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Diamond, Sidney (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.412 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney (1922-1945) Place Written: Bougainville, Papua New Guinea Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 May 1944 Pagination: 6 p. ; 21 x 28 cm.

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Summary of Content: Diamond writes the letter while "comfortably loafing on hospital bed", waiting for surgery on a cyst. He tells Estelle that if her cousin joins the infantry and goes into active combat, he will have tremendous respect for him: "Truly the infantry is the 'Queen of Battle!'" He discusses the experience of those overseas, explaining that they all "burn with the injustice, inhumanity of the entire mess..."


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

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalHospitalInfantryBattleMorality and Ethics

Sub Era: World War II

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