Wwii Frontline 1st Infantry Division Letter. Normandy, July 1944. Battle Content
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Wwii Frontline 1st Infantry Division Letter. Normandy, July 1944. Battle Content:
This isan interestingand emotional original WWIIV-Mail letter, writtenon the front lines in Normandy, in July1944, by a soldier who served in combat in the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, which landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. There is content in this letter about the hardships and hazards of frontline service. This soldier. who was fighting in his third major campaign,writesthat he was tired ofdodging bullets, planes, and artillery, and of being unable to light a cigarette in the open for fear that the enemy might see it.Heexpresses resentmentthat hewas still fighting after two yearswhile millions of other men in the army had never yet been in combat. He adds that the people at home in the United States had noideawhat soldiers in combat had to endure:
"I still miss you sweetheart, and it hurts very much when you can't do anything about it.... 2 years over here is enough for anybody... I guess somebody has to be over here though. And then, I often wonder where the 8 million other men are they have in this army. I'm tired of this life over here, dodging bullets, planes, and artillery. I'd like to smoke a cigarette without having to hide so the enemy can't see it. If the people back there could only see the hell the men have to go through I think they would wake up."
*** This letterwas written in Normandy on the 22nd of July, 1944, by Private Armand Cashier, Company G, 16th Infantry.I have not fully researched the service of Private Cashier, but I do know that he served in North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy. He was wounded at least once. Healmost certainlylanded in Normandy with his regiment at Omaha Beach on D-Day. June 6th, 1944.
An excellent original frontline V-Mail letter, written in Normandy in July 1944 by a soldier who served in several important campaigns in the famed 1st Infantry Division, "The Big Red One."
***In addition to the original V-Mail letter offered in this listing I wille-mail tothe winning buyer, upon request, a scan of another V-Mail letter written by Private Cashier in Normandy in which he discusses sending home the Purple Heart medal that he had received for being wounded.I will also e-maila scan of a letter written by Private Cashier in Sicily in July 1943. In this letter from Sicily Private Cashier discusses his service in North Africa, as well as some aspects of the Sicily
Additional research is needed.
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