Major Robert F. Burns

90th Division, U.S. Army

 

War Letters from Europe

Normandy to Germany

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June 22, 1944
June 29, 1944
June 29, 1944 (2nd)
July 6, 1944
July 17, 1944
August 10, 1944
August 14, 1944
August 25, 1944
September 1, 1944
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September 14, 1944
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September 17, 1944
September 28, 1944
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October 14, 1944
October 22, 1944
November 2, 1944
November 12, 1944
November 24, 1944
December 2, 1944
December 27, 1944

Letters from Luxembourg

January 9, 1945
January 16, 1945
January 20, 1945

Letter from Belgium

February 7, 1945

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February 9, 1945
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May 5, 1945

Letters from Czechoslovakia

May 10, 1945
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May 19, 1945
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Letters from France

June 30, 1945
July 3, 1945

Letters from Germany

July 14, 1945
July 27, 1945
July 30, 1945
August 3, 1945
August 14, 1945

Letters from France

August 26, 1945
August 28, 1945
August 29, 1945

Letters from Germany

September 9, 1945
September 11, 1945
September 13, 1945
September 15, 1945
September 17, 1945
September 23, 1945
September 27, 1945
October 1, 1945
October 9, 1945

Letters from France

October 13, 1945
October 15, 1945
October 22, 1945
November 5, 1945
November 17, 1945
November 17, 1945 (2nd)
November 23, 1945
November 30, 1945
December 17, 1945
December 17, 1945 (2nd)
December 18, 1945
December 26, 1945
January 2, 1946

Letters from Belgium

January 14, 1946
January 15, 1946
January 17, 1946
January 17, 1946 (2nd)

Letters from France

January 21, 1946
January 24, 1946

France

November 12, 1944

Dear Mom,

Haven't heard from you for several weeks but I suspect it's partly because I've changed jobs and my mail hasn't caught up with me. Then, too, it's been very uncertain of late. I got one of your letters from Sept. 14 and two of Grace's from the same time together with one from Grace of Oct. 15 all at the same time, during which period I got yours of later date.

I got summoned to my new job very abruptly one morning recently and I've been on the go ever since. It came as a surprise to me, but apparently has been under consideration for some time by the powers that be. I am now Assistant G-3, which means I am now right hand man to the Division G-3, whose job is the same in the Division as mine was in the Battalion.

However, my work is considerably increased in some ways and lessened in others. I have more assistants to do the actual labor, but I also need to know many more items. I've had to learn a lot of stuff in a hurry and that, together with our small staff, has me putting in about 20 hours a day. It's a rat race on a big scale, but it's fun.

My new boss, Lt. Col. Stilwell, asked for me particularly, so he's easy to work for as you might expect. I, of course, know him well from my former job.

Big disadvantage is that it gets you removed from the actual war. Down in Battalion wasn't so bad, for you could see things happening on the ground, but up here you have to depend largely on reports for that sort of thing.

We don't eat as well as "Olson's Cookery", but it doesn't matter for I get far less exercise and don't need the fat.

In some ways Americans are an expressionless people. Recently I was billeted with a Polish family. They insisted I come into the kitchen for a chat though I couldn't speak Polish or French and they couldn't speak English. The two children, a boy 14 and a girl 15, were smart as whips and acted more or less as interpreters. But it was hardly necessary. I sat there for four hours and it was so entertaining I hated to leave to go to bed.

They were wonderful actors and when I wouldn't understand, which was often, they would tell me by gesture and pantomime so I could hardly mistake them. I, lacking their ability, seemed quite dumb by comparison. If I didn't get their first attempt, they'd take counsel and try a new tack, which would work. In the course of the evening I learned their whole history.

Love,

Bob

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Capt. Robert F. Burns, 0384203
Hq. 90th Inf. Div. - G-3 Sec.
APO 90, c/o Postmaster
New York, New York

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