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Wwii British Letter. Guards Armoured Brigade. Normandy.. Falaise, August 1944. For Sale
Thisisan interesting original WWIIBritish frontline letter, written inNormandyon the 9th ofAugust, 1944, by a soldier in the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. The letter is4 pages long. There is very good content, some of it quite emotional.
There is also a second frontlineletter included, written in Holland later in 1944. This letteris contained in the same cover as the August letter. There is excellent frontline content, including some good segments about German aircraft. This letter from Holland is missing it's first two pages, but the remaining pages areinteresting and informative. Itconsists ofpages 3-7 of a seven page letter.
*** These letters were written by 2615828 Guardsman Frederick Faulkner, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who landed in Normandy in June, 1944. (The 1st Grenadier Guards served in the Guards Armoured Division.) Guardsman Faulkner was wounded in about mid August 1944,evidently in the face and leg. His leg wound appears to have been serious, and he was evacuated to England in early September 1944. Apparently Faulkner returned to his unit at the front after recovering from his wounds.
The 9 August 1944 letterpages long. It was writtenby Guardsman was wounded.There is interesting content in which Faulkner expresses his feelings abouthis present circumstances, and his hope that the war would soon end. He believed that it would be over by Christmas:
"I am fine, but not as I should like to be, as it is not at all pleasant here. I say my prayers very often, and I am glad to say the Lord has answered them up to now.
On Sunday night we had a short service. It made me think. I thought to myself how nice it will be when I am able to chapel with you in peace. Love, I still have your photo with me, and when I look at it how I wish I was with you, and I think to myself, roll on the day when I can give those lips some more big kisses."
Faulkner had heard that leave was beginning for the men in France, but he didn't really want leave. He wanted the war to end so that he could go home for good:
"I hope this lot is over soon, as if I came home I should not want to come back. I do not think itwill last much longer. At the rate we are going at I give it Christmas There is content about a friend who had been injured by an exploding stove and would likely be evacuated to England. Later, from Holland, Faulkner states that there no longer seemed to be much danger from German planes. He had seen only a few since reaching his present location, and those that did appear were greatly outnumbered by Allied fighters:
"I don't think you have much need to be afraid of Jerry, as I have only seen four of his planes since we have been here. They don't get a chance, what few he sends over, as the sky is always full of fighters. They have shot ever so many down since this lot started. We have seen a lot of their remains on the salvage dumps, the best place for them."
Faulkner describes his dugout:
"Well darling, I am sitting in the same place as I wrote your other letter, in my dug out. It is like a little air raid shelter that I have dug out. It's about 8 feet deep."
Faulkner's wife was expecting a baby, and he washopeful that he would be home by thetimetheir child was born:
"I love you as much as ever, and I hope to be home before long, and I especially want to be home if possible when my baby comes into the world."
Interesting and emotionaloriginal frontline WWIIletters, written by a soldier whofought in Normandy in 1944 while serving in Britain's elite Grenadier Guards, was wounded in action in August 1944, and later returned to the front.
*** Please note that whereI have quoted from the letters in this listing I have made someminor corrections in spelling and grammar for purposesof clarity. I have taken care not to alter Faulkner's meaning in any pays shipping, $1.50 in Canada, $2.00 to the United States, $2.50 Overseas. Shipping costs may be combined with my other sales ending in the same weekas far as size and weight permit. The winning buyer must contact me within2 daysfollowing theend of the sale. Payment must be received within5 calendar days of the close of the sale. I accept Paypal only. Thank you.
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