inside an Allied hospital on the city's outskirts. The girls were terrified.

They had a right to be. In liberated Corsica, French rowdies had clipped and stripped whores who had dealt with Germans (see cut). In the Norman village of St.-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, townsfolk had rounded up a dozen poules, cropped their hair, paraded them through the streets, reviled them for trafficking with Germans.

The Cherbourg poules gestured to G-5 men: "The people will slit our throats like this—zippp—" Someone suggested a nunnery; the poules hooted. Then G-5 stopped fooling,...