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Ww2 Diaries Journals. France Belgium Holland Germany. Tour Of Dachau. 195 Pages For Sale
These are the diaries of an American GI serving with the 3052nd Salvage Collecting Co. of the 9th Army. His name was William E. Doane from Marblehead, MA. The entries begin on Jan 1st, 1945 and continue through July, 16 when he finally returns to the US.
The mission of the Salvage Service is the prompt saving of serviceable and unserviceable material abandoned or worn out in warfare, the exploitation of captured supplies and the utilization of waste materials. He was very busy. He describes various incidents with German civilians, guarding prisoners, and his duties at collecting points. There are many descriptions of American bombings andattacks by German planes. He spent three days living with a Belgian family and describes the experience in some detail. There are lots of observations, political comments and descriptions of the massive destruction everywhere.
He went on a tour of Dachau andgot the autograph of the Polish priest who led him through.
The first book is a leather bound journal measuring 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. with 120 pages of writing. The second book measures 6 x 4 in. and has 75 pages of writing. These are very good diaries as the soldier had excellent penmanship and wrote quite well. All entries are legible nad easy to read. There is no damage, no missing or torn pages.
There is an 8 x 11 in. page describing the exact route of his journey from Ft. Slocum to Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and his return to the US.
I have attempted to photograph a sampling of the entries.
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Ww2 Diaries Journals. France Belgium Holland Germany. Tour Of Dachau. 195 Pages: $249