"Local billets, 17/5/43
Heartfelt thanks for your letter of 13/5, which I got today. I am glad to hear that you are still well. I can say the same thing for me.
I could have written in my last letter that I have doubts about your betrothal, but I did not want to disappoint you. I had let an older comrade read the letter and he told me right away: 'And you believe that?' Ah, well, even if it had been that way, I could not have done anything about it anyway.
I wrote you once that I got transferred to the tank branch, and that is were I am now, at the workshop. We are in the South of France, a marvelous spot. Today, we had over 30° heat again. As you can imagine, I go swimming every day. As for the uniform: It's a black one. I could have sent you a picture, but as long as I don't have a large one of you, I won't send you one.
That's it for today.
Very heartfelt greetings from