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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.257 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Noumea, New Caledonia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 July 1943 Pagination: 3 p. ; 20.3 x 25.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Diamond informs Estelle that he is located on a large island in the Southwest Pacific, where the language spoken is French. He tells her that they have been building the base camp, and that there is a large town about 22 miles away.


Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMilitary CampAustralia and Pacific Islands

Sub Era: World War II

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