"Uncle Henry and Mrs.Akroyd called in evening
with damnable effrontery."
Mild, brilliant sunshine, cloudless sky, but devastating cold E.wind. Alb & Lily to tea. Uncle Henry and Mrs.Akroyd called in evening with damnable effrontery. Walked along Arterial Road**; the laburnum trees are fine.
**Note: was there (or is there still) a road called Arterial Road in Raynes Park? Or was it just a general term (although Fred writes it with a capital A and R) for the main road into London, i.e. Bushey Road.
On this day:
- Vera Brittain records on 19th May (in book 'Vera Brittain's Diary', Thorpe, ISBN 0 7089 8716 8) a 'complacent BBC voice' reported '...as ghastly a storm of mechanised battles... as one could have imaged.' She adds, ' The Blitzkrieg (is) destroying what the men of the past built up with infinite exertion - towns, art, literature, civilisation itself - is a betrayal of the whole human race.'
- Churchill, in a BBC broadcast today: "Our task is not only to win the battle, but to win the war."
- Yesterday, the battleship HMS Resolution near Narvik was hit, but not sunk, by a 1,000lb bomb from a Junkers Ju 88.