Treatment of Prisoners: An Excerpt from a Lieutenant’s Account of D-Day

Later that day I noted a white flutter or two from the snipers’ hedge.  What the snipers were using as white flags I know not, but it could have been their undervests.  They surrendered.  A small band of German prisoners began to collect on the beach, to be taken off later in the day.  They were well treated by the British soldiers, a fact which I found significant, for they had after all been sniping away, killing and wounding British soldiers.  I remember our troops selling cigarettes to prisoners, once the battle had passed on.  The commercial instincts of our troops were confirmed over and over again in the following months.  I never saw them robbing prisoners, but the sale of cigarettes at reasonably high prices was fairly common.

That was an excerpt from an account of D-Day by one of the soldiers who participated in the landings.  It is from a book of such accounts.  His entry in that book was titled:

Lieutenant D C Potter

Troop Leader

B Squadron