War Letters International

Based in the United States, the Legacy Project was created in 1998 by an American author named Andrew Carroll and a group of volunteers who feel passionately about history and are now working to preserve letters (and e-mails) written in times of war. In the past five years, the Legacy Project has received tens of thousands of letters written during every major conflict in U.S. history, including the American Revolution, Civil War, First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, peacekeeping efforts in Somalia and Bosnia, and the recent fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. These letters (and e-mails) are being shared with the Legacy Project by the veterans and active military personnel who wrote them, and they illuminate with great power and intensity the nature of warfare and the sacrifices made by those who have served their nation.

From the very beginning, the Legacy Project received letters written by servicemen and women from countries other than the United States. Many American veterans and active military personnel expressed a strong interest in these foreign war letters, and they emphasized to the Legacy Project that these letters should be sought out and preserved as well. The International War Letters Campaign is a result of that appeal.


Andrew Carroll is the founder and director of the Legacy Project, as well as the editor of WAR LETTERS: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars (Scribner, 2003). All of Carroll's earnings from WAR LETTERS are being donated to veterans groups and other nonprofit organizations. The audio version of the book was nominated for a Grammy, and the book also inspired the PBS documentary "WAR LETTERS," produced by American Experience.

Carroll is also the co-founder, with the late Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, of the American Poetry & Literacy Project. The APL Project is a national, nonprofit organization that distributes free poetry books to people from all walks. Since 1993, the APL Project has handed out more than 1,000,000 books in schools, hospitals, literacy centers, train stations, subways, prisons, supermarkets, day care centers, jury waiting rooms, airports, and other public venues to encourage a greater appreciation for literacy and reading. For more information about the APL Project, please click here.


From September 2003 through April 2004, Carroll will be searching for war letters around the world and travelling to the following locales:

POLAND - Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow & Oswiecim
RUSSIA - St. Petersburg, Moscow & Volgograd
GERMANY - Berlin & Dresden

AUSTRIA - Vienna
GERMANY - Munich & Nuremberg
BELGIUM - Brussels
FRANCE - Paris
FRANCE - Normandy (Bayeux & Caen), Verdun & Lyon
ENGLAND - Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge & London

QATAR - Doha
KUWAIT - Kuwait City
INDIA - Delhi
SCOTLAND - Edinburgh
IRELAND - Dublin

JAPAN - Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Okinawa
KOREA - Seoul
CHINA - Beijing & Nanjing
VIETNAM - Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City
AUSTRALIA - Canberra & Sydney
NEW ZEALAND - Auckland & Wellington


©2003 The Legacy Project