Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – February 5, 1943
by Alison Harder (02/05/09).
Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary Project and Recap: On January 1, 2009, WorthPoint began a three year project following the life of a WWII soldier through the daily pages of his diary.To read about the inception of this project, or to add your own comments, click here.
Recap: We first met Lt. Reichard in January, stationed at McClellan Air Base in Sacramento, where he was in charge of a motor pool unit. Expecting to be sent overseas, their orders were changed and they became restless to see action. Lt. Reichard’s sweetheart, Ginny, would write frequently, and he would go to dinner and movies with local girls – Dorothy, in Sacramento, and Marie, when the unit moved to Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho. The men have spent their days in lectures, and physical demonstrations to try to keep sharp mentally and physically. But they are getting increasingly restless.
February 5, 1943 Diary Page
Transcript of diary entry February 5, 1943
Friday, February 5, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Today I got that light meter I’ve been trying to get ahold of for so long. This camera bug has really bitten me and I wish I were home where I could have my own dark room to work with. I spent most of the day down at the camera shop talking pictures with a couple old timers at the game and I learned a lot. I think I shall try some color shots. Now is the time I wish I had that Buick out here and there was no such thing as gas or tire rationing. Id love to get up into the mountains and take pictures because it is a gorgeous country. Some time when this war is over I hope I can tour this country the way I want to.
This evening the company had its party. The men had all chipped in two dollars apiece which was enough for a small orchestra, sandwiches, beer and a very nice dance hall. We all had a swell time so the party was a success. It lasted until midnight which is what might be called a curfew here for this country. At least every thing closes down at that time. Maybe its a good thing but I sure hate to get in that early on Saturday night although during the week its bad. It’s much warmer today and the snow is melting fast. We get plenty of it here but it doesn’t last long.
Italy’s Benito Mussolini sacked his son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano (left), from the Foreign Ministry and took control himself. (Public Domain)
The Day That Was: February 5, 1943
• The Allies had all of Libya under control.
• Essen, Germany, was bombed, marking the beginning of a four-month attack on the Ruhr industrial area. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_(1943))
• Mussolini sacked his son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano, from the Foreign Ministry and took control himself. (http://www.worldwar-2.net/timelines/war-in-europe/southern-europe/southern-europe-index-1943.htm)
Diary transcription: Kathleen Long
Diary photos: Claudia Forbes
Video production: Alison Harder
Narration: Mountain VIsta H.S. Theater Department
Jeremy Goldson, Department Chair; Sean McGill – voice of Lt. Reichard
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