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World War, 1939-1945; Snowfall
Davis writes about the snowy weather, being in the front lines of battle, and seeing a destroyed village.
Pfc. Robert D. Davis, 18107121
CoE, Det. I7E3, 3rd ECA
c/o Postmaster, N.Y. N.Y.
Mrs. R. L. Davis
visit lay stacks
Jan. 2nd, 1944
The weather’s pretty chilly now, and no sign of getting warmer. This after-noon it snowed again, but the net result of over two days snow was not enough to cover the ground. Snowey weather is pretty jolly tho’, as long as you’re inside and warm: those poor boys on the front are the ones who get pretty cold. Lately I’ve made my first visits to the front line. It’s about like what the news-reels show, with everyone living in fox-holes or excavations of some kind. In one place they had dug under a hay stack, and had a cellar like entrance and a protruding smoke-stack. Everywhere in the gutted villages approaching the front, you all wrecked buildings, and smoke-stacks and crooked chimney’s sticking out of the cellars: all the cellar win-down blocked or stuffed up with rubble, to keep out the cold.
One learns several things up here, little battle sidelites: when a simple jerry plane comes over and drops a bomb, you act and hold your heath; because they carry 2. [Such as just happened. The 1st one landed within 2 blocks, we waited a bit. 5 min. for the second one - away.] Also when you just hear the whistle of a shell, you duck to the earth, because it’s “incoming mail.” When there’s an explosion at 1st, then the whistle don’t worry it’s “outgoing mail.” Today I did my 1st ducking, while out paying a “visit” to the front. Jerry shelled the grain elevator where were loading wheat. The loading was interrupted by three trips down cellar.
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