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Alwyne Diary
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November 1944
20th Mild springlike day but turned cold in evening with strong N. wind. My cold not very bad. They had another fire in drawing room. Good news from West fronts. French have reached the Rhine in South. Germans retreating from Metz.
19th Windy and very mild 55 degrees. British troops capture Geilenkirchen, their first German town. (North Rhine). Raid 8 - 8.45 p.m. I was in dining room when a doodle came over with its engine off. Vera shouted and I rushed in shelter. It blew up at 7 Star Green with a huge bang just after I had got in. One or two more came over after that. My cold not too bad but kept in.
18th Fine and dull but very mild 55 degrees. I stayed in for afternoon with cold, not very bad. Have heard a lot of rockets to-day. There was a huge one at Chelmsford this morning and then 2 more soon after. Heard two close together this afternoon. Have just had 2 alerts 6.55 - 7.5 p.m. and 7.10 - 7.20 p.m. but have not heard anything. (15). British 2nd Army has today joined in the Western offensive and launched big attack.
17th Very wet, heavy rain all day. Turned much milder. All out offensive started on Western front. 8000 tons of bombs dropped yesterday of which R.A.F. contributed 5600 tons. Only 8 bombers lost. Raid 6.45 - 7.30 p.m. heard 4 doodles go off and one go over. One dropped at Tiptree. Mother in bed all day with bad heart pains. I have got a cold coming.
16th Cold again. All western front on the move, 6 allied armies attacking. 2 American Armies have launched new offensives today. Over 2350 heavies have been out in support. Had a lift to office by car. George better.
15th Still cold. Had to get up twice last night. 12 - 12.35 a.m. 5.30 - 5.55 a.m. Heard a few doodles go along. British troops have advanced 5 miles towards (River) Maas.
14th Cold but sunny. Heavy rain in evening. Raid 6.50 - 7.25 p.m. Heard 5 bangs. Brit. Troops launched new offensive in Holland at 4 p.m. today.
13th Cold again but sunny. German Battleship Tirpitz sunk yesterday by 29 Lancasters using 12,000 lb bombs. 1 missing. Went to dentists. George was better this morning but tonight his eye is bleeding. Don't know what to do with him. Raid 6 - 6.45 p.m. Doodle went along just after I got home. Heard one big bang. Heard 2 rockets in night and 2 more today. The doodle fell at Felsted.
12th Cold. Himler read speech by Hitler, who may be dead, mad or ill. Had a quiet night. (Heinrich Himmler, Chief of S.S.).
11th Cold but sunny and dry. Cut back lawns, look good. Raid 1.30 - 2 a.m. Churchill and Eden in Paris. Picked some roses.
10th Very cold day. Wind frost. Churchill has made announcement about V2 rockets. Says they have been coming over some weeks. Go 60 or 70 miles up and travel faster than sound. Warning 7.30 - 8.10 p.m. Counted 13 doodles go off with big bangs.
9th Very cold but sunny. Went to dentists but he has put me off until Monday. Warning 7.50 (7.5?) - 7.30 p.m. before I had finished my tea. Heard nothing. Germans have at last announced they are sending over V2 rockets. Listened to recording of Churchills speech at Lord mayors Lunch. Siren went again just as he was finishing 9.45 - 10.40 p.m. Heard one go off fairly loud. One dropped at Brentwood in Jiggens' road.
8th Cold. Roosevelt elected. Warning 8.15 - 9.35 p.m. Heard what sounded like 2 or 3 doodles go over. We re all to have one egg before Christmas.
7th Cold and windy. Having dreadful job to get drops in Georges eye. He doesn't seem to get much better. Voting for President going on today in America.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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