Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – January 22, 1943
by Alison Harder (01/22/09).
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)
January 22, 1943 Diary Page (click to enlarge)
Transcript of diary entry January 22, 1943
Friday, January 22, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Today was a fairly busy one for the men. I have worked out a schedule by which they will have lectures in the morning and physical education in the afternoons. I am making the non-coms do the lecturing and I supervise. This puts some responsibility on their shoulders and also makes them realize that they don’t have those stripes just for ornaments. This afternoon we put on a rough and tumble show for the public relations officer here at Gowen. They took pictures for half an hour in a lot of poses. One was of myself running across the chests of the men as they lay on their backs. The visitors seemed very favorably impressed. The pictures will appear in the papers next week. This outfit manages to make the papers at each stop. The last time it was with Sgt. _____ the duck. Well it’s a lot of fun anyway.
This evening I decided to stay home. Today was a little rough and I’m plenty tired. Also I need to get off some letters. This letter writing business is getting more difficult all the time. I used to enjoy writing long letters but now I hate it. Well it must be done. By the way it is still thawing and the ground is a sea of mud.
• The War Shipping Administration announced that the men who sailed the ships of the American merchant marine would be supplied with free cigarettes for use during long voyages. Through an arrangement with a leading cigarette manufacturer, seamen aboard all vessels of the Victory Fleet would get cigarettes. (http://www.usmm.org/wsa/cigarette.html)
• Adolf Hitler refused to consider the surrender of his forces at Stalingrad despite a desperate message from Gen. Friedrich Paulus reporting dire conditions on the ground. (http://history.howstuffworks.com/world-war-ii/russian-army-repels-hitlers-forces14.htm)
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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