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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
June 1942
26th Nice day after cold night with frost. Picked first peas - 5 lbs. Rommel has advanced another 50 miles. Germans has advanced near Khakov. 1000 bomber raid last night on Bremen. 52 missing.
25th Rather cool. Went to see Dr. and he says I need not go any more. Vera's cold rather bad. Rommel has advanced 50 miles into Egypt.
24th Much cooler. Vera getting better. Germans massing for attack on Egypt. Raid in night 12.35 - 12.55 a.m.
23rd Hot day 83 degrees. Vera turned bad in morning. Sent card to Clarice to say could not go to Braintree tomorrow. Had sweep. (Chimney Sweep).
22nd Nice day. Fall of Tobruk confirmed. Vera got a cold. Cleaning dining-room.
21st Lovely day. Had tea out. Bad news from Egypt. Tobruk was attacked yesterday and defences pierced. Germans say garrison has surrendered.
20th Nice sunny day but rather cool wind. Sat out on big lawn until 9. Took up 2 roots of own potatoes. Germans have turned back from Egyptian Frontier.
19th Better day but still cool and dull. Broke out sunny in evening and we sat out on lawn. Bought some peas at office. We have withdrawn to Libya frontier and second siege of Tobruk has begun. Churchill has arrived in Washington to discuss second front.
18th Dull and cool. Our forces in Libya being withdrawn to the Egyptian frontier.
17th A little better day. Quite ice warm evening. Went to Culver St. Convention with Vera. (At Methodist Church?). Picking some very nice strawberries.
16th Cold day. Still having fires. Not much news.
15th Dull cold day. Rained a little in evening. Big hailstorm at Marks Tey last night. Roofs and ground covered when I went along this morning. Very bad news from Libya. Looks as though we have lost the big battle there. Our tank casualties have been very heavy and the battle has reached a serious climax.
14th Quite a nice day, sat out on lawn all afternoon. Thunderstorm came up in evening and lasted about 2 hours. I ran home under umbrella and Dad took Vera a mac. Picked a few strawberries. Fierce tank battle going on in Libya.
13th Little better day, but too cold to sit out. Staked the tomatoes. Set cucumber pips. Went to see Doctor.



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Alwyne Garling
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