November 7, 1944

Quiet today – And the morale drops, of course – And we are always to have bombing and then quiet! I have been reading “The Life of Pasteur” by Valery-Radot. How his life developed – one step logically following the other – [142] The dys symmetry of the tartaric acid crystals, the work on wine, the fermentation..

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November 6, 1944

Bombing all day again today – it looks like the real thing – Rumors of landings in Luzon are current again – I wonder – We hear Nimitz used an offensive smoke screen in his great victory – I have heard a report about a bombing of Cologne that leaves me so shocked that I..

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November 5, 1944

Very heavy raids all day today – there must have been six waves altogether – the first raid this afternoon was the most savage we have had yet – Most of the bombing was over the bay and Port Area – We could hear the poms-poms of the warships – Anti-aircraft fire was intense –..

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November 4, 1944

No action – the morale is very low – jail sentences for stealing rice and mush, or for collecting two meals on one meal ticket. [139] The days used to pass very quickly - we seemed to gulp time – Now with more activity The days pass very slowly – Thomas Mann described this phenomenon..

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November 3, 1944

[138] Still no action. Rumors thick & fast. Atimonan, Maubau, Lamon Bay, Infanta, Vigan, Lingayen – We hear of a great naval victory off Formosa & Northeastern Luzon – the Japs lost 84 capital ships & we lost 6 – Some new offensive method used – Nimitz congratulated – Election is near – We all..

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November 2, 1944

Nov. 2nd No action – but more rumors – a relief ship is supposed to have left Japan for Vladivostok to pick up relief supplies for us (and, more important, for the Amer. War prisoners in Japan & the P.I.). The ship is reported due in Manila by Nov. 20th – there seems to be..

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November 1, 1944

[133] Nov. 1, 1944 Dearest Hope— In the days to come I shall keep a diary for you – a diary of our last days in the camp. They will be hard and trying days, for we are very short of food and there is danger from bullets and shrapnel – But they will be interesting –..

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