GERMANY: Criterion: Beisen

Foot in mouth. Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein last week chose this defense for a necessary reduction of German food rations in the British zone to a near-starvation 1,000 calories a day: "Germans gave the inmates of Beisen only 800 calories." Short, spare Montgomery added: "Big, overgrown Germans have got to tighten their belts."

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!