Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – January 10, 1943

Introduction by Will Seippel, CEO – WorthPoint.com Lt. Reichard began writing a diary on January 1, 1943. In February, he bought a camera and began taking some photos. For the next three years, he wrote almost every day. When I started reading his diary, I thought it should be shared and that perhaps WorthPoint’s community of collectors, people like me who are intrigued by the past, might find the diary as fascinating as I did.  (To read Will Seippel’s entire introduction,  click here)

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January 10, 1943 Diary Page  (click to enlarge)

January 10, 1943 Diary Page (click to enlarge)

Transcript of diary entry January 10, 1943

Sunday,  January 10, 1943     On Route to Boise, Idaho

This morning I woke up about eight thirty. I went up to the dinner for breakfast. It was a very good one too. I had sausages, two eggs and four slices of toast with two cups of coffee. It was a much better meal then was dinner and lunch. After breakfast I came on back to the car and tried to read. To me that is practically impossible on a train. It just gives me a headache. I watched the boys play blackjack and Sgt. Enright cleaned up about a $100.00. Even that got boring as I was getting pretty restless. Dinner or lunch if you will call it that was fair. After lunch I lay down and slept until five. I can’t figure out why. We pulled into Ogden about six thirty and had a two hour lay over. There were no berths left for me on the troop train so I had to take a tourist ____ 13 on the regular train which left about an hour after the troop train. I met some swell girls going to Seattle and Portland and we sat on my bed untill nearly twelve talking about any thing and every thing. One girl was from Alaska and her husband just left for overseas. Another had a husband in the ski troops in Colorado and was going back to get her car. We turned in about midnight. “Good Night”

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The Day That Was: January 10, 1943

• President Franklin D. Roosevelt flew to Morocco for a top-secret meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He had not flown since 1932 when he traveled from Albany, N.Y., to Chicago to accept his nomination at the Democratic National Convention. No U.S. president had previously flown while in office because the Secret Service regarded flying as a dangerous mode of transport. Air travel was the only realistic option for the trip to Casablanca because German submarines lurking in the Atlantic made a surface crossing too risky. (http://timelines.ws/20thcent/1943.HTML)

• A Soviet force of nearly 300,000 men closed in on the surrounded Nazi German VI Army at Stalingrad following the refusal of Nazi German Col.-Gen. Friedrich von Paulus to negotiate a surrender. After a 55-minute bombardment by thousands of guns and rocket launchers, and employing seven armies, the Red Army began Operation Ring, the final annihilation of the tattered remnants of VI Army defending themselves desperately in the ruins of Stalingrad. (http://www.feldgrau.com/Jan..html)

• The submarine USS Argonaut (APS-1) was sunk during an attack on a convoy southeast of New Britain. The Japanese destroyer Okikaze was sunk by the submarine USS Trigger (SS-237) off Honshu, Japan.
(http://www.blountweb.com/blountcountymilitary/wars/ww2/timelines/1943_ww2.htm

Production Credits:

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