That Ludendorff bridge thing (TIME, March 19): what a solid gold 23-jewel opportunity for future German schoolbook historians!
Scene: Any 6th-grade history class in Germany, 1965.
Teacher: Emil Holzkopf, who won the last war?
Emil: Germany won it, through her mighty and invincible army.
Teacher: Why was our dear Fatherland so magnanimous in granting peace terms? . . .
Emil: A foul traitor purposely failed to destroy one bridge, as he had been ordered. The half-witted and stupid Americans came across that bridge, and in cowardly manner marched around and past our brave armies. ... In order to rid our holy soil of this vermin,...