21 June 2010

Tuesday 18th June 1940

Warm, lovely genial sunshine but very boisterous N wind. To Wimbledon to buy a high-tension battery at Stones also to buy Dinky's fish, and to take some jam to Miss Trewin at Payne & Birdseye's* ticket office: she delivers it to Hayward's office staff through her sister on behalf of Ciss. To give Aunt Liza some roses in evening. Germany has not yet granted an armistice to France and is sweeping across that country with little opposition now.

*Our blog reader 'Greyfox' explains that Payne & Birdseye were removal contractors with several branches in SW & SE London.

On this day:

  • Churchill, speaking in the House of Commons, said,"If we open a quarrel between the past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future... Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say,  'This was their finest hour'."
  • The United States declared that it would not accept any attempt by Germany or Italy to transfer 'any geographical region of the Western Hemisphere from one non-American power to another non-American power'.

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