WAR LETTERS: LEVITY - 1945 Luxembourg


How does a soldier physically and psychologically survive
the anguish and hardships of war? Humor in the face of adversity can help.
The following are three letters, beginning with one from the Civil War,
which describe moments when war and battle were briefly suspended.

1945 Luxembourg

Lieutenant Marvin C. Weber wrote this letter to his wife Doris of Lincoln, Nebraska. Lt. Weber died in Germany about two months later, on March 3, 1945, just weeks before the end of the war in Europe.

January 7, 1945, Somewhere in Luxembourg
Lieutenant Marvin C Weber

January 7, 1945.

Somewhere in Luxembourg

I've seen a bit of action — the Jerries threw everything but the kitchen sink at us, and a few times that came along, but I came out okay. I got hit in the arm by shrapnel, but it didn't amount to much. Why I'm still around I'll never know, but I sure thank the good Lord. It's very cold here now, and quite a bit of snow. It reminds me much of Nebraska. The people here are pretty nice and very pleased to have the Americans around.

We had a little incident happen the other day that might interest you. A Jerry officer came across the field with a white flag — they took him in to find out what he wanted. It so happened our artillery was shelling one of their hospitals, and he wanted to see if it could be stopped. We sent two officers back with him to see where the hospital was located. While they were there, the Jerries fed them a delicious dinner plus champagne, and when they were ready to leave, the Germans gave them some fresh eggs to give to the Commanding General of the Division. You see we never get fresh eggs, and they were very sympathetic. Funny things happen in this war — it's very hard to believe at times some of the things that do occur.





1862 Missouri          1944 Philippines
1945 Luxembourg