Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 1 August [1944]

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
1 August [1944]
Place: France
Collection/Fonds: 
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001604-3
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

as I listened over the radio to six Debussy Preludes enroute for --!!-- the West Wall. The dramatic qualities present were the extraordinary fact that there was nothing obviously dramatic about it. We might have been on a Mediterranean Cruise. We had the mines swept away for us and were not disturbed by air -- and all was peaceful and orderly. The scene on the other side was and is fantastic. I am reminded of Gulliver's Travels and that is all I dare say. I was supplied with all sorts of weird emergency rations and pocket stove etc. water bottle and little things which pointed to a rough time. I visualised cooking on a cliff and sleeping under a hedge, but no! We roll off to our respective units in no time and soon I am putting up a tent well inland in a beautiful apple orchard. It is a wonderful piece of organisation. I could say so much more, but it must all wait until that day when I see you, before I go upon new adventures in Peace.
Some days were spent in seeing this one and signing that and moving to here and to there but gradually I established myself and began digging my protection and 'studio'.