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Frank F. Mathias"A marvelous story... will be consulted as long as World War II and the Spanish Civil War are studied... Cane is a very good writer."
--author of The GI Generation: A Memoir
I know you must be at your wits end by now, for not hearing from me.
I landed in France on D-day with combat engineers in the assault wave. Helped storm through the beach defenses and am still at the front. (Everything is frontline area here right now anyway).
My outfit has been [censored] so you know just where I want to be. Although I'm still officially in my old company; actually I'm on detached service with the [censored].
And, darling, we are raising hell.
Last night, I had charge [censored] while our outfit ferried the [censored].
You can tell our kids that daddy got plenty of Nazis.
I love you, darling. Please don't worry about me.
My love to everyone. A big letter to follow when I get a chance to get a breather.
|Introduction: Lawrence Cane's Fight Against Fascism|
|Remembering Lawrence Cane|
|Note on Editorial Practices|
|1||Basic Training: Geiger Field, Spokane, Washington August 28-November 8, 1942||1|
|2||Officer Candidate School and Military Intelligence Training: Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Camp Ritchie, Maryland November 9, 1942-July 31, 1943||31|
|3||Preparing for the D-Day Invasion: England January 25-June 5, 1944||60|
|4||The D-Day Invasion and Beyond: Fighting in France and Belgium June 6-September 14, 1944||83|
|5||The Siegfried Line and the Battle of the Bulge: Fighting in Germany and Belgium September 15, 1944-January 26, 1945||129|
|6||The End of the Third Reich: Belgium, Germany, and France January 27-May 8, 1945||165|
|7||Waiting to Come Home May 9-October 29, 1945||194|
|App. A||History of The Ticker||219|
|App. B||Lawrence Cane's Request for Reassignment to Combat or Airborne Engineer Battalion||221|
|App. C||Diary of Lt. George A. Worth||223|
|App. D||Lawrence Cane's Silver Star Citation||232|
|App. E||Silver Star Affidavit||234|
|App. F||History of the 23th Engineer Combat Battalion||235|
|App. G||Selected After/After Action Reports||240|
|App. H||1972 WBAI Radio Interview with Lawrence Cane||248|
|For Further Reading||261|