Thursday, March 22, 2012

Letters Home WWII (17) August 11 1945

Dad doesn't say much of anything in this letter.  He's using the V-mail, short for Victory Mail, is a hybrid mail process used during the Second World War in America as the primary and secure method to correspond with soldiers stationed abroad. To reduce the logistics of transferring an original letter across the military postal system, a V-mail letter would be censored, copied to film, and printed back to paper upon arrival at its destination. 
It doesn't give him a lot of space to write a longer letter.

3 comments:

jbjinco said...

Did the censors ever cross anything out of these letters???

jbjinco said...

Did the censors ever cross anything out of these letters?

JF said...

I'm sure the army laid down rules about what the soldiers could and couldn't say and knowing Dad he'd always stay within the rules. I think the letters would have had big black marks on them if anything was taken out. I think Mum could tell where he was when he wrote but he was never specific about it. Dad did take home movies and he had the film confiscated until after the war. I've managed to salvage a very poor copy of some of the footage onto DVD.