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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
April 1945
5th Rain in night. British 2nd Army reach Weser and capture Minden. Looking for Dr. Wirth but he did not turn up.
4th Dull but less wind. Mother in bed again, looking all day, for Dr. Smith. Holland being cleared. V-bomb sites nearly cut off.
3rd Cold with showers. Munster captured and Osnabruck surrounded. (45 km apart). Cassel reported captured. (Cassel until 1926, then Kassel. In Northern Hesse, Germany - one of the two origins of the Weser River. Waiting all day for Dr. Smith but he did not turn up.
2nd Easter Monday. Fairly nice day. Did a lot of gardening. Finished taking down old hump. (In front of Anderson air raid shelter?). Great improvement. Monty 100 miles beyond Rhine. 100,000 surrounded in Ruhr. Hilda and Fanny came to tea.
1st Easter Sunday. Dull and very windy. Monty 70 miles beyond Rhine. Germans pulling out of Holland. No raids, think they are all over.
March 1945
31st Dull and windy and rather cold. Had day off. Made garden look nice. Started to demolish old hump, in front of the shelter. No rockets or sirens again today, believe they have finished. Montys troops now 65 miles east of Rhine. 66 raids this month. Total 1076.
30th Good Friday. Fine but windy and rather cool. Hilda called in morning. Security silence still on. No raids last night or today.
29th Fairly nice day, over 60 degrees but rather unsettled. British tanks racing across N. Germany. Security black-out covering movements. Chaos everywhere. Old Jerry having last fling with doodles. Have had 9 raids since midnight 5 during night (one 3.30 - 6 a.m.) but did not get up and 4 during morning. A doodle went along this morning. 66 so far this month. Home until Tuesday.
28th Dull but mild 60 degrees. Great things happening on West Front. German front shattered. Everybody thinks war will soon be over. Raids 1.35 - 1.50, 2.35 - 2.50, 3.40 - 3.45, 6.5 - 6.15, 7.40 - 7.55, 8.40 - 8.55 p.m.
27th Better day. Great news. German resistance in West is collapsing. Montys troops have began breakout from bridgehead. Pattons armour reported 50 miles beyond Rhine. War may soon end. Raids 2.35 - 2.50, 3.50 - 4, 7.30 - 7.45 a.m.
26th Rained all day, cold. (Cousin) Clarice came for day. Battle going very well. Churchill has been over Rhine again and is now home. 5 Raids last night 12.35 - 12.50, 1.15 - 1.30, 2.20 - 2.30, 3.15 - 3.25, 5 - 5.10 a.m. Did not get up but heard a lot of gunfire and some bangs. Lloyd George dead. (David Lloyd George, U.K. Prime Minister of a war-time coalition 1916-1922. Leader of the Liberal Party 1926-1931. Died of Cancer).
25th Dull, wet evening. Rhine crossing going well. Bridgehead now 30 miles long and 7 miles deep. 10,00 sortees flown yesterday for loss of 90 aircraft. Americans have broken out of their Remagen bridgehead. Pattons tanks have also advanced 27 miles East of Rhine. Raid 7.40 - 8 a.m. Heard 2 doodles go along in distance and heavy gunfire. Churchill been over Rhine.
24th The great attack across the Northern Rhine has begun. Woke up this morning and heard planes going over low, jumped out of bed and saw great gliders going over and knew that the big day had come. First crossings were made at 9 last night. The airbornes were landed at 10 this morning in 1300 gliders and 200 troop transports. Good progress being made. 4 bridgeheads secured and advance of 3 miles. Glorious day, sunny all day 61 degrees. Did over hydra bed for 1st time and pruned roses. Mother bad with her leg. Alerts 3.5 - 3.15, 7 - 7.20, 7.40 - 7.55 a.m. Churchill at Montys H.Q.
23rd Glorious day of unbroken sunshine. 60 degrees. The push over Rhine has not started yet but it can't be much longer. Huge air attacks east of Rhine. Stuff being moved from Kelvedon dump. Raids 10.45 - 11.5 p.m., 3.15 - 3.25, 6.55 - 7, 7.15 - 7.25 a.m. 39 this month.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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