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World War II Letters

A Glimpse into the Heart of the Second World War Through the Eyes of Those Who Were Fighting It

Edited by Bill Adler with Tracy Quinn McLennan; With an Introduction by Admiral Stansfield Turner

St. Martin's Press

Writers from twenty Allied and Axis countries are gathered in this unique collection of letters from servicemen and -women to their friends, families, and sweethearts. World War II Letters gives an unbiased look into the lives of those who served throughout the world-in Europe, the Pacific, Northern Africa, and Asia-and gives an intimate and honest portrayal of their experiences.

Wide ranging in scope, World War II Letters includes writings by officers and infantry, nurses and doctors, pilots, POWs, those injured in action, killed in action, and those reported missing. Introductory biographies and photographs vividly capture the letter writers' lives before, during, and after the war.

The writers of the letters in this powerful collection express their own views of "the enemy," give their impressions of countries far away from home, describe battle by land, sea, and air, and recount war's atrocities and its rare humorous moments. Ultimately, World War II Letters provides a revealing and unforgettable journey through the war of the century.

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PART IThe BattlesBY LANDBorn on May 19, 1920, in Battle Creek, Michigan, Lt. Col. Louis Laun of New York was a headquarters battalion quartermaster in the Fifth Marine Division of the U.S. Marine Corps. Lieutenant Colonel Laun was part of the first group of Marines to arrive in Japan when the bomb was dropped. He was a captain on Iwo Jima when the following letter was written, but he served as a reserve officer, not a career officer, for the war only. He was advanced one grade after his retirement in 1950. Lt. Col. Laun received the Bronze Star for his service. He later
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  • Edited by Bill Adler with Tracy Quinn McLennan; With an Introduction by Admiral Stansfield Turner

  • Bill Adler is a writer and literary agent who lives in New York. He is the author and editor of four New York Times bestsellers.
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    A Glimpse into the Heart of the Second World War Through the Eyes of Those Who Were Fighting It

    Edited by Bill Adler with Tracy Quinn McLennan; With an Introduction by Admiral Stansfield Turner

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