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2.6.40

Impossible to tell how many men of the B.E.F. have really been repatriated, but statements appearing in various papers suggest that it is about 150,000 and that the number that originally advanced into Belgium was about 300,000. No indication as … Continue reading

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3.9.39. (Greenwich)

Have again been traveling etc. Shall close this diary today, & it will as it stands serve as a diary of events leading up to the war. We have apparently been in a state of war since 11 am. this … Continue reading

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HOTEL DES NEGOCIANTS, MARRAKECH 21.3.39

Yesterday the Sultan made an official visit and drove through the town, which had been previously decorated  with flags etc. and several thousand troops to line the streets. Obviously this was intended partly as a loyalty-parade in connection with the … Continue reading

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VILLA SIMONT, 12.3.39 [1]

Troops[2]  returning from manoeuvres[3]  passed the house a few days back, to the number of about 5000 men, more than half of[4]  these Senegalese. The spahis look pretty good, general physique better than the average of the population. Horses about … Continue reading

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VILLA SIMONT, 22.11.38

Some days back visiting the British consul. The latter (named Robert Parr) is man of about 40, cultivated, very hospitable, married, appears to be in easy circumstance. Speaks French, very careful and grammatically very correct, but very strong English accent … Continue reading

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VILLA SIMONT, ROUTE DE CASABLANCA 1.11.38

Cannot yet get any definite ideas as to the land system here. All the land round here is either cultivated or what passes as cultivable, except for a few spurs of hills. We are just within the edge of the … Continue reading

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MARRAKECH 27.9.38

The other local daily paper read here is La Presse Marocaine, which is somewhat more right-wing (at any rate more anti-Russian and more pro-Franco) than the Petit Marocain. There are said to be about 15,000 troops in Marrakech. Apart from … Continue reading

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