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by Arthur Evans

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3 Postcards dated Tuesday, 19th September, Monday 25th September and Wednesday, 4th October.

1.
My Dear Dorothy,

A few lines to let you know, Jim and I are in the best of health and spirits, and to acknowledge receipt of your letter of 16th July and Mum's of 2nd August.  Thanks for the warning about Miss Riley!  I certainly will have to look after myself when I get back won't I?  Good to hear Mum aired my clothing the other day - don't worry, I shall soon be commandeering the best chair in front of the fire again.
All my love to Mum & Dad and yourself.

Arthur.

2.
My Dear Mother & Father,

A card to let you know that Jim and I are in the best of health etc.  I hope the same can be said of you.  I have had no more Auguts mail yet, but September mail (from 1st to10th) is beginning to arrive, so I am fairly certain to get one or two in the next few days.
It is really cold today and also wet; I think the weather is reminding us that winter isn't far away, but I am hoping that my dream of an armchair by a warm fireside comes true!

3.
My Dear Mother & Father,

I received Dad's letter of 20th Aug yesterday.  Very pleased you are at last receiving my mail, I try and write at least every week, but an occasional stoppage must be expected.
We put the clocks back on Monday and now it is dark at 6.00pm.  t is also cold and wet, in fact quite wintry   Well Xmas is getting nearer.  Do you think I will be with you? There's still a chance.  
Glad to hear you are all keeping well.  Jim & I are in the pink.
Love to you both & Dot.
Your loving son,

Arthur.

During late September early October 1944:


In the Palau Islands... On Peleliu there is heavy fighting around Mount Umurbrogol. Japanese forces are continuing to hold against the US marine attacks. On Angaur, there is intensive fighting between American troops and the small Japanese garrison.

On the Western Front... Operation Market Garden continues. In the morning the British 30th Corps reaches troops of the US 82nd Airborne Division at Grave. The combined force advances toward Nijmegen. At Arnhem, the British 1st Airborne Division continues to hold. Meanwhile, in Brittany, the last German resistance in Brest comes to an end.

On the Eastern Front... The Soviet offensive in the Baltic continues. Forces of the 3rd Baltic Front capture Valga in Estonia. 

In Occupied Denmark... A general strike continues in protest of recent deportations by German authorities.


On the Western Front... Operation Market Garden ends. The remnants of the British 1st Airborne Division are evacuated from the north bank of the Rhine. During the night, 2400 of the 10,000 men are removed. About 1100 have been killed and 6400 captured by German forces. A few are sheltered by Dutch families. Meanwhile, other elements of British 2nd Army capture Helmond and Deurne, a few miles east of Eindhoven. On the Channel coast, the Canadian 3rd Division (an element of Canadian 1st Army) attacks the German garrison trapped in Calais.

From London... Allied propaganda exhorts the estimated 12 million foreign workers and slave laborers in Germany to rebel.

In Berlin... Hitler orders the formation of Volksturm (citizen militia) units to assist in the defense of Germany.

On the Eastern Front... In Estonia, Soviet forces capture the Baltic port of Haapsalu.

In Occupied Yugoslavia... Partisan forces occupy Banja Luka.

In the Palau Islands... On Peleliu, US forces employing flamethrowers and tanks advance in the north of the island toward Mount Amiangal. On Angaur, pockets of Japanese resistance persist near Lake Salome.




On the Western Front... German forces counterattack elements of US 1st Army (part of US 12th Army Group) that have broken through the Siegfried Line defenses. The American forces hold the attack.

On the Eastern Front... Soviet troops of 3rd Ukrainian Front capture Pancevo on the north bank of the Danube River, east of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Other Soviet troops reach Vladimirovac and link up with partisan forces nearby.

In Greece... Allied forces land on the Peloponese near Patras. Other forces occupy Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

http://www.onwar.com/chrono/



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