[OS] I transcribed my Granddad's letter he wrote to his parents 71 years ago detailing his role in the Rhine Invasion/Operation Varsity on March 24, 1945. He details flying in with 100s of Allied gliders, setting up in a forest for the night, and coming face to face with Germans. [1343x5904]


Well done. This might be actually awesome. Have you any idea which device he ended up being with? I'd have to do some digging to out figure that. He made a poster board that has a complete lot of pictures and info from their ...



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  • Well done. This is really awesome. Do you know which unit he was with?
  • I would have to do some digging to figure that out. He made a poster board that has a lot of pictures and info from his time in the war on it but I believe it is at my uncle's house. I'll try my best to find out. Thank you for taking the time to read it!
  • No problem. I really love reading about people digging into their families history.
  • If I had to guess, he was probably apart of the 17th Airborne Division. They were the main American force for Operation Varsity. He may have already been assigned to them from the start, or it was a conditional attachment just for the operation itself. It was most likely the latter, as he has the aviator pin, which meant he was in the Army Air Corps, a completely separate entity of the Airborne forces.
  • This is a really interesting read; thank you for submitting it here. Also, have you thought about contacting any universities or historical societies to preserve the letter? I'm sure that they would love to have it and preserve it for future generations.
  • I have not actually. My uncle has the original letter. I am assuming he wants to keep it in the family but I will be sure to ask him if he has any plans for it. Thanks for reading!
  • Amazing work. You've done a service to your grandfather.
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