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16 May 2010

Thursday, 16th May 1940


"Large British bomber accompanied by six Spitfire fighters flew over in evening"
Very mild, brilliant sunny day after morning rain, but very rough chilly wind. Some work in garden; had to put new stake in to support Lady Penzance sweet briar. Put picture up in the living room after having the chimney swept. Large British bomber accompanied by six Spitfire fighters flew over in evening.

On this day:
Germans breached extension of Maginot line - a line of concrete fortifications, tank obstacles, artillery casemates, machine gun posts, and other defences, which France had constructed along its borders with Germany and Italy. Photo shows Block 14 at Ouvrage Hochwald in 1940. These were were interconnected via a network of underground tunnels that often featured narrow gauge electric railways, power stations, barracks and mess halls, kitchens, water storage, ammunition stores, workshops. Their crews ranged from 500 to more than 1,000 men. (See Wikipedia)

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