From the July 1, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

As Allied troops liberate France, stories of French resistance are coming to light.

Two French-speaking GIs recently visited a farm on the Normandy coast. They saw a huge wine barrel in the corner of the barn. Thirsty, they asked:

“Is there any wine in that barrel?”

“It does not contain wine,” answered the Frenchman. “Look for yourselves.”

The GIs did, and found a small radio tucked away in the far end.

“The Nazis said that listening to the radio was ‘verboten,'” the Frenchman explained, “but I had to listen to the news of my country’s fight for liberty.”

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