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Harold B. Dennis Letters

Identifier: SC 00964

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The letters were written by supply sergeant Harold B. Dennis of the 306th Field artillery to members of his family in September of 1918.

The earliest letter is dated September 3, 1918. In this letter he said that he saw the destruction of a French Observation balloon and how the attitude of the French soldiers is "I should worry", that they seemed to not care when the war would end. He also mentioned that he went to a band concert that was broken up due to German planes coming over.

The second letter is dated September 8, 1918. In this letter he mentions the items sent from home from Loesers in New York, and that he is moving forward again after the retreating Germans. He talks of hating the Germans and the German shellings and that the German POW's they are bringing in are young, about 16 years old.

The third letter is dated September 13, 1918. In this letter he mentions that he is still alive on Friday the 13th and discusses family matters. He also writes of the German shellings and Trading tobacco with the French soldiers for cheese.

The fourth letter is dated September 14-27. In this letter he says that he has found the Germans are a methodical and pain taking people. He also writes about how well the Germans build their dugouts. He mentions that he is moving out again from the front lines back to a village that was occupied for three years by Germans.

This description was provided by the seller and has not been verified.


  • 1918 September


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Guide to the Harold B. Dennis Letters
SCRC Staff, Karen King
June 2018
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