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Wwii Frontline Letter, 80th Infantry Division, 1944. For Sale
This isa veryinteresting and emotional original WWII frontline letter, writtenon the 1st of December1944, by an Americaninfantrymanwho served in combat in the 1st Battalion of the 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. There isinteresting content in this2 page letter. This letter was writtenat the end of a period of very heavy fighting, immediatelyafter the 319th Infantry Regiment had participated in a series of successful attacks, over a period of several days in late November, against strong German opposition.
(This letter waswrittenat the endofa period of several days of heavy fighting. The 319th Infantry Regimenthad carried out attacks,on 25-26 November, against Maginot Line fortsnear Longeville-Les-St. Avold, and hadthen pushed on, resuming the attack on27 November.The 319th Infantry, along with the rest of the 80th Division, had then pushed into positions on the German border. Artillery of the 80th Division firedthe division'sfirst rounds into Germany the day before this letter was written, 30 November.
When this letter was written this soldier's battalion, 1stBattalion 319th Infantry,was occupying positions between Beting-Les-St. Avold, Bening-Les-St. Avold,and the Le Kneebusch woods.
The soldier who wrote this letter was wounded in action soon afterward. After recovery in hospital he was reclassified and reassigned.
*** This soldier was woundedby a German shellwhich hit his foxhole, in lateDecember 1944 or early January 1945. Ihave been unable to determine the precise dateon which hewas wounded.
The letter was written by Private William R. Roberts of Tennessee. page letterwas written on the 1st of December, 1944.Roberts, who had been involved in heavy fighting for several days, apologizesfor having been unable towrite recently:
"I am sorry I haven't written before, but just couldn't find time, so you will have to forgive me Roberts statesthat he had seenas muchof Franceas he everwished to see:
"You said you would like to see France. Well, as for me, I have already seen too much of it. There is nothing here that I care for at all. It may be much nicer when there is not a war on. So if you are planning on somewhere to go after the war, don't think of France."
Roberts was sad that he could not be home to spend Christmas with his wife. He hoped that he would be home for Christmas the followingyear:
"Sugar, I wish it could be this year like it was one year ago, when we were planning on our Christmas. But I am hoping before another year comes we will be able to enjoy things as we used to. Until that time we'll just have to make the best of it."
There is additional interesting content in this frontlineletter, including asegment in which Roberts states that he was having some problems with his feet and legs. He also states that he had not yet received some parcels from home that he was expecting. Private William R. Roberts served in combat from Normandyuntil about the beginningof the Battle of the Bulge, at which time he was wounded.Roberts spent the nextfew months in hospitals before being returned to duty. He never returned to combat or to the infantry. Heappears to have beenmedically reclassified, (probably to Category2B),and spentthe remainder of the war in France assigned to service and support units.
An interesting and emotional original WWII letter, written on the front lines,on the border of France andGermany,by a combatsoldier in the 80th Infantry Division who was later wounded in action.
*** Uponrequest I will e-mail to the winning buyer scansof an additionaloriginal letter, written by Private Roberts in France in 1945. Inthis additional letter Roberts discussesbeing wounded andevacuated to a hospital in Nancy.
Please note thatWillam Roberts' spelling and grammar were poor. Where I have quoted from the letter in this listing I have made some minor corrections for purposes of clarity. I have taken care not to alter Roberts' 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 week, as far as package size and weight permit. Payment must be received within 5 calendar days of the end of the sale. I accept Paypal only. Thank you.
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