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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
May 1940
28th Belgium Army surrenders. B.E.F. trapped in N. France. Doesn't look as though they can be got away. London Rd barricaded with sand bags & barbed wire.
27th "Situation increasing in gravity every hour". Very violent fighting. Bought some snap dragons from Nelson (Uncle).
26th Day of National Prayer. Came on to rain in afternoon. Sugar ration down to lb each this week.
25th Had a Holiday. Went to Marks Tey & tried to buy some geraniums. No go. Went to town about glasses. Bombs dropped in England. One in Essex. Hot day.
24th Heard King speak. Germans capture Boulogne. Took up tulips. Nice day.
23rd Germans reach the Coast. Very violent fighting going on.
22nd Things don't look so bad to-day. Arras re-captured. Big R.A.F. raids on Germany. Tanks went by in night.
21st Very serious situation. Arras & Amiens taken by Germans. French Premier says France is in danger. Allied Army being cut in two. Had eyes tested.
20th Nice day, very dry. Had hose out. Germans still advancing. Cut first lettuce, very nice one.
19th Lovely day. Dad out all afternoon. Heard gunfire during night.
18th Germans getting into France. Went to town & got them to make me a new raincoat.
17th Germans advancing. Grave situation. British retire behind Brussells.
16th Germans getting into France. Situation serious. B.E.F. trying to defend Brussells. 1000 German planes down in 1 week. (Brussels, Belgium).
15th Hot day. Holland surrenders. Terrible fighting 100,000 Dutch killed. Defence Corp to fight. Parachutists being formed.



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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road
Lexden
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