10 May, 1945
Well, we crossed the Inn and reached a point within 6 miles of the Austrian border when they told us to come back to this town. The war is all over, although there is quite a bit of fighting going on in some spots where they have not been able to let the Germans know about the end of things.
We have spent the past 6 days celebrating the end of things and are making some hole in our supply of cognac. We did have three half-tracks, three trailers, and one little small trailer full of the stuff, but it’s going fast. Williams* and I had 48 bottles of cognac and 25 of champaign, and that is a good amount to use for a celebration of the end of the war.
We have been buying a lot of meat and have a pot roast almost every day. They think that in a few days they will start sending up rations by plane and we will again be able to get food at the kitchen truck. For the past month it has been nothing but “C” rations.
We will stay here for a time until they decide what to do with us. The people here try to be so friendly now that we are victors, but we find old pictures in every house of military parades in years past, and every house has a big swastika hanging in front of it, so I guess that all of them are the same. It was fine when they were winning, but “Nix Nazi” when it’s all over.
- Wartenburg – Wartenberg, Germany