August 17, 1943 – Tuesday



The infantry is in the outskirts of Messina so we will probably move up today.  The city of Messina fell at 1:00 P.M. today.  The 3rd Div. beat the English in by 3 hours.  I went in at about 4 PM. The city is nothing but a mass of ruins.  There is not one building that was not bombed.  You could look across the straights and see the mainland of Italy.  I took a few pictures while I was there.  We found a brewery and it was the first time in my life that I ever went swimming in beer.  The beer on the floor was knee deep.  We brought back about 100 gal. of it.  They were shelling us from the mainland of Italy.  Four shells hit not far from us.  I was wringing-wet with beer so I had to take bath.

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