Monthly Archives: August 2010

31.8.40

Air-raid warnings, of which there are now half a dozen or thereabouts every 24 hours, becoming a great bore.  Opinion spreading rapidly that one ought simply to disregard the raids except when they are known to be big-scale ones and … Continue reading

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29.8.40

Air-raid alarms during the last 3 nights have totalled about 16-18 hours for the three nights. . . . . . It is perfectly clear that these night raids are intended chiefly as a nuisance, and as long as it … Continue reading

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26.8.40

(Greenwich).  The raid which occurred on the 24th was the first real raid on London so far as I am concerned, i.e. the first in which I could hear the bombs.  We were watching at the front door when the … Continue reading

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23.8.40

This morning an air-raid warning about 3 a.m. Got up, looked at the time, then felt unable to do anything and promptly went back to sleep again. They are talking of rearranging the alarm system, and they will have to … Continue reading

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22.8.40

The Beaverbrook press, compared with the headlines I saw on other papers, seems to be playing down the suggestion that Trotsky’s murder was carried out by the G.P.U[1]. In fact today’s Evening Standard, with several separate items about Trotsky, didn’t … Continue reading

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20.8.40

The papers are putting as good a face as possible upon the withdrawal from Somaliland, which is nevertheless a serious defeat, the first loss of British territory for centuries. . . . It’s a pity that the papers (at any … Continue reading

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19.8.40

A feature of the air raids is the extreme credulity of almost everyone about damage done to distant places. George M.[1] arrived recently from Newcastle, which is generally believed to have been seriously smashed about, and told us that the … Continue reading

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