Monthly Archives: November 2013

Veteran’s Day tribute to Chick in News Gazette, Champaign

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponAs part of their Veteran’s Day tribute, the News Gazette has a front page story about Charles ‘Chick’ Bruns and his WWII online diary. You can read the entire story entitled: “THROUGH THE EYES OF A SOLDIER”

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Nov 11, 1943 – Thursday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponWe had a small air raid last night.  Boy the people here are sure scared of planes.  Wellman took off the first thing this morning and didn’t come back until chow time that night.  We covered the town of Naples … Continue reading

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Nov 10, 1943 – Wednesday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponThey dropped a few shells in last night,  Boy I’ll be glad to get away for a while.  We left this morning at 7:30 and no sooner had we started when over came the Jerries.  One plane was shot down.  … Continue reading

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Nov 9, 1943 – Tuesday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponThey shelled about the same as last night.  Not close but just enough to make you sweat.  The sun was out today but it’s still cold.  I was told today that I was to go to Naples tomorrow on a … Continue reading

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Nov 8, 1943 – Monday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponOne year ago today I landed in Africa.  Since then I have come a long way.  They dropped the shells a little short last night so we didn’t get up, but if one came any closer than the last one … Continue reading

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Nov 7, 1943 – Sunday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponBoy they threw the shells at us last night.  It was really cold when I got up.  We went up and stood in a cave until they strafed, then went back to bed.  It started raining today and rained all … Continue reading

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Nov 6, 1943 – Saturday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponWe moved the first thing this morning about four miles.  We set up our tent and I had to get out a few requisitions.  The English 10th Corp. is moving in and as is the 34th and 45th division.  Boy … Continue reading

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Nov 5, 1943 – Friday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponGot in some more winter clothes today Mackinaw’s, wool shirts & trousers.  Worked around issuing them out all day.  Traded soap & C rations for potatoes & onions.  Not much else happened today.  Wrote a few letters and went to … Continue reading

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Nov 4, 1943 – Thursday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponToday we went after more clothes.  More winter overcoats and wool drawers.  They started giving 7 day furloughs today to the men in the line platoons.  Some of the fellows came back with tales of the Germans “booby trapping” there … Continue reading

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Nov 3, 1943 – Wednesday

FacebookRedditTwitterStumbleUponNot much doing today.  Wellman and I went down to get some clothes today.  All we received was small overcoats and knit caps.  We issued them all out.  Five more me got hit by “S” mines today.  Sgt. Stamp was … Continue reading

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