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 rate the News-Chronicle, the only one I have seen today) are so resolute in treating the news as good. This might have been made the start of another agitation which would have got some more of the duds out of the government.
Complaints among the Home Guards, now that air raids are getting commoner, because sentries have no tin hats. Explanation from General Macnamara, who tells us that the regular army is still short of 300,000 tin hats – this after nearly a year of war.