From December 4th, 1944 to January 10th, 1945 the men of the regiment "vacationed" in England. This word, obviously, is misused if accepted in its fullest implication. Nevertheless, compared to the intensive training which was -now so much water under the bridge and compared to the misery which undoubtedly lay ahead, the "tight little isle" was undoubtedly a vacation spot. The powers that be surely realized this for they made available the opportunities of passes and furloughs for as many of the men as possible and as often as, possible within the limitations of space and time. Falling in the scope of these arrangements were visits to Scotland and Ireland. There were furloughs to visit with relatives who might never have been seen before or with brothers or cousins or even uncles who, also, were here in the armed forces. And there were special localities which, it was realized, would always be centers of attraction.
Among these, naturally, was London. This was the blitzed city--in fact it was still being blitzed! There was London Bridge. There was The Tower. There was Westminster and Buckingham Palace. There was Picadilly. There was Limehouse. There were cultural and historical attractions--as well as many social inducements.
Bournemouth and Boscombe themselves were by no means slight attractions. There were the beaches and the walks along them. There was the Hippodrome and the "cinemas" or the "flickers." There were the pubs and the fish-and-chips houses. There was sailboating. There were skating rinks and a multitude of other pastimes to keep every GI sufficiently busy and happy the whole time there!
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