Those of us who had fathers or grandfathers who fought in World War 2 will be aware of the deep bonds of affection and comradeship inspired by shared experiences on the battlefield. In many cases, these yielded close and enduring friendships. Some of these we would now see as gay relationships. But we talk of a time when such relationships were frowned upon, at best, or illegal at worst.
The Internet is now publishing a letter of love shared and, apparently, lost between two soldiers, Dave and Brian. The two men met and fell in love while on duty in Africa in 1943. Their romance seems, however, to have ended in a tragic parting. Maybe someone, somewhere knows otherwise. The sad, heartfelt and sincere story that the letter reveals will resonate with anyone who has a heart, who has loved and who has lost. Here comes an extract. Have the tissues handy.
This is in memory of an anniversary -- the anniversary of October 27th, 1943, when I first heard you singing in North Africa. That song brings memories of the happiest times I have ever known. Memories of a GI show troop -- curtains made from barrage balloons -- spotlights made from cocoa cans -- rehearsals that ran late into the evenings -- and a handsome boy with a wonderful tenor voice ...
The happiness when told we were going home -- and the misery when we learned that we would not be going together. Fond goodbyes on a secluded beach beneath the star-studded velvet of an African night, and the tears that would not be stopped as I stood atop the sea-wall and watched your convoy disappear over the horizon..."
Here comes the letter in its entireity.
Lustralboy says: we keep coming back to this for another read. We're out of tissues.
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