Newspapers now reduced to 6 pages, i.e., 3 sheets. Print reduced in size. Rough analysis of to-day’s News-Chronicle: 6 pages = 48 columns. Of these (excluding small adverts. besides headlines on front page) 15 columns or nearly one third are adverts. About 1½ columns of this are taken up in notices of situations vacant, etc., but the greater part of the ad.s are for more or less useless consumption goods. The financial columns also overlap with the advertisements, some of the reports of directors’ meetings, etc., probably being paid for by the companies themselves.
To-day’s Express consists of 6 pages = 42 columns, of which 12 are taken up in advertisements.
Rumours in all to-day’s papers that Balbo was actually bumped off by his own side, as in the case of General von Fritsch. Nowadays when any eminent person is killed in battle this suggestion inevitably arises. Cases in the Spanish war were Durutti and General Mola. The rumour about Balbo is based on a statement by the R.A.F. that they know nothing about the air-fight in which Balbo is alleged to have been killed. If this is a lie, as it well may be, it is one of the first really good strokes the British propaganda has brought off.
 See 2.6.40, when People was twelve pages, for analysis of contents.
 Werner von Fritsch (1880-1939), an old-guard general on the German Army General Staff, never concealed his contempt for Hitler. His death in action in 1939 was always thought to have been engineered by the Führer.
 Buenaventura Durruti was head of the Spanish Anarchists at the beginning of the civil war, a gunman who became a general and popular leader. He was killed in the defence of Madrid, possibly by Communists. His funeral gave rise to a great popular demonstration in Barcelona. Emilio Mola Vidal (1887-1937), an equal colleague of Franco, was killed in the early stages of the civil war, before the question of primacy with Franco could arise. Peter Davison