“18,000 Hinnies have been wiped out.”

Grandmother wrote beneath this communique, “A day at the front.”

The communique’s observation of behavior “unlike the German tradition” is intriguing, but more so is the London Office using critical time and space in a communique to inject wartime humor: “The Germans now realize the value of a scrap of paper.”

On the same scrapbook page, Grandmother included a photo of Hank Harms and Walt Matthews outside their barracks in Ireland, as well as a carnival photo of herself and Walt.

Sadly, the final note on this page reads, “Walt Matthews: April 1943 – Reported missing in action. His tank was found but no trace of Walt.”

Walt Matthews MIA



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