“Letters were a great comfort. And the mail was indispensable. We couldn’t have won the war without it. It was terribly important as a motivator of the troops. Mail call, whenever it happened it was a delight,” Paul Fussel commented about mail during World War II. Love letters had a large impact on soldiers and their loved ones; they also affected their attitudes and performances, and the letter content was similar in almost all letters home. Receiving a letter was one of the best things a person could get whether you were in the war or you were home while a loved one was at war.
Because soldiers were gone for long periods of time, people depended on their letters from their loved ones at the war (“Letters from the Front”). Letters, however, were not only important to the mothers, wives, children, and other relatives, but they were also important to all the soldiers at war. When families received letters it let them know how the soldier was doing which would give the family relief. When a loved one is away constant worry becomes real, getting a letter telling loved ones they are okay is the best thing. A private named Sid Phillips celebrated his eighteenth birthday in the war, and the next day he got a letter from home and said it was “The best present possible” (“Communication”).
All the letters sent out of the war were monitored so that the enemy could not get any information to help them get ahead in the war. When soldiers wrote letters they were sent to a place that would black out any information that would be useful to the enemy before it was sent home. The place that would black out information on the letters was known as the blackout station. Even though the letters would be sent away for monitoring, the soldiers themselves would try to watch what they revealed also. Because the letters were so strictly monitored, all the soldiers could really tell their families was that they were okay (“Communication”).
Locations were always kept a secret in the war and if a soldier were to put their secret location in a letter it would be blacked out at the blackout station. Soldiers would rarely get more that a twenty-four hour notice before they had to leave their present locations. So, they would have to spontaneously pick up what they had and go someplace new. Most of the soldiers would not care that they had little time to pack up and leave because they were working toward ending the war (Frederick). Some soldiers would have to visit all the secret locations to get statements, so they had to move every day (“Letters from the Front”).
Probably the hardest part about getting letters was the waiting game. It took a long time to send and receive mail from the soldiers because it had to be monitored and sent very far away (“Communication”). Because soldiers were gone for long periods of time it made their loved ones have to wait to see them again. This is why families depended on letters from their loved ones. It was hard for them to wait because...