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Shouldn't been happend. Personal protection gear should not be seized from POWs.
During the war the crew of a shot down German bomber surrendered to my grandfather as he was first on the scene and a member of the local Home Guard. He was disgusted with the regular British soldiers, who came to take the German airmen, as they stripped the Germans of valuables like watches. My grandfather did protest but there wasn't much else that he could do as it was one man against a whole group of British soldiers. We were supposed to be fighting the Nazis not behaving like Nazis.
 
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