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A Milwaukee colonel writes home from Europe, 1943-45

Scrapbooks,1929-1959 (selections).


When he wrote these six letters, Cleburne S. Bender was a colonel with the Wisconsin 32nd Red Arrow Division and commander of Battery C of the 126th Field Artillery. He was initially stationed in England until March 1944, when he was assigned as assistant G-3, Engineer Special Brigade Group to help plan the Normandy Invasion. He wrote these six letters to his wife in Milwaukee. They describe his feelings toward the Nazis, D-day, the sounds of combat, inspecting a POW camp, the cruelty of German soldiers, and attitudes of German POWs.  Additional letters (described here) exist in paper form in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.



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Related Topics: World Wars and Conflicts
The World War II Military and Home Fronts
Creator: Bender, Cleburne S.
Pub Data: Scrapbooks,1929-1959 (selections). Original manuscripts in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Call Number: M2002-097
Citation: Bender, Cleburne S. Scrapbooks,1929-1959 (selections). Original manuscripts in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Call Number: M2002-097 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1641; Visited on: 4/20/2014
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