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

Luxembourg

January 20, 1945

Dear Mom,

It's been a little time since I had a letter from you, but we've had much snow and I suspect road and weather conditions have considerably slowed the mail. It is beginning to trickle through now.

The white blanket seems only to emphasize the bleakness and desolation of the area. The buildings stand sightless and uncovered like a blind man without an overcoat. A few gaunt cows stir about and an occasional pig runs pink and chilled down the road. Where the few civilians still live, heavy-furred dogs like Alaskan sled dogs wander aimlessly.

War has passed here with great violence and not even the heavy snow can completely blot out the frozen wreckage strewn on every side. Yet, withal, the country is magnificent and when the sun is out it makes a brilliant picture. But underneath it is harsh and cruel on the men who must burrow into it to live and to fight.



February 4, 1945

Finally found the letter I started two weeks ago. I was interrupted at the time and had to put it away. Meanwhile we moved. Every time we do that my stuff gets buried for days.

I still don't have much idle time as I now am writing some After Action Reports (a summary of operations) covering several months. It's quite a job and rather futile in a way since the Colonel usually rewrites most of it.

I had another session of pinch hitting for him recently when he was gone for a couple of days to speak over the Army Hour program. Possibly you heard him. It was the same program the AGF commander spoke on.

The other day at lunch I had an interesting encounter. A war correspondent turned out to be Aaron Bohrod, a Chicago artist of some repute. He works for LIFE magazine and you may have seen his work. He was for a time in the South Pacific. We had an interesting discussion. Nothing of great moment, but good "shop talk".

Did I tell you I had a Christmas card from Roy Becker? Apparently he's in the Pacific somewhere.

Gracie's popcorn balls came two days ago. They surely were good and more of the same would be welcome. They came in perfect condition and were fine and fresh. Many thanks.

Had one letter from Pop, one from Grace and one from you. Many thanks for these also.

Love,

Bob

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