“I served in the RAF Codes & Ciphers Branch and was indoctrinated into the mysteries of Enigma and the One-Time Pad code. I was seconded to General Bradley’s US 12th Army Group HQ and landed in Normandy in 1944 for the advance on Paris.
It was now December and bitterly cold – lots of ice and snow. Out of the blue at 4a.m. on December 16th came a major attack on the American front. There was pandemonium as the Germans broke through the US lines, troops retreating and the populations streaming back from the German advances. The GIs ran out of ammo. and threw their rifles away – some 8000 were taken prisoners of war. We were cut off in Luxembourg city as the Germans had separated the 12th Army from the US 1st Army further north as they were making for Brussels. We carried thermite bombs in a safe in our operations vehicle to be used to destroy our codebooks and machines. We had rifles fully loaded with us at all times.
We were dropped supplies of food and more important the GIs got further weapons and ammo. supplies. At one stage we were being served up five boiled sweets for one meal!"
This meal of five boiled sweets became an apocryphal family story!
(See Advance into Paris for an earlier story from Dad's memoirs)
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