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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
July 1941
27th Fairly nice day. Had tea out. 17 E-boats and torpedo boats sunk in the attack on Malta. Heard Mr. Harry Hopkins broadcast. (Harry Lloyd Hopkins - Special Adviser to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt during WW2)
26th Close, rain and thunder. Berlin raided last night. Had 2 short warnings in night. Had French Beans and marrow today. E-boat (fast torpedo attack boat/scaled down warship) attack made on Malta.
25th Hot day. Came home at 5.20. Very hot evening. Biggest R.A.F. daylight raid of war on Brest. Germans held in Russia.
24th Nice day, warm. Went firewatching. Had warning during night.
23rd Nice and warm again. Had short warning in night - did not get up. Another raid on Moscow. Pettican called in evening.
22nd Turned nice and warm. Sat out all evening. Went for late walk and did not get home until 11. Watched Wellingtons going out. Siren went early last night 11.15 - 2.45. Went to bed - asleep. First air raid on Moscow.
21st Cold but turned milder in evening. Saw three four-engined bombers going round and round whilst getting ready to go to France. No change on Russian front. Had siren in night but no bombs. Did not get up. Picked a few French Beans and another marrow.
20th Had good rain in night. Sunny morning but came over dull just as we got sat out in afternoon.
19th Cut top lawn and made beds look very nice. Came on for wet evening. Violent fighting going on in Russia. Hitler reported to have had a fit.
18th Wet evening. Had an hour's daylight warning in evening. Raid on Hull last night. No important change reported from Russia.
17th Nice day. Heavy fighting in Russia. 9,000,000 men fighting each other. Biggest battle ever.
16th Fine day. Set some Beetroot. Cut first marrow.
15th Had a lovely rain in night, first for over 4 weeks. Set some lettuce and carrots. Not much news from Russia. Syrian Armistice signed.
14th Rather windy again but warm. Had a raid last night. Heard some bombs and got up once.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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