Monday, June 25, 2007

Five Days: Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May 1936

The devil of a week. Each night I dashed away from the works to catch the 5.45 up, having a cup of tea and a cake en-route (sometimes). Put in eight drills altogether, which, I think brings the total to 86.

On Tuesday we had the news that Italian troops had reached Addis Ababa. The Emperor had fled and they made “a triumphant entry into a looted and deserted city”. “A cheap victory for the new Caesars”, said an American paper.

Returning from Town about 11.30, I’d have something to eat and a wash. Then to bed – with that awful alarm set for 6.30!

On Friday night we did some marching and drill. (Everyone save myself, in uniform.) Up on the drill deck again at 8.30, then, “Clean equipment, carry on smoking”.


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