I was told this tale by the grandfather of my daughter-in-law. He lived in a village in North Germany, and had been an Obergefreiter in a Panzergrenadier outfit on the eastern front (funny how they were all on the eastern front isn't it) Anyhoo, he had walked home from Russia, and was keeping his head down, when the Gestapo rocked up and said that all the men, and the older boys of the village, were to take up defensive positions to repel the British. Heinrich, for that was the old chaps name, did as he was told and rounded up all the blokes, and armed them with the rifles left by the men in leather overcoats. After he had got them dug in, he sat and waited for the British to appear and when they did appear he fired a shot into the ground, and hoisted a white flag. After some hesitation the British infantry rounded them all up, and after they had explained the situation, they were sent home sans weapons. That was his "Tall Story" I would like to think it was true.