Title from the Peter Fox song
Also, the original inspiration for this little thing as well. Oh, the First World War, aren't you so cheerful. This is set in Dec 1918.
So it was mostly written for
's "after the war contest". I got to thinking about it and banged out a little story because there IS no after the war, not for you at least Harry Brandt. I imagine having to occupy Germany at the end of the first world war when you're a first generation German-American is not a fun trip.
Some fun facts about the American army at the time: There were sergeants and first sergeants who were slipped into most every regiment to check the translators or anyone with a german-esque last name for treason, desertion, even just sympathizing with the enemy could get you in bad trouble. So I assume Harry has to be pretty careful not to get caught. Fortunately his Major doesn't give a damn as long as all the work gets done, and at this point since all the selected divisions are massing on Coblenz to set up an occupation point in the Rhineland, it's unlikely that any such spy-sergeants have managed to slip into his unit yet.
So, I'm pretty sure the history is correct but someone jump in if you think I've messed up. Also I don't know German and I used a translator but we all know how reliable those are, so if I made a German mistake please tell me.