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Well here I am in Leghorn,  or Livorno as the Italians call it, after waiting quite some time to get into the city. It has cost quite a few lives to get this big port and judging from the amount of damage done around the dock area it will take some time to get the docks working again.  The divers are being interrupted consistently in their work by shells from the German guns.  We can hear the shells whistling over our heads and a few moments later there is a loud explosion as they land in the sea.  Fortunately  our site hasn’t been spotted yet.  Mines are laid everywhere and already quite a few soldiers (mostly mad Yanks) have lost their lives.  There are booby traps in almost every house and it is fatal to push open a closed door.

I think the war must be very near its end now. We are in the south of France and the general opinion is that it won’t be long before the four fronts are on the borders of Germany proper.

The weather here is beautiful and I am in perfect health except for the fact that I am terribly browned off and I can’t keep my mind off home.  I thank God that he has safely brought me through to this stage of the war and he has given me sufficient courage to withstand any shocks I have come up against.


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During the past month I have travelled north very many miles.  I left Anzio on June 25 with the regiment and arrived at Civitavecchia 40 miles north of Rome on the same day.  Civitavecchia is a fair sized port and there was quite a large amount of shipping for us to defend.  We saw very little action however and most of my time was spent swimming and rowing out to the Yankee minesweepers which were anchored just offshore.

After about a week we moved north again to where I am at the moment I don’t know the name of this place but it is 15 miles south of Leghorn in Livorno, a very big port which has only just been taken.  It has been here, before  Leghorn l that the regiment had its first taste of field artillery. Our guns played a very big part in the capture of Leghorn shelling German strong points, gun positions and infantry and even Leghorn itself.  Casualties continue to be very light in the regiment it really is amazing.  When Leghorn fell our guns finished in their role of field artillery and now tomorrow we are going into Leghorn  as A.A. again.

Rome seems a very long way behind now and I am thankful I got one chance to see Rome.

The people here in North Italy are quite different from any we have yet met. Their houses are quite modern and they seem to live something like our people in England.  They are genuinely pleased that the Germans have been kicked out. One woman told us that when we arrived she fully expected  us to turn her family out of the house and occupy it ourselves.  At the time we were sleeping in the main road.  I have also heard much about the awful things the Germans have done here.  One man told us that his daughter had been raped by the Germans before they left, hundreds have been shot and their livestock stolen.

I have seen quite a few partisan troops around here and I believe that they have done some very useful work.

Well tomorrow I travel still nearer to my darling Evelyn and I don’t think it will be long now before we are together again for ever.

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