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1918 Nov. 16

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint received Rhea's letters from late October, and has heard that those divisions sent over first will be first to return, so he is hopeful. He's put on weight since he left home, and he now weighs 140 lbs. He's living with two other men in a culvert under a road, one end of which they've blocked off with dirt and the other they have a canvas tarp over. He heard good news from home, that Frank retur... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Aug. 4

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint attended his first Catholic church service at the request of his commanding officer because the local church invited the officers to attend. The French was very beautiful, although he could only understand a little of it. They had a Protestant service after the Catholic one, and some of the officers will be leaving for home in order to organize new regiments. He insists that he's not going to ru... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Nov. 19

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint is writing from his new home of a few days, a railway station abandoned by the Germans. He's not sure what paper he's writing on but he thinks it has something to do with the 8th War Loan. American, French, and Belgian flags are hung from all the buildings and everyone seems happy. He reflects on the course of their romance and promises to send her photos as soon as he is able. The reverse side ... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Oct. 12

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint replies to Rhea's question by telling her that he is no longer engaged and she should soon receive some letters from him with more of his thoughts. The direction of their relationship will be discussed when he returns home, but he urges her not to feel obligated to wait for him, although he loves her and will not fall in love with anyone else in the meantime. When he spoke about her to Llyod, he... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Nov. 11

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Since the firing stopped at 11am, they are starting to really believe the fighting is over. They're still in a muddy trench so it doesn't feel much different except for the oppressive silence. He writes about his visit to Paris, including his experience taking taxis and meeting two American girls who were part of a theater troupe invited by the Y.M.C.A. They saw the show and found out that one of the... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Sept. 7 – 1918 Sept. 8

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint is out in a camp in the woods now, and it has been raining hard for days. He couldn't finish his letter last night because he got talking with the other men. They have a French sergeant with them as an interpreter who served at Verdun for 21 months. His next opportunity for leave might not be for a while, so her Christmas gift might be late. He speculates on the favorable progress of the war and... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Mar. 28

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint got his first letter from Boyd along with a belated one from Rhea, and finds hearing about what's happening back home surreal compared to what he is experience in Europe. He writes about his situation and the fighting and shell-torn villages he has seen. They ride on horseback most of the time and he's become friends with the supply lieutenant who speaks French and is good at getting them food. ... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Oct. 22

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - The mail has been coming more often thanks to a new arrangement by the military post, and Clint has been re-reading her last letter over and over. Somehow he had come to believe that her religion forbid intermarriage, so he is thrilled to learn that is not the case. He writes about earlier times in their relationship, when he was still engaged to another woman and uncertain about the future and his fe... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Oct. 4

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint is staying in an "elephant iron house" now, which he describes as a corrugated metal structure with a roof of dirt and stones. It was built originally by the French, taken by the Germans, and now re-taken by the French and Americans. The landscape around them is the most desolate he's seen so far. He's back with his old friend that he mentioned before, who Clint had to fetch a cigarette for sinc... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers

1918 Nov. 26

Brann, Clinton T., 1891-1961

Letter from Clinton T. Brann to Rhea Oppenheimer

France - Clint has been to two foreign countries since he last wrote to Rhea and will be in another very soon. He describes their journey through Belgium and the enthusiastic reception they received there. In Luxembourg, he writes that though the people speak German, they feel they have been "delivered" from the Germans by the war. He writes about their pleasant stay in Luxembourg and their Thanksgiving over t... more

Clinton T. Brann Papers