Smitty’s drawings and a cold shower


Cartoons afford so much information with great humour and these capture the essence of comradeship between service personnel everywhere.

Pacific Paratrooper

Various Army latrines Various Army latrines

Smitty did not write home about his experience with the showers. (Unfortunately, I do not remember which island this story occurred on.)

He was coming back into camp after having a nice cold shower.  He walked back with a towel wrapped around his middle and held it closed with his left hand.  The jungle appeared quiet except for the buzzing of the insects whizzing around him.

WAC Invasion

He said, “You know how annoying just one mosquito can be when it’s hovering by your ears.  This was like a swarm and I tried like hell to use my right hand to swat them away from my face.  When I began to approach our tents there was not one man to be seen and I couldn’t imagine where they all went.  As I got closer I could hear the G.I.s yelling and they were waving their arms as they crouched…

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5 comments on “Smitty’s drawings and a cold shower

  1. GP Cox says:

    Thank you very much for sharing one of my father’s posts with your readers. This is greatly appreciated!

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    • Being old enough to remember the joy brought to my family by letters from uncles engaged in fighting on several war fronts, as well as their joy in receiving even my childish efforts tacked on to the bottom of a letter written by my dad, your posts evoked many memories – and I remembered the joy we experienced when even the youngest (of whom there had been no news for almost two years), at last emerged from the jungle warfare of Wingate’s ‘phantom’ army in Burma, and came home.

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