Does that mean I have no tale of inventive soldiers for Veterans Day? Dunberidiculous!
Research often results in serendipity and among my French anthologies I found a story I love and know by the name of "The Nose Tree." I had mistakenly believed it was German, but not collected by the Brothers Grimm. Laura Valentine, called on the title page, Mrs. Valentine, collected and edited it in her book, The Old, Old Fairy Tales. She gives the background of the work, but the book itself isn't dated. She traces the stories origins to Straparola's "Notti Piacevoli" (1550) in Italian & the French "Contes des Fees" (1560). Since it was indexed in the 1915 Index to Fairy Tales I know it's safely Public Domain.
While waiting, if you are in my area, catch the Public Domain story of Anne of Green Gables as a musical. It's the longest running musical in the world appearing every year at Prince Edward Island, but here's a local production I'm sure you'll enjoy. (My Annual Foolishness of one play or musical per year was extended when a vacancy occurred in the cast. Knew so many in the show, I just had to agree.)