15.11.42

Church bells rung this morning – in celebration of the victory in Egypt. [1] The first time that I have heard them in over two years.

[1] Following the attack launched at El Alamein on 23 October 1942, the Eighth Army cleared Egypt by 11 November 1942; Tobruk, in Libya, was retaken on 12 November. Allied forces landed in Morocco and Algeria on 8 November, and by 12 November were close to the western Tunisian border. Final victory in North Africa, however, was not to come until mid-May 1943.

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8 Responses to 15.11.42

  1. Gwil says:

    Well here we are 70 years on; and the area still in turm-oil.

  2. Flandall says:

    Come along George, one comment a month is rubbish!

  3. Nemo says:

    Flandall,

    Sorry to report that this is the last diary entry for at least 4 years. Orwell didn’t keep a diary again until 1946 and it is mostly about the weather etc. although there are a handful of interesting entries.

    I’m surprised they haven’t mentioned that here.

  4. Adam says:

    That’s seriously disappointing. Orwell could be very inciteful and a useful source of rumours, so it’s sad to hear he has nothing at all else to say on the war, especially as it’s turning in his timeframe.

  5. andrew says:

    Keeping a diary is a habit that even a professional writer will cycle in and out of.. It has been nice getting to know Mr. Blair, even in brief and incomplete glimpses…

  6. Gwil says:

    Seventy-one years on from this diary entry we have an Orwellian scenario, a land where all animals are equal but some are more equal than others now threatening all out nuclear war.

  7. BobRocket says:

    As we slowly move forwards in the Orwellian future of 2013, Eric Rudsdale is still commenting 70 years ago today thanks to the hard work and dedication of Catherine Pearson

    3-6-1943
    “Heavy clouds, driving S.W. wind.

    Poulter told me today that the Engineer’s Department had been very worried a week or so ago because a considerable number of small worms had been found in the water-mains at Parson’s Heath and one or two other places. Great secrecy was maintained, as Collins did not want the Water Supply Committee to know anything about it. Apparently the worms were not considered dangerous to health.

    This evening went to cinema, but there was an alarm at 7 and I came out. Can not sit through alarms in cinemas. Fine clear evening, nothing about, crowds idly wandering in the streets. When I got back to Lawford Joy said there had been gunfire in Harwich direction.

    Bed early, very tired.”

    http://wwar2homefront.blogspot.co.uk/

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