Postcards, April 11, 2003
[Series of 11 postcards addressed to Mrs. J.P. Hendrickson]
[Scene: La Frontière illustrée, VILLERUPT. - Rue Pouyer-Quertier]
April 11- 1919-
We have been playing for most a week now for 6th Corps
concert at nite is all we have to do- some times its just
play for a show.
[added in address area:]
You will probly not hear more from he
until I get in camp over there.
[Scene: VILLERUPT. - Un coin de la Place - Jour de Marchéā]
Then we have all the day to our selves and Elmer & I have visited
the steel mills here and close here. It would be impossible to
describe the state of waste - thru systematic distruction the
plant is now in.
[Scene: VILLERUPT. - Quartier de Micheville]
This is the offices & official houses at the entrance of the
large plant. It is an immense one. Doing a great work before &
during the war. No copper or Brass or engines have been left. All
vital parts have been blown up or demolished in some manner.
[Scene: La Frontière illustrée, VILLERUPT. - Rue de Micheville]
This is the business street of the city- and there is no danger
of being run over at any time of the day. Perfectly safe at all
times. Well I understand we are transferred to the s.o.s. for
transportation home - which I hope begins operating on us -
sooner the quicker -
[Scene: Esch-Alzette, Gelsenkirchener Hütte - Hauts-fourneaux]
These big smeltering works are in Esch- close here- have been
there a few times. They turn out nothing at present but pig iron.
Fine looking plant
Esch is also a much larger town than this one we are in.
This evening we took a 5 m[in]. walk which took us over into
[Scene: Esch-Alzette, Adolf Emil Hütte]
20 minutes more would have put us into Luxemburg. So to go from
one country to another here - is only a matter of a very few
From Esch it would take only a short time on a wheel to ride
into Belgium. I thot of doing it today as we have done nothing at
all but weather is a bit rainy & I thot best not to.
[Scene: Esch-Alzette, Metzer-Schmelz - Dampf-Turbinen der
The machinery in this plant as the cut shows is some of the best.
This plant - even tho in Lux. did a big work during the war
furnishing the germans with munitions.
This plant at Villerupt is typical of hundreds of others
thru out northern & eastern France - which have been
[Scene: Esch-Alzette, Aachener Hütte]
destroyed in like manner - & will take years to restore them to
their original condition of efficiency.
It is a constant reminder to the men on reconstruction work
- of the inhuman actions of the huns - and if ever they should
have a feeling of leniency in their hearts toward the huns - only
to open their eyes & look about would drive it out forever.
[Scene: Esch-Alzette, HoeterstraŠe]
german prisoners are used to some extent in restoring order. They
look on the American soldier as he walks along in his care free
manner with a peculiar expression on his face - one of resentment
I imagine - for had we staid out of it - this all would belong to
Germany now - where as they have lost all & now no more than
slaves to their folly. And I should not wonder and they wish that
- ones more responsible for this vast waste - than themselves
were here to help them to clean up the rubbish they were so
willing to make. You feel good to see them laboring on their own
works of destruction - and sympathy is the last feeling you would
have towards them.
[Scene: Esch-Alzette, Casino und Beamtenhauser der
Gelsenkirchener Akt. Ges.]
yesterday I rec. your letter of Mar. 18- certainly sorry my
letter telling you of my return from the haspitas has been so
slow getting to you. I don't know how long after you rec. these
cards it will be before I am home. but I hope not very long. And
please don't make any effort to see me in camp before being
demobolized - for I have a desire to see you at home-first. Have
been informed our sailing date has been put up a notch & we
expect to be on the move any time now.
[Scene: Esch-Alzette, Synagogue]
Our trip to Nice has passed away the month of march as if it were
shorter than shortest month of the year. And this weeks vacation
here has been a means of passing away the fore part of this month
[runs] rapidly & successful. So the days go fast even tho the
great event is a matter of days any more instead of weeks. With
love to all & hoping to be with you once more & soon. I am as
ever your loving son-