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World War, 1939-1945; Letter writing; United States. Army
Envelope addressed to: "Mrs R.L. Davis 16119 Boston Muskogee, Oklahoma" From: "Sgt. Robert Davis 18107121 G237, Co. E, 3MGR APO 403, Pm. N.Y." Davis provides a day by day itinerary of his Swiss furlough from the 16th to the 26th. He writes about how depressing France was. He compares it to Germany, which still enjoys some luxuries due to the citizens' hard work and the presence of US troops, and Switzerland, which he describes as "fat and prosperous". Davis writes that though he has great admiration for the French people, he finds being in France in its current state of decay is slightly repellent to him.
Sgt. Robert Davis 18107121
G237, Co E, 3MGR
APO 403, %
U.S. ARMY POSTAL SERVICE MAR 4 1946 9
Mrs. R. L. Davis
26 February 1946
Here is a day by day itinerary of my Swiss furlough.
16th Sat. nite: Drove from Ingolstadt to Munich @ 9 p.m. Slept at the R.R. station.
17th Sunday: Left @ 6:30 a.m. on train for Strasbourg. 3rd Class Coaches, rotten traveling. Had a chicken dinner in record quick time at Karlsruche Germany. Got into Strasbourg at 8 p.m. Slept on Transient camp.
18th Monday: Left Strasbourg for Muhlhaus Muhlhaus, France, close to the Swiss border at Basle. Spent the day in lines, being oriented, getting VISAS, getting money changed. Saw a movie in the evening, slept there.
19th Tuesday: Went into Switzerland, passed the customs at Basle. Took train to Zurich, slept there.
20th Wednesday: Left Zürich, went to Flims, in the ruts, stayed there Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
24th Sunday: Left Flims, went to Basle.
25th Monday: In Basle.
26th Tuesday: Left Basle, went to Mühlhaus, and entrained for Strasbourg, where I just arrived an hour ago.
I wrote you elsewhere what a depressing spectacle France was. It is a sad sight, even in comparison with Germany. In Germany everyone works like ants, and the universal presence of our troops provides all Germans with those elements of luxury to which the French were once used; cigarettes, candy, army food rations (all of which are a very significant item in the present German economy.) Coming into France from so fat and prosperous a country and as Switzerland only makes the comparison worse. Somehow, the ghastly picture of French decay makes being in France slightly repellant, much as I like and admire the people. But then one only sees the pimps and block-marketeers, most prominently, I mean.