Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

History

First Advisor

Prof. Martha Hanna

Abstract

This thesis argues that men in the Tenth Mountain Division discussed their war in letters home from the front in Italy. In particular, they wrote about the effects of censorship, their impressions of Italy and the Italians, the experiences of combat and their anticipation of the end of the war. Importantly, soldiers revealed many details about their wartime experiences, especially while in combat. This thesis will contribute to the ongoing discussion over the value of soldiers’ letters as historical sources, demonstrating that these soldiers at least were willing to discuss their experiences of combat in their letters home. These letters home are important sources to understand conceptually the way that soldiers thought about and wrote about the war and remained connected to the home front.

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