Jan 18 1946


Whittington Bks.,



Fri. 18.1.46.


have you noticed how cold the weather is getting; I have been down to Lichfield this afternoon after I had been to the dentist, and it was cold! It really makes one shudder.

I had two teeth filled this afternoon, I have another appointment with him then I suppose I will be finished, he pulled one out last week.

Do you know what I forgot to do the other day, I never sent Ivy that telegram, it slipped my memory completely, I very often do things like that you know, I forget there are others in this world besides ourselves, but I have compromised and sent her a card I got in Lichfield today.

I went to the cinema again, I'm getting quite a film fan aren't I. The picture was called “Bring on the Girls”, plenty of legs you know, and really a good show especially “Donald Duck”.

The time is now quarter past nine, I have had several cups of tea, ( I can drink more here the W.C is quite handy ) and my supper, and here I am back on the old job again.

You know what? It will be strange when I don't have to write letters to you any more, no more good byes, when will you be coming on leave again and all that.

I keep saying roll on February, but you know the time flies really, another week and five days and this month has “had it”.

It will be Easter almost before we realize it, and then when we do wake up, darling our dreams will have come true.

How are your dear hands, much better I sincerely hope, and your cold too, what you want is a real live hot water bottle to keep you warm, in other words, ---- myself.

Do you know that so-and-so postman never turned up again today, I thought my mail was coming, too good to be true.

I have just thought of an idea how to get even with Eva, I will send her a letter with only blank paper inside with the words, “ I hope you have to pay for this letter, isn't it dear”. She will be angry with me, but I'll risk it, I'd love to see her when she gets it.

I must pen your mother a few lines tonight too, she will think I have forsaken her else.

Well my dearest, I was going to write you such a long letter, but somehow I can't you'll forgive me won't you darling.

Keep your chin up, and I will try and keep your spirits up with fan mail, darling mine are you really happy?

Till tomorrow sweetheart, I will be dreaming of you, and ever.

Everloving Sweetheart, Henry.


Miss L.M.Cooper, S.R.N.,

County Emergency Haospital,

Bowbridge Road,




Bring on the Girls (1937) Sitting in a theater box, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy make comments between the acts of a vaudeville show. Soundtracks:"California, Here I Come"

Wartime Donald Duck

Donald in Der Fuehrer's Face

Several of Donald's shorts during the war were propaganda films, most notably Der Fuehrer's Face, released on January 1, 1943. In it, Donald plays a worker in an artillery factory in "Nutzi Land" (Nazi Germany). He struggles with long working hours, very small food rations, and having to salute every time he sees a picture of the Führer (Adolf Hitler). These pictures appear in many places, such as on the assembly line in which he is screwing in the detonators of various sizes of shells. In the end he becomes little more than a small part in a faceless machine with no choice but to obey until he falls, suffering a nervous breakdown. Then Donald wakes up to find that his experience was in fact a nightmare. At the end of the short Donald looks to the Statue of Liberty and the American flag with renewed appreciation. Der Fuehrer's Face won the 1942 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Der Fuehrer's Face was also the first of two animated short films to be set during the War to win an Oscar, the other being Tom & Jerry's short film, The Yankee Doodle Mouse. Other notable shorts from this period include the Army shorts, seven films that follow Donald's life in the US Army from his drafting to his life in basic training under sergeant Pete to his first actual mission as a commando having to sabotage a Japanese air base. Titles in the series include:

* Donald Gets Drafted (May 1, 1942)

* The Vanishing Private (September 25, 1942)

* Sky Trooper (November 8, 1942)

* Fall Out Fall In (April 23, 1943)

* The Old Army Game (November 5, 1943)

* Home Defense (November 26, 1943)

* Commando Duck (June 2, 1944)

Donald Gets Drafted also featured Donald having a physical examination before joining the army. According to it Donald has flat feet and is unable to distinguish between the colors green and blue, which is a type of color blindness. Also in this cartoon sergeant Pete comments on Donald's lack of discipline.

It is also noteworthy that thanks to these films, Donald graced the nose artwork of virtually every type of WWII Allied combat aircraft, from the L-4 Grasshopper to the B-29 Superfortress.

Donald also appears as a mascot—such as in the Army Air Corps 309th Fighter Squadron[8] and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, which showed Donald as a fierce-looking pirate ready to defend the American coast from invaders.[9] Donald also appeared as a mascot emblem for: 415th Fighter Squadron; 438th Fighter Squadron; 479th Bombardment Squadron; 531st Bombardment Squadron.

During World War II, Disney cartoons were not allowed to be imported into Occupied Europe. Since this cost Disney a lot of money, he decided to create a new audience for his films in South America. He decided to make a trip through various Latin American countries with his assistants, and use their experiences and impressions to create two feature length animation films. The first was Saludos Amigos, which consisted of four short segments, two of them with Donald Duck. In the first, he meets his parrot pal Jose Carioca. The second film was The Three Caballeros, in which he meets his rooster friend Panchito. Source Wikipedia.