Posted by: notsofancynancy | May 29, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Background

Dad Wrote "Judson Haviland  in bomb crater"

Dad Wrote “Judson Haviland in bomb crater”

This is from my father’s World War II Collection. This comes after their Company was bombed. Judson Haviland is standing in the bomb crater. The background here is bombed ground.


  1. I have to say, that is really awesome!!!

    • Thank you so much. I feel blessed that I am able to share my father’s WWII stuff!

  2. It looks very scary to me – wars are horrible. I’m so glad you father survived this hard time.

    • Me too! I feel blessed to have him come home in one piece!

  3. They’re still finding unexploded WWII bombs buried in the ground.

    • That is just crazy….70 years later and still finding them. Dad talks in a later letter about driving through the area and II guess it was not easy driving around with all those craters in the way. I can’t imagine what that was like for these men.

      • I was stationed in Germany in the early 70’s, then as now, at construction sites they still find WWII bombs. Fire Depts. are trained to defuse them. When traipsing through wooded areas around Frankfurt, the terrain was rough, like it had been cratered.

      • Interesting that the land still holds the scars of the war as our soldier held the scars in their hearts for the rest of their lives.

  4. Crazy – in Graf they have areas that were carpet bombed that they are still finding unexploded ordnance. Hell of a crater your Dad is standing in.

    • It was a rough time for my father’s company. I am glad they made it home alive.

  5. That crater would still be there if it was to be left alone. The hills above Normandy is still peppered with huge craters from Allied shelling/bombing. If Lefty was close by, he should have felt the ground shaking under him.

    • I found a letter after the censor’s were lifted where he explains the day they got bombed. Not only was the ground shaking but the men on the ground were shaking in their boots. I can’t tell more or I will ruin the story so stay tuned. It is the end of Dec on this next post so only 4 months until VE Day!

  6. Woah, that’s scary isn’t it? I don’t know how these boys came home and managed regular lives after that.

    • Dad had PTSD and lived with it. Of course it was unheard of back then. Every time a car backfired when he was asleep he rolled off of the bed and was under it before he woke up. For the most part he lived a normal life or what was normal to us.

  7. I felt a little clutch at my heart hearing you refer to your dad’s PTSD. I don’t know that it helps anyone to today to have a name for the disorder, but to have the effects of what your dad experienced and have the majority of people think “the war is over, you’re fine” when clearly no one could be, hurts a little, I think. I have never seen such a crater! I’m grateful for the photo, Nancy, because it adds to my understanding of what our servicemen endured.

    • Thank you so much. I had hope this journey would give us a idea of what went on there and it certainly has

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