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

October 15, 1945

Dear Mom,

No school today and tomorrow, I guess, for I see a notice on the board to meet at the school on Wednesday morning. Maybe we'll get started then.

This afternoon I went to the Autumn Exhibition of Paris Artists at the Museum of Modern Art. It is a large show with several thousand paintings and drawings and considerable decorative work. It is a little too much to absorb at one time and I'll try to get there again. One good thing is there is no charge at any of the museums for military personnel.

This exhibition runs the whole gamut of French art "isms" and there are many wasted canvases. But it is a lively show. They certainly have a flair for the decorative and both this and their book illustrations are superb.

Now I'll give you some idea of my own set-up. I am a student in a civilian institution under the Army Educational Program. A certain number of Army people are sent to civilian schools over here and in England at Government expense for work that is more advanced than the regular educational program given in unit schools such as I was running.

I am on "Detached Service". We are still on a military status and live in Government quarters and eat at Army operated messes. But the whole Civilian Agency Program, as it is called, is purposely kept as "civilian" as possible and actually we are pretty much like any university student attending college anywhere. We have no military duties and our free time is our own. As yet I don't know how much free time we are to have for our course has not been outlined yet. However, it promises to be interesting for we are to be farmed out according to our interests and training to work under various French artists as I understand it.

I live at Cite Universitaire where I stayed before. But this time I am in the American Building. At present I have a room to myself. The rooms are set up for two students and each has two single beds, a desk, two chairs (straight-backed) and one lounge chair, one bedstand with study lamp and a wash-bowl. The closet is built in. The toilets are just across the hall from me and showers down the hall. There is hot water in the morning and again at night.

We eat at a small hotel down near the Sorbonne, about 3/4 of a mile from my school. However, I can eat in the Casual Officer's mess in Place San Augustin, I discovered today, so I probably will eat my evening meals here.

We are each issued two blankets and two sheets, so I'm glad I have my woolen pajamas. It's already getting quite nippy at night.

Incidentally, I wish you would send me some soluble coffee, some sugar and some condensed milk. It will go good on these cold evenings and I can heat it on a little German stove I have. Soluble coffee is OK for I have no facilities for the regular kind. Like everyone else in the army I am quite a coffee drinker - usually two cups at every meal at which it is served.

Goodnight and thanks.



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