Wednesday, December 19, 2007

8 August 1945

Time since the last entry has passed rather quickly. The weather has been very hot and we have had quite a little rain but not as much as we would expect, as this is the rainy season.

The last couple of days have seen a tremendous upsurge in morale. Plans for the invasion of Japan have been progressing and I am sure we will be in on it. There are to be some infantry officers brought in to train us which means we will hit the beach with the rest of them. Then news of the new atomic bomb* came and the possibility that the Japs would give up before an invasion was necessary. Then today, the news that the Russians had declared war made our hopes for an early end to the war even more feasible. My guess is that the war would be over by the end of the year is more than a hope now. I feel pretty safe in saying it will come before that, but the chances of getting home by next summer look pretty good.

* The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima August 6, 1945, two days before this entry.

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