Tag Archives: Petain

23.6.41

Churchill’s speech in my opinion very good. It will not please the Left, but they forget that he has to speak to the whole world, e.g. to middle-western Americans, airmen and naval officers, disgruntled shop-keepers and farmers, and also the … Continue reading

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7.2.41

There is now more and more division of opinion – the question is implicit from the start but people have only recently become aware of it – as to whether we are fighting the Nazis or the German people.  This … Continue reading

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28.7.40

This evening I saw a heron flying over Baker Street. But this is not so improbable as the thing I saw a week or two ago, i.e. a kestrel killing a sparrow in the middle of Lord’s cricket ground. I … Continue reading

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25.7.40

No news, really. . . . Various people who have sent their children to Canada are already regretting it[1]. . . . Casualties, i.e. fatal ones, from air-raids for last month were given out as about 340. If true, this … Continue reading

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29.6.40

The British government has recognised de Gaulle[1], but apparently in some equivocal manner, i.e. it has not stated that it will not recognise the Pétain government. One very hopeful thing is that the press is on our side and retains … Continue reading

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27.6.40

It appears that the night before last, during the air-raid alarm, many people all over London were woken by the All Clear signal, took that for a warning and went to the shelters and stayed there till morning, waiting for … Continue reading

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24.6.40

The German armistice terms are much as expected. . . . What is interesting about the whole thing is the extent to which the traditional pattern of loyalties and honour is breaking down. Pétain, ironically enough, is the originator (at … Continue reading

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