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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Battle of the Bulge: Language Error May Have Saved Lives

December 16, 1944: The Battle of the Bulge begins.

December 19, 1944: My father and Kurt Vonnegut, two intelligence scouts in the 106th Infantry Division, are captured by advancing Germans. Looking through a phrase book, my father screams, "Nein Scheissen," thinking he's asking them not to shoot him.

He's actually saying, "Don't shit."

That little mistake may have saved their lives.

3 comments:

A.J. Cordi said...

How?

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Don't Shit" as opposed to "Don't shoot" made the supermen laugh.

A.J. Cordi said...

That's what I figured - wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.