Sunday, August 24, 2008

Monday 10th June 1940

I'm writing this (can't use the lamp because of the black out) by the light of the torch I bought in Southwell for the journey. Same bulb, same battery!

Just heard the news on the canteen wireless. Italy declared war on the Allies this evening and Italian troops are said to have already entered France. Several British naval vessels sunk in the North Sea. All Allied troops withdrawn from Norway. Fierce fighting in France - “Paris has not fallen”... Italy's Mediterranean “neighbours” not threatened; “no cause to panic” among the inhabitants of Palestine.

But England?

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