06/08/2015 11:55 AM

 

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William Vermily Toffey III, Army! my!, Army!,

 

 

Learning more.."Ludwig Castle and Hitler Estate"

Stars and Stripes in Paris

Ma mentioned something about Marion and her Gripsholm experience (I am going back through the letters, seeing if there is anything to answer). I didn't hear about that.

To backtrack, that booklet, "Road to Berlin," was published by Stars and Stripes in Paris, and Lt. Burns spent several days there putting it out. I was to have gone there, but we got a driver in the meantime, and I had to stay behind and keep the office running.  But I got to Paris anyway, so I have no kick coming.

I have to admit that I haven't tried cooking the ground coffee. That first box I gave to a Dutch family that had been serving us coffee nightly from their meager ration. They were very nice to us.  Incidentally, there were pictured af several of my friends playing with the Dutch children in the March 5 issue of Newsweek. Now, of course, we are in Germany and can't play with the kiddies or their older sisters.  But to get back to the coffee, I am still carrying around the other can, expecting to use it soon. One of the fellows received a bottle of individual coffee tablets that look just about the size and shape of Alka-Seltzer tablets.  I think that the soluble coffee, while not as tasty, is so much easier to prepare -- there is no cleaning of grounds and so forth -- that I find it difficult to try to bring myself to fix it any other way.

As to the kiddie-car policeman, whose name I seem to have lost -- I still can't place him by name, but he sent me a box of candy and stuff for Christmas (it arrived on Thanksgiving Day, and I celebrated the holiday with it, using the fixings for my ThAnksgiv1ng Dinner) and I got a very nice letter from him. Believe it or not, I wrote a letter of thanks to him.

Another page, although I'll be darned if I know what I am going to put in it.

Remarkable as it may seem, the night before last was the first night in almost three weeks that I didn't have a drink. It seems that the troops came upon a huge warehouse stocked with wine. While I did not visit it, those who did said it looked like a department store at Christmas time, with everyone from privates to colonels barging in, sampling wines, and carrying out cases. We got stung with some stuff which had looked good, it turned out to be tomato Wine. We got some potable white and red wines, and contented ourselves with it until an obliging chaplain's assistant came through with some vermouth he had got from the same place. A few bottles came in from here and there -- all wine -- so we had something to drink every evening. Then, just as that was disappearing, some prune brandy appeared in large quantities. It was pretty strong stuff raw, but Bob Hoylman, office driver and artist, mixed it with orange powder, sugar and water and orange peel, and made a passable side-car cocktail. We ran out of that, but I have just been told that there is another bottle of vermouth over at the rooms -- someone gave it to the chaplain's assistant in his travels -- so I am going over to help him finish it. So you can see that my morale is OK.

I got quite a letter from Montgomery Evans, who is now a captain in the New York Guard and its assistant public relations officer. He is kept quite busy, but seems to like the work. It seems that he had been loaned by the Army to OWI, but when he got his discharge the complications that entered into his getting a Civil Service status proved too much for him and he went to the New York Guard instead.   

I guess the story of where I am and what I am going and how I am living will all have to wait until I am home, and let's hope that it won't be too long before I do see you again. Wish the Germans would hurry and admit defeat, without our having to chase through the entire damnable country. Lord knows, the American troops are running through a pretty large part of it by now.

That seems to be about all for now. My love to everyone at home,

Bill

PS - I still would like snacks, chocolates, smokes and any other goodies.

"Dad, William Vermilye Toffey III"

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