This collection (86 items) contains letters that Captain Leonard Lord wrote to his wife Marge while serving in the United States Army's European Civil Affairs regiments during World War II.
Lord's first letter, dated December 8, 1943, concerns his experiences at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, where his unit tested toxic gases. He wrote the remaining letters from Europe between June 3, 1944, and February 27, 1946. In the summer of 1944, Lord was stationed in England; by the fall of that year he had been deployed to France, where he commented on the effects of the war on French citizens and mentioned his travels, though he could not reveal his specific locations. On several occasions, Lord referred to his previous experiences in France during World War I. By April 1945, Lord's unit, part of the 3rd Army, was involved in relocating displaced Europeans, many of whom had been forced laborers in German camps; some required medical procedures such as amputations. Lord worked in Bamberg and Würzburg, Germany, until at least February 1946; he and his units worked with liaison officers from European countries such as Poland and the Soviet Union, and Lord reported that some Soviet citizens did not wish to return. In his later letters, Lord sometimes discussed his finances. At least one letter is addressed to Lord's brother Edward ("Ted").