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Letter from Germany, 1944 January 01

By Robert D. Davis


Davis describes his New Year\u27s Eve: setting off fireworks (some of which were bombs), and how much he had to drink. He writes of his New Year\u27s Day: enemy planes, receiving mail from his Aunt, getting a full turkey from rations, and Stostny\u27s group having a dog. Transcription: AFTER FIVE DAYS PLEASE RETURN TO Pfc Robert D Davis 1810714 CoE, Det, I7E3, 3rd, ECA APO 658 ‘So Postmaster NY NY AIR MAIL Mrs. R L Davis 1619 Boston Muskogee, Oklahoma New Years Chang ack+ack 1st. January, 1944 Germany Dear Folks, We had a very pleasant New Year’s Eve, and morning, spiced with not a little action. Last night around midnite we had a “fireworks” display of Ack-Ack against a few flying bombs being sent over. 2t was the ?? time 2’d seen any- very well. These were up at a terrific altitude, only small little points of light-starlike in magnitude- moving very slowly on the wicked journey. The officers gave us 1qt. gin and a quart of champagne- so we had plenty to drink. It was a good champagne too; Mumm’s Gordon Rouge. This morning, after breakfast, things really started with a bang. Enemy planes came over and they were throwing all kind of shell at them. Within 30 min. 3 planes had been shot down; the last one in flame, and tearing along barely over the roof tape, went by about a block from our house. You could see it very clearly, a Focke-Wulf 190. It crashed in a few blocks distance. When all the Ack-Ack gets going- their tracers look like Roman candles. Got my 1st mail yesterday: a letter from Aunt Mattie and a box from her: soap, cigarettes, a little note book, and a wash-rag: All of which I can use now. No more mail, except an x-mas card from France; so he finally is getting to use his German. Yesterday Lapan-my buddy- and I went down to draw rations and they gave us a complete turkey. We handed it over to the cook, who is going all out again in a mysterious way for tonite’s supper. So we are groaningly and happily anticipating another gigantic spl splurge this evening. Oh yes! Remember me telling you Stostny’s group had a dog? So does this one, a German police puppy: 3 mos old, named Major. Love, Bob

Topics: WWII, letters, World War 2, New Year\u27s Eve, New Year\u27s Day, fighter plane
Publisher: Open Works
Year: 1944
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