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Alwyne Diary
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October 1944
31st Dull and rather cold. Had to get up early for doodles 6.30 - 6.50 a.m. Kept up. Was just having breakfast when warning went again 7.45 - 8.30 a.m. Went out to get on bus and it went for 3rd time 8.35 - 9 a.m. Braddy said he saw 4 go along. First daylights for weeks. Churchill says war will not be over until next spring or early summer. Heaviest raid on Cologne last night by over 850 R.A.F. heavies. 4000 tons dropped, none missing. 39 raids this month. Correct total now 973.
30th Nice sunny day. Vera went to Braintree. George a little better. Took up geraniums.
29th Cold, heavy rain at times. Alert 5.10 - 5.45 a.m. Dot gave us a sponge. Had a lot of lovely beans and marrow for dinner.
28th Rain early, then fine. Cold. Germans retreating in S.W. Holland. Heard huge rocket at 6.30 this evening. Picked 4 nice roses. George still bad, cant have him in. Heaviest Raid on Cologne by 700 R.A.F. heavies. 5 lost. Correct no of alerts now 969.
27th Heavy rain in night. Fine day. George's eyes very bad. No doodles last night.
26th Misty. Mother bad with very bad head. No raid so far today. Jap fleet routed. Dr. Temple dead. Georges eye still bad.
25th Nice day finer and fairly mild. Lovely evening. Had a sick head. Raid in night 11.55 - 12.15 a.m. Another this evening 7.25 - 7.55 p.m. Had a doodle go right over. George's eye very bad. Big naval battle in Pacific. All Jap fleet out. Jap battleship and carrier sunk. Good progress in Holland. 1200 U.S. heavies and 1000 R.A.F. heavies over Germany today. 2 U.S. and 4 of ours lost.
24th Better day but dull. Raid 12.30 - 1 a.m. Heard doodles in distance. Another this evening 7.35 - 8 p.m. Heard one bang. 1000 bomber raid by R.A.F. on Essen last night. 4500 tons dropped. 8 missing. British attacking in West Holland. Front reported crumbling. George got a bad eye.
23rd Very wet day. Have just had raid 7.25 - 7.50 p.m. Heard doodle go off loud. Big rocket bomb woke us up at 4 this morning. Another at 5 this evening. (31). Moscow announces big break-through into East Prussia.
22nd Foggy early but quite nice day. Alert last night 11 - 11.25 p.m. Heard doodle in distance. Local attack launched in Holland. Mother got up.
21st Nice day 59 degrees with sunny intervals. Came home on early bus. Went for nice walk up Long Straight Rd. Had to get up twice early 4.40 - 5.5 and 6.20 - 6.30 a.m. Heard a doodle go off. Mother kept in bed but her cold better.
20th Very wet day. Mother still in bed but better. Raid 4.55 - 5.25 a.m. Had a doodle roar over low and mean. Aachen has been captured. First German city to be occupied. Belgrade has been captured by Russians. Americans have landed in Phillipines. 1,000 bomber R.A.F. raid last night on Neuremberg and Stuttgart. 9 lost.
19th Fine day but rather cold. Had to get up twice in night 11.10 - 11.45 p.m. and 4.55 - 5.35 a.m. Nothing over here. Another alert this evening 8.10 - 8.45 p.m. 2 bangs. Russians have entered E. Prussia. Mother in bed all day with cold on chest.
18th Sunny day. We are to have some extra rations for Xmas. Mother thinks she has got a cold coming. Hitler mobilises all men between 16 and 60.
The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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