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Alwyne Diary
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May 1941
6th Siren went last night just after we had got to bed. Heard some bombs and planes and came down. Then we heard two bombs dropped at Abbots Farm, Stanway. Went back to bed later. One daylight warning to-day. Turning out office. Nine planes shot down last night.
5th Another all night raid 10.30 - 4.30. Seven shot down. Not so nice to-day, dull and cold. Great part of Iraq Air Force destroyed. Tobruk still holding out. Two daylight raids.
4th Beautiful sunny day. Had shelter out for first time. Sat out for over 1 hours in afternoon and hour after tea. Had cups of tea in garden in afternoon. Rather cool wind and temp. only 56 degrees. Turned nice and warm in evening. Put clocks on 2nd hour. Had an all night raid 9.15 p.m. - 4.40 a.m. but stayed in bed, nothing much over. Very heavy raid on Liverpool. Record number of 16 shot down. Had a warning for 40 min. in evening whilst in Chapel. British troops occupy Basra.
3rd Had a warning last night but nothing happened, All Clear went after an hour. Had a holiday to-day and spent a busy day in the garden. Rather cold E. wind but bright periods. Mother managed to come down garden. Six German planes shot down in last night's raids.
2nd Fighting has broken out in Iraq. Our troops have been fired on. Attack on Tobruk has been repulsed but fighting is still going on. Nice day but cold east wind. Very busy.
1st 48,000 of our troops out of 60,000 have been evacuated from Greece. Outer defences of Tobruk pierced. Situation becoming serious in Iraq. Nice day.
April 1941
30th Went fire watching last night. Had a quiet time - no raid. Bad news on Plymouth, 8 shot down. 87 night raiders shot down this month.Total number of raids this month 43. Total number now 378.
29th Nice day. No raids. Fire watching night.
28th Warning last night from 8.25 to 10.45. Four daylight ones to-day. Our troops being evacuated from Greece. German advance into Egypt being held but Sollum reported to have been occupied. Dessie in Abyssinia captured. Rained in evening.
27th Still cold with E. wind, went for walk up Union Lane (Became 'Pit Lane' and then 'New Farm Road') and it was quite nice up there, brought home some plum blossom and broom. All Clear went last night, or this morning rather, at 2 o'clock. Had another warning at 6.45 and had to come down because there was a plane going round and round. All Clear went after about 20 minutes and we went back to bed and slept until 9.30. Churchill broadcast this evening. Germans capture Athens and Corinth and invade Egypt from Libya.
26th Sunny but cold strong N.E. wind. Cut the back and front lawns but it was a cold job. No raid here last night but siren has just gone (9.15 p.m.). Our withdrawal is continuing in Greece.
25th Sunny but very cold strong N.E. wind. British troops have made another withdrawal in Greece. Expect they are being evacuated. W. Churchill to broadcast on Sunday night. Had a raid in night from 2.45 - 4.25. Heard a few planes but no bombs. Did not get up.
24th No raids last night or to-day. Very cold with N.E. wind. Hail shower. Not much on the war. Expect it is too bad to give out. Dad went over to Eight Ash to "renovation".
23rd Greek army in Albania surrenders. Greek King and Govt. move to Crete. New defence line in Greece consolidated. Full scale German attack expected at any moment. Had a warning last night 10 -11.30, heard a lot of planes. Heavy raid on Plymouth. Had 2 raids to-day. 12.30 - 1.45 p.m. and 8 - 9 while in Chapel.

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Alwyne Garling
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