Thursday, August 19, 1943
Yanks have the German air force “staggering,” proclaimed Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz. On the Eastern front, the Russians have cut off the German retreat at Donetz. In the Pacific, Allied air raids have annihilated the Japanese base on Wewak. But the war was far from over. The Germans may have ceded Sicily but they are digging in on the Italian mainland and Albania. On the Home Front, canning tomatoes hadn’t helped Lois. In her letter today she acknowledged: “Well – two days have gone by at a snail’s pace. And this particular snail must have been awfully tired because the time moves so slowly. The baby is definitely two days late. I suppose it’s perfectly natural for it to be late as well as early, but we are so very impatient. I’m only sorry that you have to sit on pins and needles, not knowing what’s going on from hour to hour.” In any case, it’s it time to get children ready for school. Fountain pens, anyone?