Only the entries before
75 years ago are shown.
Live the developments of ww2

we know the result
Alwyne didn't

Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
October 1941
27th Cold again. Clarice and Ivan came for day.
26th Cold day. Strong North wind. Showers and bright intervals. Put shelter up outside back gate and sat there with mother for hour. Had a warning 9.15 p.m. - 10.15 p.m. One plane over. Started thick rain coat.
25th Dull and rather cold with N. wind. Worked all afternoon in garden and cut out rambler. New offensive launched against Moscow but no progress reported. Situation on Southern Front reported to be alarming. Germans at approaches to Rostov. Moscow battlefield covered with drifting snow. Siren this evening 7 - 7.35, did not hear anything.
24th Cold day. Showers. Moscow offensive has been halted. Germans advancing in South. Big arguments going on as to whether we should invade the Continent. 100 French hostages have been shot for the killing of 2 German Officers.
23rd All Clear went at 11.35 last night after 3 hours. Had just gone to bed. Longest warning for some time, 3 shot down. Very bad weather reported from Russian Front. Cold day but nice and sunny. Mother did not go out to-day. Picked another 3 lbs tomatoes, one weighing 7 ozs.
22nd Sunny again but cold N.W. wind. Mother sat down garden in shelter for 1 hour. Picked 4 lbs of tomatoes. Siren went this evening at 8.35 and the time is now 11 o'clock. We are still waiting for All Clear, there have been several planes over but no bombs.
21st Sunny day but cooler. Mother sat out for hour. Germans still held up outside Moscow.
20th Lovely mild sunny day. Mother had shelter out for hour. Russians slowing down advance on Moscow. State of siege declared.
19th Lovely mild day 64 degrees. Had shelter on grass path for an hour after dinner. Went out without a coat. Had warning this evening 8 - 9. Heard All Clear but not the warning.
18th Very windy day but mild, over 60 degrees. Dad picked cooking apples. German advance on Moscow reported to have slowed down. Odessa evacuation. Took up marigolds and set out wallflowers. Cut lawn.
17th Nice day. Mother sat down garden in shelter for nearly an hour. Grave situation round Moscow. City directly threatened. British Military Mission leave Moscow. Japan expected to take action in Pacific. Siren has gone this evening at 8.55. Grace and Eunice called this afternoon. (Paternal Aunts). All Clear went at 9.50 p.m. Heard nothing.
16th Had little rain but nice afternoon and evening. Situation round Moscow has deteriorated. Japanese Cabinet resigns. Went to Jiggins. He had got a cold. Had short warning Colchester and Chelmsford 11.40 p.m. - 12.25 p.m. No bombs.
15th Nice sunny day. Met Hilda and Lillie at Chelmsford and had tea with them, got home at 8.20. Wish I had arranged to do my fire-watching tonight. Sunday night bombs were dropped at Berechurch Road - 40 of them, 4 pounders.
14th Rained today. Germans only 65 miles from Moscow. Heard Germans keep interrupting the news. Had to fill in a paper today to say where we are going if we get bombed out.

The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

brought to us by
Heather Johnson

Site produced by  Colcomp