By Lt. Robert E. Langenfeld
this is often the tale of the making of a soldier. it's the tale of an everyman, his fight for self-identity and integrity in an international at conflict. a tender Man's Letters from global struggle II, a clean and compelling addition to the trove of firsthand bills of lifestyles in wartime, comprises over two hundred letters written through a pilot-in-training to his mom and dad again domestic in small-town center the United States. starting with the 1st letter, dated January 31, 1943, the correspondence bargains an genuine, own perception into how the military Air strength was once in a position to create specialist airmen and install the biggest air armada of all time in a comparatively brief interval. even as, it mirrors one guy s improvement from a possessor of his personal self-described inferiority complicated to an officer top males into conflict. It originates with Langenfeld, a personal, becoming a member of 7,000 males in uncomplicated education at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, with all of the universal drudgery identified to the newly minted fighter: drilling, sore ft, and lectures on intercourse hygiene. We watch as he undergoes a hard routine of guideline: mornings full of drills and routines, afternoons with math and physics. We see him evolve from the rookie flying easy running shoes over the cornfields of Illinois, graduate to the extra hard two-engine planes within the hill nation of Texas, and develop into the lieutenant commanding his B-24 on missions during the darkish, flak-filled skies of Germany. This attractive choice of fundamental resource fabric bargains nice aspect, humor, and conception. a tender Man's Letters from international conflict II meticulously chronicles the daily reports of the making of a soldier, a pilot, and a man.