By Charles Towne
Normandy, early June, 1944. The kid was 18 years old. He was one of the many thousands in the allied invasion force sent to wrest control of France from the grasp of its German conquerors.
The German Wehrmacht, (War machine) was poised and waiting like a hungry, blood thirsty predator to pounce, and ultimately to destroy the mixed force of allied invaders.
Thousands of men died on those invasion beaches.
It was on the second day that the platoon the kid was with happened upon a series of concrete German machine gun bunkers. The platoon was hunkered down just trying to stay alive when one of the men cursed and exclaimed, “What in the h—l is that kid trying to do, get himself killed?”
The men looked, and there that green kid was, walking toward that German bunker with his M1 held across his chest like he was on parade. They expected to see him get cut down in a hail of machine gun fire but it didn’t happen.
The kid walked up to the bunker cool as you please and pounded on the door with the butt of his rifle. A minute later the door swung open and one of the Germans stood there talking to our man.
Then, would you believe it, the German walked back inside, and a minute later he led 21 German soldiers outside where they all laid down their weapons and stood in front of the kid with their hands in the air. Would you believe it?
By the time he was finished, that 18-year old kid led 67 German soldiers back to headquarters company all by himself. He explained his actions this way, “I’d seen enough killing on the beach when we landed. I expect those German soldiers had too. If they were half as scared as I was they would be happy to surrender, they just needed to be asked!”
Perhaps that is the reason we don’t see greater results in our Christian walk, we don’t ask? Remember, Papa God is just yearning to be asked.
Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.