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

Germany

May 5, 1945

Dear Mom,

At last I'm caught up again and can breathe easily for a while. We were moving so fast these past weeks that my reports were way behind. But now I am pretty much up-to-date.

We've just had a unique experience. An entire German armored division surrendered to us. It's no slouch outfit, either. The men look pretty good from all reports and their officers are first rate. It will bring our prisoner total over 80,000.

The situation is breaking fast. It appears to be just a question of time. We still have some fanatics in front of us, however.

I'm sending you two pictures which came to me recently. The dressed up one was taken in England during the time I was in Birmingham when I first arrived overseas. The other more recent was taken not long ago. I don't recall the exact date.

It was good to hear you had such a marvelous vacation. You ought to take time off more often. Our weather has been much the same as yours - cold, rainy, disagreeable. Even some snow flurries once in a while. It's a rather damp climate.

This town has a fine little motion picture house and we've been running our films there for the soldiers. I took a couple of hours off the other day to see a U.S.O. show there - my first that I have had opportunity to see. It was quite good and since I had met all of the performers I enjoyed it that much more.

We've had a wonderful place here in our present location. It's an office and house combined and quite nice. For the first time we had running hot water. After a few days we got the house lights going. And there are three or four flush toilets, which are more common in Germany than in France, but not is such great numbers here either.

Your letters have been coming along fairly well in spite of our rapid movement but there have been some periods of delay. I hope I can write a little more regularly from now on. In my last two reports I've had to write something like 30,000 - 40,000 words, so you can appreciate that I get "written out."

The air mail TIME has just begun to arrive and is coming in regularly. Many thanks. I certainly enjoy it a lot. One of the few things I get a chance to read.

This is some air mail paper I picked up at our present place. How do you like it?

Love,

Bob

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