Letter from John Brittain to his mother



Letter from John Brittain to his mother


Three page letter envelope from John Brittain to his mother. He mentions the bad weather and that he might sell his car. He tells her of the devastation that he has seen while flying over Germany.



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Two page handwritten letter


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Dearest Mum.

Just a note to let you know that I am still OK!!

We are waiting for the second house pictures at the moment in the NAAFI at Newmarket. The weather here at the moment is terrible, rain pouring down but with a few brighter periods in between.

I have just heard of a bloke here who is prepared to pay £150 for the Standard 16!!! I haven't decided to sell

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definitely yet, but as I would be making 100% profit, I think it would be a good idea!!! - I'll let you know later.

Yesterday we went on that sight-seeing tour I was telling you about. We went to:- Wesel, Hamm, Hamburg, Hanover, Bremen, through the whole Ruhr valley, on to Cologne and over the floods of Holland. Never in all my life have I seen such destruction. In Hamburg for instance there isn't one roof intact in the whole

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town, and everywhere else was the same. As for the Ruhr, well - the whole valley is just a mass of rubble. Yet the most amazing thing is that there are churches intact in all the towns!! - Something to do with the foundations

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[NAAFI Crest] [Post mark] [Postage stamps]
Mrs J.B. Brittain.
3. Chandos Road.
Manchester 21. Lancs.

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I believe. Even the steeples are there towering above the dirt and dust of the other buildings. In the dock areas of Northern Germany there are complete ships blown on to the dock and quay sides!!!

No more now


John Taylor Brittain, “Letter from John Brittain to his mother,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 15, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/10190.

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