Editor's Note: This letter is typed on "onion skin" paper.
Dear Mother and Dad,
Yesterday was my birthday and it certainly seems like I got my present. I was assigned to the I04 Quarter Master Corp attached to the 104 division. My present job is that of a typist clerk in the Special Effects Department of the division. It is a newly created department and I was fortunate enough to be passing through a replacement depot when they requisitioned for five typist. Its one of those breaks that happen once in a live (sp) time. All the other boys who were with me went on to infantry regements (sp) where they are used as replacements. I'm still in Germany, but now instead of living in a pup tent I'm living in a German building. To be exact in a German kitchen. It feels great to get back on a typewriter again.
It's been snowing and raining intermittingly (sp) for the last few days. Its a wet snow and doesn't stick to the ground readily. Walking around here is very difficult because of the mud. In places its as deep as one foot.
Mom, I ope you forward the address of Russell Baruch to me. I'd like to write to him.
I the future I'll be able to write more letters home. I'll write soon because one of my buddys (sp) wants to use the typewriter. Love, Hal
I'm still at the same replacement camp in Germany. Although I am considered to be in a combat zone, it is relatively safe.
The first few nights we slept in pup tents. Large tents were put up and we moved into them. We had no bed, but I have long adapted myself to sleeping on the ground. Three days ago I built a bed out of logs. This bed feels as comfortable as any I've slept in. We had no fire the first week and it was getting pretty cold. We constructed a fie place out of bricks. This provides a little heat. All in all I'm fairly comfortable. Love, Harold
P.S. I haven't received any letters.
November 3: The Japanese launch more than 9,000 hydrogen balloons with incendiaries attached, sending them on westerly winds to North America. Fewer than 300 of the balloons will reach their targets, but one is found and detonated in Oregon, killing a woman and five children.
November 5: German forces round up 200 Dutch citizens in the town of Heusden. The Germans barricade them inside the town hall and blow up the building.
I'm still at the replacement depot in Germany. I'll probably leave any day now.
I've been on the move so much in the last couple of weeks that I've been unable to write a letter of much detail. I had an opportunity to visit a large town when I was in France. The French are very friendly. In this town, business at gone back to normal and the people seemed t have thrown of the weight of the past grim years. The only thing that reminds one of the war here is the wreckage of the bombed buildings. These people - women and children - must have endured many terrifying moments. Will write soon, Love, Harold
To: Mr. & Mrs. B. Lederman 923 N. Leavitt St. Chicago, Ill
I arrived in Germany yesterday. The previous two days I had spent in a replacement depot in Belgium. As yet, I have not seen combat.
Living conditions have been rough. Living in pup tents on we round. However, we have very good food. It seems the closer one gets to the front the better the food. I am in excellent physical condition and hope to remain so.
I have not received any mail since I left England. Love, Harold.
To: Mr. & Mrs. Ben Lederman 923 N. Leavitt St. Chicago, IL
Dear Mother & Father,
I'm writing tis letter from somewhere in Normandy, France. Right now we're camped in a tent city similar to the type I was in at Fort Benning, Ga. The only thing that reminds one of the war is the continuous flow of airplanes over head.
Mother, will you please subscribe the overseas edition of Newsweek Magazine for me. Have it sent to my present mailing address. Please do the same with Readers Digest.
Don't forget to send Russel Baruch address to me Will write soon. Love, Harold