(Sometimes, "said the Assistant G-4, "you have to fight your own army harder than the enemy." These men have got to have sleeping bags and shoe pacs for this weather, and we've got to fight for 'em, day and night it seems." He turned to one of his officers. "Better go up to Army again this afternoon and pound on the table. They're doing their best, but they'll do better if we make enough noise." )
(And suddenly there was snow, and the Germans had camouflage suits of white which made them practically invisible. But our men stood out against it, good black targets. G-5 turned to and collected sheets, covers, anything white, from thousands of German civilians, although they complained bitterly. Soon our troops too were equipped with camouflage for snow.)
(The Ack-Ack* had its biggest day New Year's day when the Luftwaffe made its final effort. From dawn to dark they knocked off 33 German planes of which they actually found the wreckage.)
(Text: Captain Fredric E. Pamp Jr (Public Relations Officer XIX Corps 1945)
*The Allied slang for anti-aircraft fire, ack-ack, does not come from the Acht-acht, but is World War I signalers' phonetic spelling of letters "AA"
S/Sgt Wilbur C. Garner, 33377578
G-1 section, Hq XIX Corps
APO 270, c/o Postmaster, N.Y.
MARY W. GARNER, SK2c
U.S. NAVAL AIR STATION
MINNEAPOLIS, 6, MINNESOTA
"Somewhere In Germany"
15 February 1945
"THE TOMAHAWK STRIKES"
Howdy! How ya doin pardner? I received your letter dated 16th January today. It was good hearing from you once again. "Fats" I heard you are getting to look like "Tugboat Annie" You better watch that old ——— You'll begin to look like me soon. Do you know I'm back to 195 lbs? What a big tub of ——I am.
So you've been authorized a new type of cap. What does it look like? Is it anything like our overseas caps? No mail from Henri, well I'm looking out for you. I think it has only been about 2 days since I wrote you last. You'll probably get 10 or 12 letters when they all begin to come through.
I got a letter from Gwen today. They were dated 1st and 2nd of February. Gwen was still feeling fine. I guess things are all over and she is almost ready to start for home in another few days. Gwen was going to the hospital on the 8th. Red Cross is supposed to notify me but they probably will send the telegram, if they send it, about next Christmas. I've seen too many cases. One of which is in the headquarters. His Mother died in July and he hasn't received the notification yet. I guess they have their hands full though.
I'm glad you got the books Gwen sent you. I have just finished writing her 6 pages and thanked her for you. Say , sis how do you like the first page of this letter? I think it makes a rather attractive note paper. It is my insignia with our "Motto". I wish they would have some made for us.
I just took some glue and made it. I received all the affidavits from home last week and I have already forwarded them to Gwen. Thanks a lot, Sis, for the part you played for me in gathering them. I feel certain that will be all that is necessary. I certainly hope so anyhow. Gwen has already gotten her British exit papers and passport so now all I have to do is to get a passport for the Child and there is not much to that. It just means a trip to Brussels or Paris. I'll try to get you a nice big bottle of perfume.
Well, Sis, I guess I'll close for tonight and hope to hear from you again real soon. Glad to hear you passed your exams for SK1c.
Lots of Love from Gwen, Junior, and me,