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In Photos: Alson Hoffman's diary, photos chronicle WWII France

"So ends a glorious two-day leave in Paris," the Canadian soldier concluded in a 1944 diary entry. "But still wish I was home with wifie."

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Alson Hoffman and his wife Margaret Almas Hoffman, taken after he enlisted in the fall 1942.

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Alson Hoffman on leave in Paris, Nov. 23, 1944.

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Mr. Hoffman's diary entry, describing his visit to Paris.

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Embroidered souvenir handkerchiefs -- like this one, which Mr. Hoffman sent home to his wife -- were already being produced while the war was still on.

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A telegram from Mr. Hoffman's wife, dated December 16, 1944.

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Mr. Hoffman in St. Omer with his colleagues in the pay office; May 12, 1945.

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Mr. Hoffman outside the Canadian General Hospital at Sande, Germany on Sept. 3, 1945.

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The final entry in Mr. Hoffman’s war diary, January 26, 1946.

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