Here are the latest of Dad’s letters, covering the period to the end of 1945. A new government was in power, gradually civilian life was trying to return to normal. And Dad was being moved around the country as he continued his training. For the first time there is mention of his possible posting to Palestine: he refers to being chased by ‘Arabs and Yids’. It is not comfortable to see him express it this way, given both the prejudicial phraseology and knowing what the Jews had been through. We also continue to share his frustration at never meeting Mum on leave, including ringing four times and getting no answer. It would have ‘done his nut in’ as he would say.
We are also introduced to Bert, his best friend from his time in the paras, a Yorkshire man who kept Dad out of trouble, or so Dad claimed.
And finally a couple of his poems from this time, one of which he alludes to in the letter, promising Mum a beret and gaiters.