TROOPS VANISH; FRATERNIZING IN REICH TABOOED

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TROOPS VANISH; FRATERNIZING IN REICH TABOOED

WITH THE FIRST U.S. ARMY, Germany, Sept. 24.—Lt. Gen. Courtney Hodges clamped down stricter discipline on his troops today, re-emphasizing orders forbidding fraternizing with German civilians, after several officers and MPs had been reported missing from outposts near the town of Roetgen.



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American GI’s gather around a jeep

A vigorous search has been launched among the German population in an effort to track down enemy agents and soldiers in civilian clothes filtering through the lines on errands of espionage and sabotage, according to Harold Denny, of the New York Times.

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US Army Military Policemen in Germany

Three American MPs disappeared after going out on night patrol near Roetgen, Denny reported and their riddled jeeps, helmets and the glasses of one were found on a road the next morning.

The order prohibiting fraternizing with civilians had been tightened even in Belgium because of the ease with which German spies can cross the border, posing as innocent Belgians.

The disappearance of the MPs culminated a series of attacks against U.S. personnel, especially at night, in rear areas where legitimate enemy fire would not be expected.



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  • Bill Getz says:

    During the time I was in Japan, early 1947 to mid-1949, fraternization with the populace was discouraged so as to not cause a resentment among the Japanese or to impose upon their limited supplies of food and goods. I do not recall whether it had been absolutely forbidden prior to my arriving. I do not recall a single instance where Allied troops were attacked by Japanese citizens.

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