Monday, March 24, 2008

Wednesday 14th September 1938

News headlines again:-

“Army Chief Lord Gort at no. 10” “Nazi Riots in Sudetenland” “War unless Britain is Strong” “Czech Troops Move” “Columns pour towards the German Frontier early this morning” “Hitler Will Not March – At Present”

Southend, Sandon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Thorpe le Soken. No orders for the second time this week.

Feeling fed-up, I went to the Pictures tonight, at Colchester. Seated in front balcony; saw the film “The Drum” which when Lois saw it a fortnight ago, was one of the things which influenced her forgetting about anti-patriotism, conscientious objection etc. I can appreciate it’s effect on her, for it thrilled me, too.
Came out into the damp street (rain was drizzling) at 10:45.

I’ll end Lengthening Shadows with the words of a news placard which I saw then:

“AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE”

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