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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
July 1942
26th Another nice day. Had tea on big lawn. Germans crossing lower Don.
25th Nice day. Sat out on big lawn all afternoon and evening. Had tea out. Saw a lot of planes over. 6 Mustangs and also a Stirling.
24th Windy day but warm. 7 German planes brought down last night. Very serious situation at Rostov. Germans claim capture. Our attack met with very stiff opposition in Egypt and we don't seem to have done much.
23rd Dull windy day but nice evening. Vera went to Dr. Wirth's and got me a Certificate to get off Fire-watching. Had 2 daylight raids 9.25 - 9.45 a.m. and 10.35 - 10.45 a.m. We are attacking in Egypt. Fanny had X-ray.
22nd Dull day. Came on to rain in evening. Had a raid last night 12.45 - 1.30 p.m. Heard 2 lots of bombs. Went up to Majors in evening and saw the Corgy. (Corgi). Wrote letter to Dr. Wirth re Fire-watching. Heavy fighting reported again from Egypt.
21st Lovely hot day. Very warm evening. Mother sat out until 10.10 and we sat out until 11. Dad cut the lawns and made garden look very nice. Sweet rationing to start Sunday - 2 oz each per week.
20th Dull day. Had another fire. Turned warmer in evening. Bombs dropped on Chelmsford factory by lone raider yesterday morning, 5 killed. Warning here this afternoon 2 - 2.10
19th Another cold day but sun broke out in afternoon. Put shelter up in front and sat there a little while but mother could not come out. Had a fire.
18th Dull cold and wet. Had a fire. Mother not very well. Very grave situation on southern part of Russian Front.
17th Dull day and cold. Raining hard this evening. Nose bled this morning. Had a warning at 5 p.m. - 5.45 p.m. I was packing up to leave office. Danger signal went when I was at Bus Station. Bombs dropped in London by single plane. Big battle going on in Egypt.
16th Not very nice day. Mother in bed most of day with bad leg. Big tank battle reported to have started to-day in Egypt.
15th Nice day but not very hot, sat out until 9.
14th Nice rain in night. Mother got a bad foot and leg. German attacks on Egypt beaten off.
13th Nice day. Germans making serious advances in Russia. Warning last night 12.30 - 2 a.m. Several planes about. Guns fired twice. Got up for a bit.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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