Having been in battle and away from female warmth for untold nights, young soldiers staying in an abandoned house on a canal are captivated to see three women walking on the opposite side. But neither speaks the other's language and they must communicate primitively. Desperate for a rendezvous, one soldier goes into the house and emerges with a loaf of bread, holding it aloft. The women are enticed; there is almost no food available in this time of war. Realizing the persuasive power of their meager rations on the hungry women, another soldier, swimming in the canal, has a bright but dangerous idea. As Erich Maria Remarque writes in "All Quiet on the Western Front," said by some to be the greatest war novel ever, "Leer nearly drowns trying to demonstrate a sausage."
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