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C'est La Guerre - My War, WWII


For those of us who were there; and for anyone who cares

This is not meant to be any kind of history, nor do I like to think of it as memoirs. Veterans know that wartime experiences never really leave us, do not become memories or reminiscences but remain an integral part of our lives for so long as we live. You cannot have survived a war, seen what it does to people and their environs without being irrevocably changed, without the experience profoundly influencing reaction to everyone you meet, everything you see in later years.


The links to this page, unless otherwise noted, were written by me about people I knew and events I experienced. Knew and experienced more than half a century ago. They are as accurate, as true and unembroidered as could possibly be, not having to be dredged up from a distant half-forgotten past -- but, rather, daily companions which merely awaited verbalization.


The graphic on this page is a black and white reproduction of my painting Durante La Guerra, 1948, oil on canvas 16"x20", in the collection of Mr and Mrs Wm W Wiley, Jr, California. Graphics and all text at this site are copyrighted by Andrea Bacigalupa, and may not be reprinted for publication without permission.


THE WARTIME LINKS
Children of War
Christmas 1944, Southampton
Maman - Belgium, February 1945
The Refugees - Spring, 1945

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