This GI letter home was written on a sheet of Hitler’s personal letterhead, removed from the Berghof by a soldier in the 101st Airborne Division.
“My Dear Ma, Dick & Charles
Here is a sheet of Hitler’s stationery which I found yesterday. It was underground in a tunnel, directly under his home on the mountain. There are miles upon of tunnels. Every thing you can think of is under there. Radio stations, switch boards, living rooms, could live under there for ages.
A lovely day out, played volley ball this morning and my sun-tan is certainly coming along okay. Also did a washing of clothes, which took up a couple of hours.
Here is a ribbon which the krauts get with the iron cross. I thought the stationery and ribbon would be a nice souvenir.
Well that’s about all for now.
From your trooper, loads of love and kisses, Eddie.”
In her autobiography, Hitler’s secretary, Traudl Junge, describes the different types of stationery in use at the time.
“For instance, there was the stationery that Hitler used in his capacity as head of state for all personal letters. The paper was white with the national emblem of the eagle and swastika on the top-left hand corner, and the words ‘Der Führer’ printed under it in gold.”