Armistice Day

A letter from my father to the mother of a comrade:

Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - Envelope
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – Envelope
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 1
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 1
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 2
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 2
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 3
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 3
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 4
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 4
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 5
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 5
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope - 25 May 1945 - pg 6
Letter to Mrs Harry Shope – 25 May 1945 – pg 6

May they rest in peace …

7 thoughts on “Armistice Day

    1. Dad was 35 at the time, which IIRC made him the oldest guy in Company E and surely gave him a different perspective on the situation. He never told any “war stories”, so I’m only now collating bits and pieces of that part of his life.

  1. It’s a great letter How will the artifacts of our world be preserved? How did he end up with the letter?

    1. Some items came from friends who mailed them to Mom while cleaning out their boxes, but many are Just There without provenance.

      I’ve been scanning and photographing as I go, which is why it’s taken this long to get started, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be the only person to ever see those files. Lacking a physical presence, nobody will have the slightest motivation to open a file to see what’s inside.

      I once thought the Internet Would Never Forget™. Unfortunately, Google now prioritizes only new-and-shiny sites and lets old material slide away into the deep dark.

  2. That’s a powerful letter. I can imagine it being the basis of a movie with Clint Eastwood producing, directing and maybe even playing your Dad in the autumn of his life.

      1. no doubt artistic licence would be invoked to mangle the story to ensure it’s engaging for 90-odd minutes but ain’t that always the way. I’d go see it anway

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