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World War, 1939-1945; Letter writing; United States. Army
Davis writes, saying he has had a nice 11 days in Prague and he is now sitting on his hotel balcony composing this letter. He says he going to a neighboring night club every evening and has yet to find a date. He blames language barriers. Davis says that none of the people in the nightclub are smart enough to speak good English or German they do however speak a pidgin or broken English. Because of this, after some time the conversations become tiring. Davis also mentions he is getting a tan worth noticing. Davis talks about buying shirts, probably colored ones. He mentions he is anxious to open the mail from them once he returns to Munich on July 4. Davis gives a timeline of his trip starting on June 17. He also states that he has ordered four new white shirts for his dad. He writes that he is going to purchase a wool suit made for himself and has already bought five books from a huge bookstore.
Letadlem Par avion
Agt R. Davis
% PM NY
Mrs. R. L. Davis
30 June 1946
We have has a nice 11 days in Prague. Nothing extravagantly pleasant, but principally a good rest and relaxation. Sol has taken off for another week-end in the country, and on this Sunday afternoon I am sitting alone on our hotel balcony. Taking in the sun, reading and writing. Altho’ I say afternoon it is actually much later, being 8:30 p.m. I go every evening to a neighboring night club, the Lucerne, drink a couple of cognacs, listened to the music and dance a little. I guess I will go over there again tonite. For the last three times there I have not found a date, principally due to language troubles; none of the night-club dolls are intelligent enough to speak good English or good German. Of course, they are all clever enough to speak pidgin or even broken English. But there is tediousness in conversation of that sort that grows into exasperation.
During the course of my last week I am turning somewhat browner. A couple or three hours of sub every day. The trip home is what I’m waiting for, tho’. About 10 hours in the sun, plus the wind, in an open jeep, and I will have acquired a tan worthy of noticing. My plans for getting a good suit cloth are hindered by the time element. I’m afraid they wont have time to get it, since we are planning on returning to Munich by the 4th of July. However as that may be, I have some good white shorts, will try to get more, and at any rate will be able to purchase some nice enough colored ones.
I’m very anxious to read my mail from you both, which I’m sure has been piling up in Munich. Right now I shall open a can of “C” ration EGG AND POTATOES. Very good stuff. And then, off to the Lucerne.
24 June 1946
We left Munich on 17 June, got into Czechoslovakia on 18 June, and into Prague on 19 June. Life has been O.K., and we practically have no work to do. Just sit around and wait for reports. I have ordered 4 new white shirts for ^you Dad, which are being tailored in Karlsbod. Very good material. There is also a chance I’ll get some more white ones, and I’m getting more colored ones. I am also dealing with black tomorrow to get some wool cloth for a suit; real, good English wool. The first ^old case we have cleaned up finally. Our new case about which I wrote you we will get some information Saturday. We just sit back and let the Czech Communal Police—do the work, waiting ourselves on reports—Unfortunately for me they have a huge bookstore here I have already bought 5 books and read three.
For your entertainment late, I am keeping a rather detailed diary of each day.