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