From: South Carolina, USA
27 June 1938
"Mother, thank you for the clipping on German humor. It is hard to be "sporting and philosophical" knowing the foreign shore holds nothing but godless communists, and disgruntled Turks. Already fifteen of our modern destroyers, proud new construction, lie beneath the waves. How I wish we were on the other side of the narrow straits. This Black Sea may prove black indeed for Italy.
I understand that the government is claiming a great victory here, but enemy losses are a light cruiser, five old destroyers, some decent subs, and some old ones. We have shot down planes also, but the officers say the losses are more a draw than a victory.
The sailors are not finished by any means, and we all think we can finish the Red Banner fleet off, but there will be costs, and for what?
The Duce listens too much to the sporting, philosophical, humorous Führer.
Your loving son,
This letter was captured on a supply boat returning from the RM fleet. Supply interdiction is already happening.
Observers at the straits counted as many as 74 modern destroyers in the RM force. Unless they were fooled by ships sailing in a circle this indicates Italian production of warships. Italy is now an ally of Germany, and the USSR reiterates that an Axis occupied Turkey is counter to Soviet Strategic policy.
The Italian Main Line of Resistance in Turkey has not yet been located, but we expect Ankara to be defended. The Red Army knows it has a fight on its hands. We have begun to bring some extra forces south, without stripping the defenses of the Motherland. We are ready for this battle to be the first of many, and we fully expect a long war.