Private Gobbz was sent to the war in the Pacific in 1944 and fought with the marines in every significant battle until the end of the war. He then was assigned to occupation duty in Japan, including house to house weapons searches. Among the letters are his back and forth correspondence with Doris Phillips, a schoolteacher back home who surprised him with a letter after several years out of touch. As the war winds down, their letters increase, ending with that of June 2, 1946, their wedding announcement.
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Jack Woodville London’s French Letters series has been praised for its meticulous historical research and ability to capture the language, attitudes, and moral culture of their setting in prose described by reviewers as “beautiful, but not pretentious.”
French Letters: Engaged in War is the second volume in the French Letters trilogy. The companion to French Letters: Virginia’s War, it is the story of Will Hastings, an army doctor caught up in the D-Day landings in Normandy and the drive to capture St. Lo, France.
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