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Follweiler, Frank (fl. 1944-1945) D-Day Diary labeled "address book"

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07239 Author/Creator: Follweiler, Frank (fl. 1944-1945) Place Written: [various places] Type: Diaries & Journals Date: 1943/03-1944/12 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Diary kept in a green cloth address book written on board Tank Landing Ship LST-383 officer. Many of the diary entries are more like notes (p. "VII"): "Left ...Eng. Mon. June 5 for our fourth invasion ... D-Day is Tues June 6 .... Arrived Tues June 6 at 4 PM Bad Weather could not unloaded [sic] ... thousands of planes filled the sky we seen the gliders come and also the parachute troops."; with ID bracelet, Occupation arm patch, campaign ribbon, cigarette lighter, etc. Most pages in the book are blank.

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

Keywords/Subjects: World War II, Military History, Government and Civics, Soldier's Diary

Sub Era: World War II