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Letter from Private Arthur H. Spaedtke, in training with a Tank Battalion at Fort Knox, KY, to Reverend John E. Elbert. Sept. 26, 1943 Dear Rev. I am sorry I didn't have the time to write you have been pretty busy out on bivouac. We spent 3 weeks out there learning the Army way how to drive Trucks, Half Tracks, Tanks, Jeeps, and [illegible] and we only had 3 weeks to learn how to drive them all. We had to do some black out driving. We had to work Tuesday and Thursday nights on that to 11 o'clock so that was a pretty big job. Now we a [are] learning to fire the 37 mm and 75 [mm canons] they are both pretty big guns we will fire them next week. We only get a short time here about 5 more weeks. One shell for the 37 cost $12 and for the 75 cost about $25. It sure is a lot of money for one shell. I always thought a Tank was hard to drive but it is easier that [than] a Truck to drive. I want to thank you for sending me the "Messenger". I was to church this morning the Chaplain sure had a nice service for us boys. Due to the lack of news I will quit for this time. As ever Art Spaedtke
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