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28 May 2010

Tuesday 28th May 1940

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Mild, getting cooler, cloudy, gentle rain nearly all day. To buy Dinkey something thence along little rail path and half-way along big rail path. Into Kingham's in evening to look at wireless set; new H.T. battery needed. King of the Belgians orders his troops to cease fire and capitulate, but his government do not acknowledge his command. British Expeditionary Force to retire as they are surrounded on all sides and their only escape is by the sea. Very serious.

Troops wade out to a rescue ship. (Graphic Photo Union in Masefield's The Nine Days Wonder.)


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