I have put this letter in a packet with Heinz, which he is delivering to Berlin, a good friend H, sorry he lost the eye but still it could be worse. If you are reading it then that is good, I had hoped to avoid any unpleasentness for you that a uncencored letter would cause.
Things are tough here in the East, the cold is unberable, the trucks will not start, and we get our tanks going by lighting fires under the engines. Few of our planes can fly and the infantrymen are ill equiped, my jubalation over our early victories has faded and I fear this will be a long long struggle. I struggle with the guilt of these shortcomings, yet Berlin keeps asking when the next offensives can begin. We heard news from the South that V took a port, and then launched a multi pronged attack into the areas to the east, landing behind rostov! Well, the weather is much better there, good luck to those guys I say. I had hoped to have our northern campeign wraped up by Christmass so I could see you and the girls, that will not be. My only hope of seeing you is if the F decides to relieve me for my honesty.
I have not heard from Karl in months, I am sure things go well for our son, his posting as a military attache in Rome should keep him safe, again my guilt is felt but I am his father and must put his safety first. Please continue to write, but be VERY careful, all your letters will be read by the goons!
Your loving husband,
Classified TOP SECRET eyes only GHQ berlin
To General Staff report of Dec 11, 1941
From Field Marshell Kurt v Stessel
Minor enemy attacks allong the center, troops other than those billitted in towns/cities suffering from severe winter conditions. Offensive operations exceipt for artillery shelling and minor advances in South impossible till weather improves. 58% of planes out for same, Foresee no threats to current positions, adjusting formations to resupply those overextended from recent attacks. As weather improves in early 42, as predicted, will launch operations blister and stormcloud. The loss of the three mobile supply centers should be noted, there replacement is critical should we acheive a breakout and wish to exploit the intial successes.
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