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Diamond, Sidney (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.559 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney (1922-1945) Place Written: Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, the Philippines Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 January 1945 Pagination: 4 p. ; 14 x 8.2 cm.

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Summary of Content: Diamond writes that they have been "moving so fast, so often, so far" that he "just can't squeeze in mail - ". Sidney continues to explain that he now knows why he is in the war, that in "unmitigated brutality - barbarism - cruelty - the Japanese take the grand prize -", proceeding to provide examples of such cruelty. He states: "…I'm glad I'm here - I'm glad we've helped these people and hope we can drive the enemy out of the Philippines quickly - "

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

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryAsiaAtrocityAustralia and Pacific Islands

Sub Era: World War II

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