A platoon of soldiers went warily from house to house,
listening for the slightest sound, even that of a mouse.
Their task, to find and destroy snipers, who on them would fire,
after two days with no sleep, they were begining to tire.
One soldier, a corpral, into one house did go,
searching all rooms to the roof, but the surprise was down below.
Held firmly in his hand, his sten gun cocked and primed,
he ventured to the cellar, and in there he did find.
Eleven high ranking German Officers hiding in fear,
should Russian soldiers find them down here.
Surprise and alarm filled the lone Tommies heart,
ready and prepared, a gun fight to start.
The senior officer stepped forward and did salute,
implored the British soldier, please not to shoot.
"We will lay down our arms and surrender to you,
as your prisioners of war you must safely see us through.
If the Russians find us here, we will not live out the day,
we in no way will harm you, please lead us away."
Their arms were disguarded as tommy ascended the stone stair,
followed by eleven German Officers with arms in the air.
Out into the street in the bright light of day,
a lone British Soldier led his prisoners away.