Diary entry of Josephine Lefèvre (USEAAR, #26)

This post is part of an after-action report of Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games) and therefore entirely fictitious.

Brussels, December 21, 1942

I know I should not be euphoric. We have been liberated before. But that was a heroic dash which worked on surprise. This time, the Germans knew what was coming – and so did we: Brussels was shelled and bombed for over a month before the German resistance was broken and they left, the great multi-national host which is the Eighth Army at their heels. British soldiers, of course, but also South Africans, Poles, and Free French. Allegedly, there is also a Free Belgian artillery battery attached to the army, although I have not seen any soldier from there, nor has anyone else.

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Citizens of Brussels cheer for their liberators. Photograph BU 479 from the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

But euphoric I am now, enjoying the cheer at the Allied motorcades at day and the silence without bombs and shells at night. I feel that the war is coming to an end, and that we will be free.

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