It was a bitterly cold day during World War II when a contingent of American soldiers captured a large group of German soldiers. Dropping their rifles, the Germans held up their hands with mittens on and shouted:
"Gott mit uns!"

Literally those three German words mean 'God with us.' It is a common prayer in Germany, meaning, 'God is with us' or 'May God be with us!'

The Americans mistakenly thought the Germans were trying to tell them that they had mittens, that they were saying: "We got mittens."

So the Americans, cautiously holding their rifles in one hand, held up their free hand and shouted back:
"We got mittens too!"


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