December 21, 1944 (page 2)

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ing there.

Almost hit the barracks where Tom Geiger and I slept.  Those walls wouldn’t stop a .30 cal.[1]

I needed a shave today but didn’t feel like it, water frozen anyway

Boy the food is

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rotten.  One k-ration a day,[2] it’s a good things those packages came in from home before I left Mourmelon, France.[3]

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Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. Commanding Generals and headquarters staff had moved out of the barracks based on the assumption that the location would be an artillery target once surrounded.  That assumption proved all too correct.
  2. K-Rations were a daily combat food ration issued to airborne and other mobile units.  They were compact and included breakfast, lunch, and dinner providing 3,000 calories.  During the Battle of the Bulge, supplies were so short that many men ate K-Rations for several days.
  3. Since the 101 left Mourmelon so quickly they left with whatever supplies they had available and were woefully short on ammo, winter clothing, and food.

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