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Alwyne Diary
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February 1945
1st Mild and sunny 50 degrees. Russians 65 miles to Berlin, Germans say 40. Had sick head. I have not seen George since Tues. Big rocket in night, shook my bed.
January 1945
31st Mild and dull. Mother bad with leg, thinks she will have Dr. Russians now only 68 miles from Berlin. Got through Jan. without a cold. Raids 7. Total 1010.
30th Vera taken ill during night with bad bilious attack. Dad had to get up to assist. Came on to blow a great blizzard in night, several inches deep this morning, then turned to freezing rain. Went up on train. Russians only 95 miles from Berlin.
29th Got up to 33 degrees today and thawed a little. Russians now 110 miles from Berlin. Lot of rockets heard here (Lexden) but we were O.K. at Chelmsford.
28th Deep snow. Heavy snowstorms all day. Freezing all day. Russians 125 miles from Berlin. Had a bad day with George and his cough.
27th Bitter day. 22 degrees at 8.30 a.m. Been down to 20 degrees in night. 30 degrees now but strong N. wind has got up and it has been snowing. George bad with his cough. Have just shut him up for night. 3 Stalin orders. Germans say Russians have reached frontier, 100 miles from Berlin.
26th Very cold. 26 degrees at 8.30 a.m. 29 degrees max. George's cough bad. Shut him up for night. Russians cut off E. Prussia from Germany. Heard a lot of rockets.
25th Very cold. 22 degrees at 8.30 a.m., only 26 all day. Foggy. Only 2 Stalin Orders tonight. Mother got bad leg through kicking bag on Tues. night. George got a bad cough, eye better. Germans have launched offensive against Yanks in Alsace. Turned water off. Dad not very well.
24th Very cold. Temp. 24 degrees at 8.30 a.m. Freezing all day. Foggy. 4 Stalin Orders, 155 miles to Berlin. Turned water off. Got 15 rise. (488.55 in 2010).
23rd Dull and cold, been a little more snow. 4 Stalin Orders. Red Army reaches Oder near Breslau. Warnings 6.35 - 6.40 and 6.45 - 7.10 p.m. Was just having poached egg on toast and got my tea interrupted. George better.
22nd Sharp frost. Temp 26 degrees at 8.30 a.m. Been a lot of snow at Chelmsford. 5 Orders from Stalin. Only 165 miles from Berlin.
21st Freezing all day. Turned water off. 3 more Orders of Day from Stalin. Red Army has penetrated 20 miles into S.E. Germany. Now only 215 miles from Berlin.
20th Cold day. Snowed most of afternoon. Got up early and went on 7.30 bus as it was snowy but there was none beyond Kelvedon. There was a big rocket at Chelmsford after I got there. 3 more orders of Day from Stalin. Tilsit in E. Prussia captured and Russians now 100 miles west of Warsaw. Was going to make another attempt to get George to Vet's today but he went off after breakfast and has not come back.
19th Terrible gale all night. Tree blown down across road at Kelvedon. Cold day with wind frost. Heavy snowstorms in afternoon and evening. Biggest Russian advances yet. 5 Orders of Day from Stalin. Cracow and Lodz captured. Germans talk of grave danger.
The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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