Major Robert F. Burns

90th Division, U.S. Army

 

War Letters from Europe

Normandy to Germany

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Letters from France

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
September 2, 1944
September 3, 1944
September 3, 1944 (2nd)
September 14, 1944
September 16, 1944
September 16, 1944 (2nd)
September 17, 1944
September 28, 1944
October 2, 1944
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

Letters from Germany

February 9, 1945
February 21, 1945
February 23, 1945
February 26, 1945
April 5, 1945
May 5, 1945

Letters from Czechoslovakia

May 10, 1945
May 16, 1945

Letters from Germany

May 19, 1945
May 20, 1945
May 24, 1945
June 3, 1945
June 22, 1945

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

Paris, France

December 17, 1945

Dear Mom,

Well they finally decided they had authority to run the schools here until next July, so they are continuing our courses as schedule. In my case, this means Jan 11. I don't expect to continue after that date so will probably start for home shortly thereafter.

The main office in Paris which was running all this business has just about folded up which leaves the exhibition pretty much up in the air. The school wanted the American Embassy to run it, but it seems they can't sponsor it alone but only in conjunction with a military agency. They promised to work on it, however. Everyone brought in his work the other day and it looks as if it will be as interesting a show as any other here.

The boxes of cookies and films arrived, week before last, along with your letter, Grace's and John's. Many thanks for all. Last week your Christmas card only came.

The weather is colder now and much clearer so I may be able to get a few more pictures, though everything is pretty drab.

We had snow flurries one night last week but no more since. Later the temperature went to 8 degrees below zero. This is Centigrade, however, and while I have forgotten my conversion, I think this puts it in the 20's (above) in our Fahrenheit temperature. Anyway, I've put on my woolen undershirt. The French family I wanted you to send coffee to washed my sweater for me and it came out nicely. I'll write Grace later about the package for them because I want to get this in the mail today.

I bought some new low shoes at the PX the other day for 179 francs which is about $3.25. They are very nice and much needed for I was through my others to the insole. It would have cost me as much to get the old ones repaired with the price of everything here. I had already had them repaired once.

All services like this are terribly high. It costs me $1.50 to get my trousers dry cleaned (one pair) and $.60 for one shirt (wood) and we can only send them out about once a month.

Since I'm going to be here I've saved one package for Christmas. I don't off-hand remember which it is for I'm writing this away from home. I'll probably spend Christmas day with this French family. Hope you all have happy holidays.

Love,

Bob

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