A couple of comments -
- the use of "Bobby" as a nickname. It is interesting that the German WW2 generation had the fashion of using English nicknames. Doubly interesting in light of the relatively forgotten fact that of all their opponents in WW2, the English may well have been the most hated. Hated, I think, because they were seen as interfering in continental affairs and blocking Germany from enjoying what they had - a worldwide empire. Speaking as an American, the US view of WW2 is heavily shaped by the British viewpoint and this German hatred of the Brits has been swept under the rug to a large degree. One hears more about the chivalry between the two.
The usage of English nicknames screwed me up for a while in my Lauchert letter translations. The letters, written in Suetterlin, contained many references to a person named "Bill" which seemed like I must have been reading it wrong. Later, I found out that his adjutant was a Wilhelm Esser - whose nickname was indeed Bill.
- The Weiss letter has interesting comments about how quickly disease can take someone down. I knew Otto Guensche who was built like an oak tree. It was a shock when he went down without warning.
- Weiss talks of the micro-processor as presenting new problems for mankind. Interesting that he would automatically think of technological progress in terms of problems, whereas I'm sure most of us see it more as a miracle - just thinking of the computer's effect on medical reearch alone! That negative attitude seems to still be current in Germany when one considers their reaction to genetic manipulation and nuclear power. Maybe it is partly because Germany suffered technological defeat in WW2.