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Alwyne Diary
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January 1945
19th Terrible gale all night. Tree blown down across road at Kelvedon. Cold day with wind frost. Heavy snowstorms in afternoon and evening. Biggest Russian advances yet. 5 Orders of Day from Stalin. Cracow and Lodz captured. Germans talk of grave danger.
18th Mild. Thunder and heavy rain in afternoon. Big gale blowing this evening. Churchill statement on war. Stormy debate on Greece. 3 more orders of day from Stalin. Russians now 50 miles beyond Warsaw. No rockets today.
17th Nice day. Great news. 3 orders of day from Stalin (1) Warsaw captured (2) Third offensive launched North of Warsaw (3) In South Poland Red Army has advanced 25 miles today and got within 20 miles of Germany. We lost 28 out of 1200 bombers over Germany last night. Had 2 big rockets at Chelmsford this afternoon. Man came to mend electric light in kitchen.
16th Dull misty and cold. Russians announce new offensive South of Warsaw. 40 mile advance on 75 mile front. 1300 places taken. 300 miles to Berlin. In South Poland they are now 50 miles from Germany. British start new attack in Germany. Heard 2 loud rockets this evening. Electric light fused in kitchen.
15th Quite nice day. Lot of rocket damage in London over week end. Church hit at Barking. 14 missing from 1300 R.A.F. planes last night.
14th Nice day. Raid 1.45 - 2.15 a.m. Got up and opened door and George came in. (family cat). Had to give him a big meal. Russians advance another 15 miles.
13th Cold and dull. Saw rocket crater at Boreham. Warning 6 - 6.55 a.m. Got up in cold but only heard one bang long way off. Russians have launched big offensive in S. Poland and advanced 25 miles. Was going to take George to Vet's but he has been missing all day.
12th Thaw set in during night. Dull and drizzle. Several rockets, 2 near Chelmsford after I had left, Writtle and Boreham. Truce signed in Athens. Got 11 oranges and doz. eggs.
11th Freezing again, more snow. Heavy snow shower while I was waiting for bus. Had to run home for umbrella. German salient in Belgium caving in.
10th Another 1" of snow. Slippery again but managed to get there alright. Came on to snow afternoon and evening but is thawing. George caught a bird in the dining room. Had a huge rocket at Chelmsford this afternoon. Fell at Broomfield, saw smoke go up and drift over office.
9th 2" snow, very slippery, bus was skidding about all over place this morning so I got off at Marks Tey and came on train. George doesn't seem very well.
8th Cold. Snowed hard and I was coming home and laid. Heard 5 rockets today. Athens clear of rebels and quiet. Americans expecting V bombs on New York within 2 months.
7th Cold. Heavy snowstorm in afternoon, laid. Hard frost in evening. Georges eye and chin bad.
6th Cold. Rebel resistance in Athens has ceased. Over 1000 R.A.F. heavies bombed Hanover last night, 33 missing. Another big force out this evening. 14,000 tons dropped so far this year. Invasion of Luzon by Americans reported imminent. (Luzon - largest island in Philippines. The Battle of Luzon was code-named 'S-day' and fought against the Japanese). Big rocket at 10, reported to be in Braintree area - Stisted.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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