In England, Verne gets a break from missions . . . .
Resting up after our missions by shoveling snow, cleaning latrine and pulling guard duty. Sure hate being duty crew because I’m so doggone tired tonight. Have been trying to get laundry done all day. Quite a bit of it. No mail from home for another day. Pretty fed up with lack of mail. Sleepy tonight but still have guard duty. Cigarette ration back to seven packs.1
Notes & Commentary
1 “. . . back to seven packs” [a week]. As reported previously in Wayne’s Journal, there was a severe shortage of cigarettes in the winter of 1944/45. The situation was so severe that the House Agricultural Committee started an investigation of the situation. See Wayne’s Journal Notes & Commentary, May 19 1944 (https://waynes-journal.com/2014/05/18/may-19-1944/).
“Just don’t think about your health son, just get back in that plane.”
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Goes to show the mundane side of life has to go on – even in war.
Histories ignore the day-to-day lives of the troops. They speak of “big” events and furious combat, but they fail to tell us about the lives of the troops. Histories don’t tell us of cold Nissan huts or hot tents in the jungle; they don’t tell us of monotonous food and the difficulties associated with bathing or having clean clothing. All that is forgotten or ignored on white paper with black print.
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That is so true. No one sadly wants to know about the washing, cleaning and square bashing that had to be endured on a regular basis. All a part of regular life.
Even in war, there is a need to do laundry.