30 July, 2011

30 July, 1944

V-MAIL

438th AAA AW BN
APO 403 % Postmaster, N.Y.
France
30 July, 1944

Dearest girl –

I intended writing a regular letter this morning but due to changing events – I’ll have to use this – it’s quicker. Again no mail – darling – but I know you’re writing and I ought to get several letters any day now. It’s Sunday morning at 1030 and I can think of at least 3 things I’d rather be doing than sitting here in a jeep in the middle of an apple orchard in France.

Apple Orchard in Dangy (Today)
I’ve wondered many a time, darling, what our reactions will be when once we see each other again. No doubt we’ll be a bit surprised at how we look to each other; but the realization that actually we belong to each other will be the big thing, I believe; the possessiveness, the closeness which will be mutually felt – will be the thrilling thing. I know it won’t be but a few hours afterwards that we’ll be planning when we’ll get married. Everybody will be kissing everybody else and sometime in the evening – while everyone is talking, I’ll finally have you alone for awhile – and I’ll say “Darling, this is the guy who has been writing you that he loves you; he promised to say it in person and here he is.” And then I’ll tell you dear, how much –


Darling – it can’t be far off! Just sit tight, save this letter and we’ll see how it compares with the real thing.
My sincerest love
Greg

The Route of the Question Mark

From Page 25 from The Route of the Question Mark:

(A) St. Jean-de-Daye to (B) Dangy (15 miles)
17 to 20 July 1944
(Exact route is unknown)

July 30... Dangy. Here the enemy planes did their best to demolish us, and we couldn't dig our fox-holes deep enough. We saw the tremendous effect the bombing had as we passed thru the former German lines. M/Sgt LIVINGSTON was hit in the leg by a piece of shrapnel as he lay in his fox-hole, not enough to earn the Purple Heart. Snipers fired at our guards.

* TIDBIT *

about VII Corps' Advance

Units from the 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division from the US VII Corps continued to attack southwards on the Corps' right flank, while the other units “mopped up” the eastern operational sector. Tanks from the 3rd Armored Division's Combat Command A crossed the Sienne River in Gavray; combat engineers immediately started to build bridges so that the main part of the division, including all three armored artillery battalions, would be able to get to the other side of the river. Combat Command B from the same division swiftly attacked in the direction of Villedieu lés Poëles.

Sienne River in Gavray (Today)

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