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Old letters.

Posted 06-24-2011 at 12:53 PM by Bullet Magnet
I have just had a sobering evening. My dad showed me some old letters and photographs he had acquired from his... girlfriend's (I suppose) father. They are of his father, and the letters notifying of his death in Germany in the most recent war we had there. The real kick is that it happened on the 19th of April, 1945, two weeks before the end. There were official documents, photos of him and his friends, a handwritten letter from his commanding officer, and from 1950 and 1950 information about and photographs of his final resting place in Becklingen War Cemetery.

"Sobering" is the word. These were the actual, original documents detailing the death of a man who otherwise survived a whole war, and the first confirmation of it. I can only imagine what it was like. At the same time there is the weird feeling of a palpable, personal connection of history. I'm not enough of a poet to describe it.

But it got me thinking about my paternal great-grandfather, my only relative I know of who fought in that war. When I learn more details I'll share some of them. What I do know is that he survived it and lived until '72, and served in what was Burma with a unit of Gurkhas. My grandfather still has his kukri, which I suppose I (or a cousin) might one day inherit, and this weapon has killed Japanese soldiers. Apparently his Gurkha friends were horrified at the unskilled and brutal manner in which he wielded it. I can understand why: he himself wasn't a Gurkha or trained like one, and in close combat your instincts do rather kick in.

Anyway, it's been on my mind, and I think it's interesting.
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STM's Avatar
Isn't the kukri fantastic! I have one from my grand-father as well who was in Burma/ India for the war. But it must be really interesting to get that information! If you find anything worth posting you should do!
Posted 06-24-2011 at 02:28 PM by STM STM is offline

Oddey's Avatar
That is actually very interesting, and must be even more so for you.
Posted 06-25-2011 at 01:18 AM by Oddey Oddey is offline

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When pieces of family history like this turn up it's amazing. Keepsakes/spoils/trophies like the kukri are also quite interesting, and I urge you to not only get the full story of its origin from your grandfather, but document it to the best of your ability. My uncle has gone to great lengths to document information on such items we have in our family over the years and since the passing of their original owners there would be no way for us to know the true stories other than word of mouth, and all too often these tales are changed and glorified as they're passed down through the generations. I don't know, I've become quite interested in family history and such over the years. Pardon my rambling suggestions.

We have a telegram declaring the death of one of the first members of our family who immigrated here. He was shot in the back of the neck outside of a brothel after a dispute over the price of a room. My uncle has it framed and hung above his fireplace.
Posted 06-27-2011 at 10:13 AM by Disgruntled Intern Disgruntled Intern is offline

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We have family who were Irish Terrorists (freedom fighters actually), that's probably the most interesting bit of history. Although we've had men in the military since the 1800s, which is also interesting.
Posted 06-27-2011 at 01:22 PM by STM STM is offline


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