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Private Papers of H H Kassman – Letter and Telegram from Kassman to Mother, March 5-8, 1941






H. Henry Kassman


הצבא הבריטי


Imperial War Museum (IWM)

Folder Number:

Gunner HH Kassman 1-6.1941


Letter and telegram from Gunner H. Henry Kassman to his mother, from within a file of his correspondence between 1941-1943 compiled by his daughter in 2010. File’s contents are primarily typed letters and other correspondence, occasionally reproduced (often in addition to the typed version), and also include photographs, diary entries from Kenneth Rankin’s book Top-Hats in Tobruk, some other written materials, and some explanatory material. For further information, please see the folder summary. For all posts about this collection, please click on the “H. Henry Kassman” tag in this post.

Page 13: Short letter from Kassman to mother dated March 5, 1941. Some “very tense moments on our gun-site nowadays” and they are prepared for potential visits from Colonels, Brigadiers, and Generals (notably in cleanliness of their site). Mentions windy March weather. Short trip today “in connection with our tradesman’s occupation.” Kassman is to cook for the party.

Telegram to mother, presumably from Henry (signed ‘Kassman’), dated March 8, 1941, addressed to Kassman in London. Message: “Many happy returns both fit deepest love.” (Note: “EFM” is typed before “Kassman”, which gives the impression that these are initials. In fact, EFM stands for “Expeditionary Forces Message” – this was an EFM telegram. The letters “EFM” appear near the telegram’s text – in at least one format of the EFM telegrams, it is positioned immediately before the addressee, on the same line as the name.)


One page, typed. Dated March 5-8, 1941.

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