A letter from Lieutenant Colonel Tilling to Ann Graetz, December 1945
10 December 1945
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After receiving a letter from Hanns’ aggrieved fiancée, Ann, complaining at the lack of mail she had received from him, Hanns’ superior felt obliged to respond: 10 December 1945 Dear Madam, As Captain Alexander’s Commanding Officer I feel that some explanation is due from me as to his apparent unwillingness to write to you. Owing to the peculiar qualities of Captain Alexander’s character, he is invariably chosen for the most hazardous tasks, and in fact at the moment has been detailed by me to carry out a priority investigation into a German harem. This will, of course, entail working at high pressure by day and night, but in spite of working single handed, it is anticipated that with Captain Alexander’s enthusiasm and drive the job should be completed in time for a well earned rest at Christmas in order that he may replenish the lead in his pencil. In conclusion Madam, may I wish you a very happy Christmas, but I feel I must add a word of sympathy with you in your gallant, but I fear, unavailing task, of piloting Captain Alexander successfully through the troubled waters of married life. I am, Madam, your obedient servant, T. H. Tilling (Lt Col) P.S. Actually Alex has no excuse, so if I were you I’d make your next letter even stronger.
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