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Alwyne Diary
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May 1941
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.
22nd Warning went last night just as we were going to bed. Nothing happened and All Clear went at 12.30. Cold day and dull. Heavy fighting going on all along new allied line in Greece. Tripoli bombarded by Navy.
21st Two warnings in night and another this morning. Did not get up, Mother slept through both. Our forces in Greece are nearing their new lines. Our casualties are said to be light. Trimmed one side of long path. Dull morning but nice afternoon and evening, mild. Vera cleaned Mother's room.
20th Had a terrible time last night. Warning went about 9.30 and planes seemed to come over by the hundred. More than we have ever heard. Bombs kept dropping all the time and we laid on kitchen floor. All Clear went at 12 and we went to bed. Another warning at 1.15 - 5a.m. and we got up again, more bombs and planes. Heavy raid on London. Warning today from 1.30 - 2.30. Nice day but heavy showers with thunder. Mother went down garden twice. Our forces still withdrawing in Greece.
19th No raids last night. Rained a little in afternoon but was able to do gardening. Set first row of marrows. Rev. Jacobs called during afternoon. Vera set her Marigolds. Germans being held in Libya.
18th Turned wet in afternoon. Could not do any gardening. Situation in Greece described as "serious". Allied troops withdrawing. Had a warning last night but nothing much happened.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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