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Postmark: 12/25/1943
Mother's notation: Rec. Jan 13. 44

Address change info notification, with following note in comments area:

   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, from me, here in North Africa.

   Loving Son,


Supplemental Notes, Quotes, and Anecdotes:

Censorship of letters, use of sources published after end of war:

Once the soldier goes overseas and into the conflict zone proper, all of his written correspondence is restricted and censored to ensure that there is minimal chance that it can be intercepted by the enemy and put to use against friendly forces.

The need for this secrecy largely disappears, however, when the war has been concluded for a sufficient amount of time. For this reason, there are a number of publications available, some of them written by the actual commanders of the units discussed in these letters, which can give us some context and background to the otherwise restricted narrative provided by dad in his letters. I have tried to use these sources to tell a story parallel in time to the one dad is telling in his letters, to assist the reader in understanding what is happening around the letter writer at the time he is engaged in the conflict.

   - Jim Jr.


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