Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel inspects the 21st Panzer Division in May 1944.

In addition, minefields were laid wherever airborne landings might be expected. We were somewhat concerned that the civilian population could move about freely. We even had to leave passages open in the minefields, so that the peasants could go about their business. Evacuation was not considered. Why should it be? We didn’t know, after all, where a landing might take place.

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