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Letter from Robert Lautenschalger, Company B, Headquarters Platoon, 84th Engineers, to Reverend John E. Elbert. August 21, 43 Dear Reverend: …Received our African Campaign pins recently. I am tired of N. Africa, have practically seen all of it. Sure would like to go to Sicily...Visited Tunis recently. It isn't as badly damaged as Bizerta. Visited Carthage, which is a few miles outside of Tunis. Seen the old Roman coliseum, or amphitheater they have made historical. About a quarter of the original is still standing. Saw where they kept slaves chained to the walls in crude dungeons…As you no doubt know we have been really taking in the prisoners! I believe so many they have a hard time keeping tabs on them all. The Italians as you probably know also, are quite happy over being taken prisoners. (One I noticed was carrying a base violin, must have been waiting for us to take him captive!) The Germans are quite grim about it. Have a lost look in their faces. Most of them are young, what you would call "Hitler's Children". They have a lot of them doing K.P. and etc…Well, now that we have the African Campaign completed, you no doubt will be expecting the "big Push" soon. God forbid it will not be as terrible as this African, Sicilian battles… Your Friend Robert
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