Dear Mr. Hunter....
16 August 2018
Dear Mr. Hunter,
I know it is unusual for the character in a book to write a letter to the author, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
You wrote me out of the “The Blue Max” on page 215 when you had the Hauptmann send me away to the Army Replacement Center. I was shocked and angry at the time, but what sealed my fate was the letter Heidemann sent along the way that questioned my judgement and identified me as untrustworthy.
That condemnation set into motion a series of events that defined my story. Over the next three months, I will share that story. A lot of it I am not particularly proud of, some it I am ashamed of.
War can be like that.
So I write this letter to ask your forgiveness ahead of time for sharing a story you never wrote. I will do my best to complete your story as well from my new assignment at Bellicourt. On November 11th both my story and the Centennial of the Great War will be complete.
I will leave it to the historians to decide who are the Angels and who are the Devils.
Unteroffizier Gerhardt Rupp
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