Saturday, Jan.2, 1943
As my father predicted in yesterday’s letter, my mother’s pregnancy would unleash an outburst of joyous hope for their families to match the rising anticipation that the war was surely ending. How appealing to imagine the baby arriving as the war ended, all in the same year. There had just been a shattering bombing of Japanese positions on Wake Island. The Russians had recaptured Elista and Veliki Luki although the Nazis still predicted success on the Eastern Front. While a Russian communiqué listed 22 German divisions circled and 312,650 Germans captured, the official Nazi response was: “The soviet union and her Anglo-American allies on New Year’s day flooded the world with boastful reports summing up successes allegedly scored by soviet armies in the past year. These fanciful summaries were registered with composure here, since it can hardly be denied that the actual results of the fighting on eastern front last year were as follows: The German and allied troops occupied another 360,000 square kilometers, gaining possession of the most important agricultural and industrial regions of the soviet union.” To be fair, we have the benefit of hindsight and can see how surely the Germans had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by invading Russia.
While we’re keeping score, here are the results of yesterday’s Bowl game:
- Orange Bowl, Alabama beats Boston College 37 to 21
- Rose Bowl, Georgia beats UCLA 9-0
- Sugar Bowl, Tulsa beats Tennessee 14-7