Wwi Letter 1918 German Aviator Bomb Combat 91st Division Belgium Ww1 Military I
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Wwi Letter 1918 German Aviator Bomb Combat 91st Division Belgium Ww1 Military I:
An original World War One related letter including the envelope written by Frank Greene who was in the 316th Sanitary Train, 91st Division. The letter is dated Proven, Belgium Dec. 30th 18. (Some of his writing is a little hard to read, I translated the best I could.) The letter reads:
My dearest Mother
We wont get any more mail 'till we get back down in France..........The 91st div. post office moved several days ago..............Belgium is a century behind the times and France worse but for what these people have suffered I'd do anything for them. But for the little Belgium Army I'd hate to think of what would now be exisiting. In Brussels the Germans had a Flag (German of course) which required a box car to carry and which they intended to fly from the Eiffel Tower. It didn't fly from the tower because America came into the war, America which fought fair and clean and with an army which didn't know the meaning of the word retreat. Did you know that the American line never retreated?..............There's one night that I recall now when I was riding extra up beyond Isehgen when we came nearly meeting our Waterloo. The Bosches had a habit of coming over just after dark and flying low they'd be ableto pick out the roads, at regular intervals they'd drop one of those pretty little tin cans filled with T.N.T. Well this particular aviator kindly passed on over me about forty feet before he kicked out another bomb. The only satisfaction the son of a gun got was to throw a little dirt on my clothes. I went by the next morning and by daylight was able to see the effects of that particular "spite can." Well if that had dropped on your.....Dudley's head he'd been going yet-probably part of him flying promiscaly around the moon by this time. But there is one Dutchman who I'd like to put under the guilotine. The walloper was hidden when our boys took a wood and the next morning was inside our lines & what did the stubborn nut do but turn around a three inch gun and shell us all night. We could hear the gun very close and knew that there was something up. They got him at daylight but not before he'd accounted for about four Frenchmen. Well war has it's humourus sides as well as it's awfulness. But the two little mangled children, a boy and a girl with just life enough left to faintly cry will always be in my memory, the result of Kulten and greed. One expects to see men torn and helpless but little innocent children it's not good to look at..............Frank
Theletter is in good condition with some light wear, the envelope has wear.
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