12 May 2010

Sunday, 12th May 1940

Very mild, sunny morning but getting cloudy and cooler later; chilly N.wind. Mrs.Akroyd to tea. In evening along Coombe Lane, up Copse Hill and home down Arterberry Road. The gardens are lovely and the flowering trees and shrubs are overwhelmingly beautiful

Note: Fred's walk with those roads mentioned, reminds me that his family often spoke of their Methodist Church at Cottenham Park.

On this day: overnight 18 Whitley and 18 Hampden bombers from the RAF attacked Monchengladbach - the first raid against a centre of population, albeit aiming for roads and railways. Three bombers failed to return.

Winston Churchill, speaking on this day in the House of Commons: 
"History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days."

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