WWII British 49th Infantry Division Letter. Germany after VE Day, May 1945. For Sale
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WWII British 49th Infantry Division Letter. Germany after VE Day, May 1945.:
Scarce original WWII British anti-tank officer's letter from Germany. May 1945, shortly after VE Day.
Written shortly after entering Germany from Holland. Good content. Condition of roads in Germany. Upcoming election in Britain, expecting Clement Atlee's socialists (Labour Party) to win.
First Canadian Army. 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division.
Royal Artillery Anti-Tank Regiment officer, Battery commander. Landed in Normandy in June 1944. Fought throughout the 1944-45 campaign in Europe.
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This a scarce and very interesting original May 1945 WWII British anti-tank artillery officer's letter from Germany, with good content. The letter was written shortly after VE Day, on the 27th of May, 1945. The letter is 5 pages long and comes in it's original censored cover.
*** The letter was written by a Royal Artillery officer who commanded an Anti-Tank battery in the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division throughout the 1944-45 campaign in Western Europe. This officer landed in Normandy with his battery on D+7, 13 June, 1944. His battery went into action immediately after landing and fought throughout the remainder of the 1944-45 campaign in Northwest Europe.
There is excellent content in this scarce 5 page letter, which was written on the 27th of May, 1945. This officer states that since the fighting had ended everyone was very bored with idleness. He states that from his present loocation to the Dutch frontier the roads were in very poor condition. There is content about the early stages of the occupation of Germany. There is also good content about the upcoming general election in England, and the likelihood that the Socialists would win. This officer states that most soldiers in Germany were indifferent to the election, and he expected that few would vote. He thought that most soldiers who did vote would support the socialists (Clement Atlee's Labour Party). It's an interesting letter.
*** This scarce original WWII letter was written by Major Nigel Harold Scott Hambro, commanding 220 Battery, 55th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery, 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. Major Hambro landed in Normandy with his battery on the night of 13 June, 1944. His battery went into action immediately after landing, and fought through the remainder of the Normandy campaign and the 1944-45 campaign in Europe. Throughout much of the campaign Major Hambro's division was assigned to the First Canadian Army. Major Hambro received at least one Mention in Despatches.
Major Hambro wrote this letter to his father, who was a retired British Army colonel.
A scarce and interesting original WWII letter, written in May 1945 in Germany, shortly after VE Day, by a Royal Artillery officer who commanded an anti-tank battery in action against the Germans.
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