|Original Letter from Patti to Tom|
And why shouldn’t I write to you in French rather than in English, since you took courses in both in your junior high and high school?
I’m always thinking of my “little brother” in America, and if I don’t write, it’s not that I’m thinking of you any less. Your letters give us all much pleasure. I have the two letters written to Mom, and the first written to Dad. There was nothing in them specially for me, but “(German phrase here that we're getting translated)... that doesn’t matter, ……”, right?
For some of these letters, Jason gives me some supplementary reading that gives me insight into what is happening in the war- a lot of it has been sort of peripheral stuff in terms of our story: fighting on the Russian borders, u-boats torpedoing various ships, etc. But the information for this day was quite fascinating.
On January 10, 1940, a German plane crashed into Belgium. This is called the Michelen Incident. This plane was a small, private plane with just two officers who were traveling to another base. No one was shooting at it, they didn’t go in illegal skies, they just got lost in a series of fog banks. This minor weather problem steered them off-course, and ultimately they made a crash landing. One of the officers happened to have top-secret files about an invasion of France that was supposed to happen following a series of events to be kicked off January 17th. The plane crash resulted in the sharing of this top-secret information, which inevitably delayed the invasion of France to May of 1940. For a general article about this event, visit this site.