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Alwyne Diary
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July 1941
2nd Hot again, lovely evening. Big Russian Battle still raging. Had a raid last night from 1 - 3 but did not get up. First Zinnia just coming out. Big raid on France, 17 Germans shot down to 9 of ours.
1st Hot day. Had a little rain here early, wish there had been more. Lovely evening. Mother sat out until after past 10. Dad got some more tomato plants at Woolworths, the other ones are coming on nicely, got big tomatoes on.
June 1941
30th Dull morning but broke out nice and sunny for afternoon. Short raid in night. Big battles going on in Russia. Only 16 raids this month. Germany bombed today in daylight.
29th Nice and sunny again and warmer. Fierce fighting going on in Russia. Big battle for Minsk. Had raid last night.
28th Not such a nice day, cloudy and cooler. No raid last night.
27th Fire watching last night. Had a warning from 1 - 2.30. Only slight activity. Germans are getting into Russia and Russians have made a withdrawal. British Military Mission arrives in Moscow.
26th Hot again. Went to tea with Jiggins and went fishing.
25th Very hot. Picked first strawberries. Air offensive against Germany continuing.
24th Hot again. Saw about 50 fighters returning from France. Germans capture 3 Russian towns, 300 German tanks destroyed. Ada Rowe called.
23rd Not much news from Russia. Another 30 German planes shot down yesterday over France to 2 of ours. Heard some big bombs and had to get up. Cloudy and cooler early but broke out hot and sunny. 80 degrees. Lovely evening. Lot of planes about.
22nd Big Sensation. Russia invaded by Germany. Broadcast by Mr. Churchill. Very hot day. 87 degrees all afternoon. 81 degrees at 8 p.m. Sat out until 10. 26 German planes shot down over France yesterday to four of ours.
21st Hot and sunny all day 81 degrees. Has been a perfect week, sunshine all the time. Been making bunk for shelter. (Air Raid Shelter not Garden Canvas Shelter). Had a lot of planes over to-day. Offensive action over France by R.A.F. 24 German fighters shot down. We lost 3 fighters and 1 bomber. Had a short raid last night. Only 12 so far this month. No major German raid for 6 weeks. German troops massed on Russian Frontier. Possible German invasion of Russia being discussed. Vichy troops have evacuated Damascus.
20th Hot and sunny again 80 degrees. Sat out in garden all day. Had short raid in night. 98 ships lost in May - over 400,000 tons.
19th Still hot and sunny 78 degrees. Went to Albert Hall (Colchester) in evening with Vera and went for walk through Park afterwards. Had 2 short raids in night.

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Alwyne Garling
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