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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
September 1942
25th Rather misty and cold. Some bright intervals. Bt. 2 Sovs. (Bought 2 sovereigns).
24th Sunny day. Mother sat out in shelter but got caught in heavy shower in afternoon.
23rd Rather cool but bright periods. Russians are counter-attacking N.W. of Stalingrad.
22nd Nice rain in night. Cold dull day. Germans have made no further progress in Stalingrad.
21st Dull day with a little rain. Set two rows of lettuce seed. Severe fighting going on in Stalingrad.
20th Disappointing day. Windy and showery with a few bright intervals. Had old shelter out for about hour in afternoon and got caught in heavy shower.
19th Lovely summer day 70 degrees. Sat out all afternoon in shirt sleeves and had tea out. Went for cycle ride round Maldon Rd. in evening and had a look at the bomb damage in The Avenue. Street fighting going on in Stalingrad.
18th Nice day. Had warning last night 9.45 - 10.15 and another today 2.30 - 2.50 p.m. Germans have broken into N.W. suburbs of Stalingrad.
17th Fairly nice day. Germans say they raided Colchester last night and caused extensive fires. Bombs dropped at The Avenue, Ipswich Road and Old Heath. Met Clarice and Ivan in Chelmsford and had tea with them. We lost 39 bombers last night.
16th Fine sunny day but cool. Have just had exciting time. Siren went at 9,20 just as a low plane was going round. Then a lot of planes came over and there were a lot of loud guns. Went outside and saw a big fire burning over town. Mother came out on to lawn and looked. All Clear went at 10.5 p.m. Saw Walter in Chelmsford.
15th A lot cooler. Rained in morning but then came out bright and sunny. Saw Enid, Doris (Garling sisters - cousins of Alwyne) and Phil (Edward Philip Palmer, husband of Doris - Witham Master Baker) in Chelmsford. Germans still advancing S.W. of Stalingrad. Situation more critical. Saw 4 Stirlings going out at dusk. Wilemshaven (Germany) raided last night by strong force. Only 2 missing. Sent in order for Morrison Shelter.
14th Dull but close. Had some rain at Chelmsford. Went back to work after lovely holiday. Germans reported to have reached southern outskirts of Stalingrad. Bremen raided for 100th time. 19 missing. Picked 5 lbs more tomatoes.
13th Dull most of day but sun shone a little in afternoon. Managed to sit out and have tea out. Harvest Festival. Picked 6 lbs of tomatoes last week.
12th Dull morning but broke out sunny in afternoon. Went out on cycles after tea to have a look at guns up Bakers Lane. Warning last night 10.50 - 11.20 p.m. Got up but no bombs or guns.



The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road
Lexden
Colchester


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