Monthly Archives: June 2010

16.6.40

This morning’s papers make it reasonably clear that at any rate until after the presidential election, the U.S.A will not do anything, i.e. will not declare war, which in fact is what matters. For if the U.S.A is not actually … Continue reading

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15.6.40

It just occurred to me to wonder whether the fall of Paris means the end of the Albatross Library, as I suppose it does[1]. If so, I am £30 to the bad. It seems incredible that people still attach any … Continue reading

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14.6.40

The Germans are definitely in Paris, one day ahead of schedule. It can be taken as a certainty that Hitler will go to Versailles. Why don’t they mine it and blow it up while he is there? Spanish troops have … Continue reading

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13.6.40

Yesterday to a group conference of the L.D.V.[1], held in the Committee Room at Lord’s…Last time I was at Lord’s must have been at the Eton-Harrow match in 1921. At that time I should have felt that to go into … Continue reading

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12.6.40

E[ileen]. and I last night walked though Soho to see whether the damage to Italian shops etc. was as reported. It seemed to have been exaggerated in the newspapers, but we did see, I think, 3 shops which had had … Continue reading

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10.6.40

Have just heard, though it is not in the papers, that Italy has declared war…. The Allied troops are withdrawing from Norway, the reason given being that they can be used elsewhere and Narvik after its capture was rendered useless … Continue reading

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8.6.40

In the middle of a fearful battle in which, I suppose, thousands of men are being killed every day, one has the impression that there is no news. The evening papers are the same as the morning ones, the morning … Continue reading

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7.6.40

Although newspaper posters are now suppressed[1], one fairly frequently sees the paper-sellers displaying a poster. It appears that old ones are resuscitated and used, and ones with captions like “R.A.F. raids on Germany” or “Enormous German losses” can be used … Continue reading

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6.6.40

Both Borkenau and I considered that Hitler was likely to make his next attack on France, not England, and as it turns out we were right. Borkenau considers that the Dunkirk business has proved once for all that aeroplanes cannot … Continue reading

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3.6.40

From a letter from Lady Oxford[1] to the Daily Telegraph, on the subject of war economies: “Since most London houses are deserted there is little entertaining…in any case, most people have to part with their cooks and live in hotels.” … Continue reading

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