I recently found this incredible A Wartime Log Diary. This is outside the focus of my collection and I will likely try and find a new home for this at some point but I wanted to document it here first.
This diary tells the tale of G 3 O R G E [email protected], A 27 year old married father of 2 young children living in Philadelphia. He dreamed of becoming a paratrooper and worked in the home defense industry until convincing his wife to let him join in 1943. He wrote 190 full pages of his his wartime experience. He talks of working in the defense industry, his desire to serve and convincing his wife to allow it, extensive information about his training and practice jumps, shenanigans like gambling and amateur boxing matches. This leads up to his trip to Europe and his experience jumping into Southern France "Operation Dragoon" with the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Company B. After this he was transferred to the 501st PIR, where he jumped into Holland with the 101st Airborne as a replacement for Market Garden. He was captured the following morning and eventually found his way to Stalag VIIA. After being captured he endured starvation diets, beatings, forced labor, a failed escape attempt,more gambling, bartering, Allied bombardments etc. The diary abruptly stops at page 190 around the end of Feb. 1945. At this stage there is no room left in the Wartime Log. It is marked "CONT" and whether he finished his captive story I do not know, as it was separated from his Log. I do not know if he survived the camp or what happened after that point.
George was an incredibly talented writer and wrote in a descriptive and graphic manner. One unique thing is he wrote his diary entirely from the 3rd person perspective of his alias/alter ego "Johnny Allison". For example ''Johnny did thar, Johnny felt this" instead of using "I". I have no idea why he did this, but it actually enhances the diary, is somewhat like you are reading a historical novel. As most of the log is just text I will only be providing photographs of the images that George illustrated in here. I will provide some brief transcripts as well.
Edited by DoubleEnvelopment, 26 November 2018 - 04:43 PM.