IF BOSSY THE COW IS KILLED IN BATTLE, OWNER MAY NOT COLLECT

From the September 25, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24–Whether a French farmer collects immediate cash for his blasted bovines depends upon whether bossy died in a battle or after a battle.

If a shell blows a cow to greener pastures in combat between German and American forces, international understandings and American law render the chances of the farmer’s collecting rather thin. Collection for combat damage rests primarily on the possibility that a little reparation money extracted from a defeated belligerent eventually might sift down to the farmer.

However, should the cow be run over by an American truck after the battle has moved on, the chance of collection is much brighter. U.S. law provides for payment of individual claims up to $5,000 for losses or injuries resulting from non-combat accidents.



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American troops take cover behind dead cows in Normandy.



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