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1 CPL. ROBERT C. DIDRICH 1944 - 1945 ORIGINAL WORLD WAR II MANUSCRIPT OF ESSAYS, OBSERVATIONS, RUMINATIONS, INTERVIEWS AND OVERALL UNIQUE LOOK INTO THE MIND OF A YOUNG SOMEWHAT TORMENTED MILITARY JOURNALIST
WAR TORN EUROPE FRANCE 1944 Very Good 
On offer is a super, very unique World War II narrative by way of a manuscript diary handwritten by a very opinionated military journalist Cpl. Robert C. Didrich [ASN 32706224] in the Public Relations department of the famed 8th Air Force his journal provides a very different perspective of the Armed Forces than one could imagine in the 200 or so uncensored pages where Cpl. Didrich writes on the one hand as a trained observer and on the other hand a man with a number of internal dilemmas relating to his work during the War and he reveals much of his thoughts on the Army. Very eclectic, Didrich writes essays, diary like daily entries, personal and intimate journal entries and many observational notes of the people, conditions and news of the day like writing about the preparations he sees and hears from the soldiers around him as the Army prepares for the D-day landings. [Shortly after the landings he is relocated to France as his unit moves with the Air Force to different locations behind the front lines. He continues to write about the officers around him, the Battle of the Bulge, his interview with a General, the interrogation of a Luftwaffe prisoner amongst other things.] He can be very introspective too as in one early passage one sees a man who is journalist first and military personnel second writing of his personal difficulty in understanding why he is not able to approach a new General. He is in turmoil second guessing himself about the General's unapproachability or is it his own lack of strength of character or yet the training to be reserved and not force themselves upon people. He tends to write daily for periods of time and then skips some days. He also digresses at one point and writes several pages about British history, law, government, etc. Dated June 1, 1944 through to the completion of the war in Europe it is neatly written on over 200 6"x8" pages. Of additional note was an intriguing later entry dated 1994 regarding someone's suicide attempt and Didrich's connection to the event. The diary is handmade with metal covers and a leather binding and overall VG. 
Price: 2985.99 USD
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