Foreign News: Interpreters & Mistresses

Many U.S. occupation officers half-envied General Fatten. Their troubles were just beginning.

The reality of the occupation problem was being driven home to them in a thousand little failures. Americans were losing face, Germans recovering their arrogance. They sometimes spoke to U.S. officers with their hands in their pockets, a sign of gross disrespect in Germany. They openly mocked the G.I.'s kidding, gum-chewing, easygoing ways. Former Hitler Youth even joined "Resistance Clubs" to fight the foreigners.

The G.I.s, ill-prepared for the occupation at any stage, were totally unprepared for this. Newcomers, replacing the combat veterans, lacked even the stimulus of a dimming anger....

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