In our time together, we sometimes discuss history, politics, etc., and we finally got around to discussing WWII. It was interesting to hear him talk about his family's division between support and opposition to Mussolini and the Fascist government. I asked him what his family thought of the German occupation, especially after the surrender or armistice declared by the Italian king. I'm not sure if that's how it happened or not. Nevertheless, Italy changed sides and the Germans didn't like it.
He mentioned that his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, all had different views of the Germans. His great grandmother neither liked or disliked them accept as they affected her abilities to obtain food, medicine, etc. for her family. The grandmother did not like the Germans because she was a young woman and the Germans were continually whistling at and pursuing her for romantic/sexual reasons. His mother, who was a child, liked the Germans because they tended to give her food, candies and in one case one of them threw his body over hers to protect her during a bombing.
Do any of you know of similar stories from the Civil War?